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Idaho’s Sen. Risch touts ranking as No. 1 Obama opponent

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch was the most conservative member of the Senate in 2013, according to the new rankings by National Journal which calls Risch “the high-energy, low-visibility junior Republican senator from Idaho,” who topped better known GOP Sens.

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Bacon on the grill: Simpson, Crapo, Risch cook up good news for Idaho Nat’l Lab

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson helped deliver $24 million more for the Idaho National Lab than the Obama administration sought in the big spending bill passed Wednesday in the House. Thursday brought more good news for the engine of the

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Ada County Republicans snub Rep. Simpson, affirm support for Sens. Cruz and Lee

The Ada County Republican Central Committee is supporting the efforts of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and expressing pride in three of Idaho’s four GOP members of Congress joining them in voting against a

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Labrador, patting self on back, explains why he held Idaho town halls

Idaho’s junior member of Congress, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, says he’s been asked why he bothered to hold four town halls during the August recess. His senior colleagues — GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and GOP Rep. Mike

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Score update: Labrador 4, rest of Idaho delegation, 0

Idaho’s junior lawmaker, Congressman Raul Labrador, has added a fourth town hall during the August recess, making a Friday afternoon stop in Council. Labrador will appear from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Council Mountain Cafe, 102 Moser Ave.

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Longtime congressional aide to direct Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts

Laurel Sayer, who retired in April after 20 years as a congressional aide to Republicans Mike Crapo and Mike Simpson, has been named the first executive director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts. Founded in 2008, the coalition includes

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Has Mike Crapo gone soft on Common Core standards?

On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Crapo didn’t come out opposed to the controversial Common Core State Standards. But Idaho’s senior senator voiced serious reservations about the nationwide standards movement — which incorporates the Idaho Core Standards in math and English language arts, which

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Crapo, Risch explain opposition to immigration reform bill

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said the immigration bill approved by the Senate Thursday is flawed, with Crapo saying border security is inadequate and Risch calling the bill a “Band-Aid.” The Republican lawmakers issued two news releases as

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Idaho’s largest ag sector ‘disappointed’ by Crapo, Risch immigration votes

The Milk Producers of Idaho are lamenting that GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were among the nay votes in Thursday’s 68-32 passage of a comprehensive immigration reform. “We are disappointed that Idaho’s two Senators chose to not join

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Despite conceptual support, Crapo, Risch vote against allowing states to tax Internet sales

Both Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they support allowing states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases by their residents and both backed an April 24 procedural vote to allow the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

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