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Poll: Otter holds 14-point advantage; Risch up 25 points

Incumbent Gov. Butch Otter holds a 14-point lead in a poll conducted last week by Rasmussen Reports, a conservative-leaning polling company. The Republican Otter had 50 percent backing in the poll of 750 likely Idaho voters, according to survey results

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Democratic congressional candidates to appear Thursday at CWI in Nampa

Former 2nd District Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings will be joined by the party’s other two major federal candidates at a College of Western Idaho forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nampa. U.S. Senate hopeful Nels Mitchell, a

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Mitchell dings Risch on promise to cut entitlements; Risch rattles tin cup for donors

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell says incumbent Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch is “irresponsible” and is playing to his party’s “extreme right wing” or “really wants to destroy the financial security of seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Either

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Risch re-election almost a sure thing, GOP is slight favorite to control Senate, says Silver

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch is among six U.S. senators with a 99 percent likelihood of re-election, according to Nate Silver, the forecaster who precisely predicted President Obama’s Electoral College win and percentage of the popular vote in 2012. Silver

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Mitchell blames Risch for Idaho’s ‘race to the bottom’ on K-12 funding

Democrat Nels Mitchell says then-Gov. Jim Risch‘s 2006 law shifting hundreds of millions in school funding from local property taxes to the state general fund was a “disastrous scheme” for which he should apologize. Risch replied that he’s proud of

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Mitchell assails Risch as ‘Senator No,’ says No. 1 conservative rank hurts Idaho

Idaho Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell says Sen. Jim Risch’s rank as the most conservative vote in the Senate for three of his five years in office proves he’s an obstructionist and the “anti-everything candidate” for re-election. Risch touted

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Risch on Mitchell: Stronger ties to California and New York than Idaho

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch used Tuesday’s entry of Democrat Nels Mitchell into the 2014 Senate race as an opportunity to raise money and to define Mitchell as a liberal with tenuous ties to Idaho. Risch wrote that Senate Majority

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Nels Mitchell vows to beat ‘career politician’ Idaho Sen. Risch

Democrat Nels Mitchell blamed Republican Sen. Jim Risch for Idaho’s low-wage economy and said that after 37 years in elected office he puts perks ahead of the interests of Idaho. “I run to replace a career politician with a citizen

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Democrat Nels Mitchell to announce challenge to Idaho GOP Sen. Risch Tuesday

Political newcomer and Boise lawyer Nels Mitchell will formally announce his campaign to unseat first-term GOP Sen. Jim Risch at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Boise Depot. Mitchell “promises to give Idaho‚Äôs hard working families and small businesses a powerful

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