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Legendary Idaho House tax committee chairman Antone dead at 92

Steve Antone, a plain-spoken farmer who spent a dozen years as the gatekeeper of Idaho tax policy, died Saturday. The Rupert Republican served 28 years in the Idaho House, the last dozen as chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation

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Otter, Little soliciting St. Paddy’s Day pot-o-gold for Mike Simpson

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little are seeking $250 sponsors for a St. Patrick’s Day “Bring the Green” fundraiser for 2nd District Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. In a fundraising letter addressed to “Dear Friends,” Otter and Little,

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Romney to stump for Otter, Simpson & Risch in Idaho Falls, Boise

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will spend March 19 and 20 in Idaho Falls and Boise on behalf of the re-election campaigns of Gov. Butch Otter, 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. “These are three guys

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Romney endorses Otter, his 2012 Idaho co-chair, for re-election

Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has endorsed Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter for a third term. Otter co-chaired Romney’s Idaho campaign. “A proven conservative leader with a tangible legacy of principled Republican leadership, Governor

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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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Simpson provision in budget law restores spuds to WIC food program

Idaho GOP Congressman Mike Simpson used his clout as a top appropriator to get white potatoes back on the list of vegetables eligible for purchase under the $6.5 billion Women, Infants and Children (WIC) voucher program operated by the U.S.

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As NPR declares Smith-Simpson a bellwether, BIPAC’s Casey back in town

National Public Radio star David Greene will spend the week in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District because he says the race between tea party challenger Bryan Smith and eight-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson is a “bellwether” on the battle for control

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Gem State Tea Party joins national group targeting Idaho Rep. Simpson

The Washington, D.C.-based Madison Project is hosting a grand opening of its Boise field office Friday night, along with get-out-the-vote training for those aiming to unseat eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. The new political action committee, which endorsed Simpson’s challenger

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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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Smith adds four more Idaho lawmakers to endorsement list, score 8-8

Second Congressional District candidate Bryan Smith now has eight GOP lawmakers in his corner in his bid to unseat eight-term Rep. Mike Simpson in the 2014 primary. Smith, a lawyer from Idaho Falls, announced four new endorsements Wednesday, from Sens.

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