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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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Naghmeh Abedini tells NPR she’s ‘very hopeful’ husband Saeed home soon

Naghmeh Abedeni, the wife of jailed Boise pastor Saeed Abedini appeared in a seven-minute interview Sunday morning, saying, “I don’t give my kids a timeline, but I’m very hopeful that we would see him home soon.” She cited as signs of

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Labrador joins Risch, would vote no on use of force in Syria

Rep. Raul Labrador has become the second member of the four-man all-GOP Idaho congressional delegation to say he will oppose the use of force in Syria. “I gave the Administration a chance to make their case, but they couldn’t make

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Idaho’s Simpson vows to use chairmanship to fight Obama power plant regs

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said Thursday he will employ his power as chairman of the subcommittee that writes budgets for environmental spending to fight what he calls President Obama’s “contempt for congressional processes” on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Crapo to take constituents’ questions Wednesday in ‘Tele-Townhall’

Sen. Mike Crapo said he’s hoping for comments on the “lack of transparency and accountability” in the Obama administration during the second of his four 2013 telephone town hall meetings Wednesday at 7 p.m. MDT. “Since the last townhall, the

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Idaho’s VanderSloot says IRS audits saved him money, but blasts fed scrutiny

Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot has seized on the brewing IRS scandal in interviews published this week with leading conservative outlets. VanderSloot said what he characterizes as politically motivated federal audits turned out fine — he’ll pay less taxes as a

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An open letter on Abedini to Obama: ‘What are you going to do?’

Pamela Fadness, a Twin Falls woman who is missions coordinator at Lighthouse, organized a fundraiser last month for the family of Saeed Abedini, a Boise pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran since September. Fadness wanted to do more to

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Idaho health exchange hearing begins with homage to civility, moves to talk of socialism, fascism

House and Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood invoked President Lincoln’s memory Thursday in urging calm and respect on the hot-button issue of the year, GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s push for a state-based health insurance exchange to allow consumers to shop

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More good press for Labrador: Post calls him ‘middleman for immigration reform’

In a long story in today’s Washington Post, Rep. Raul Labrador says he’s hoping for a face-to-face with President Obama and says he’s convinced skeptical constituents that reform is good for the Republican Party and the country. “I think this

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