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April Fools’: GOP opponent Chmelik chides Lt. Gov. Little in fundraising letter

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik begins a new fundraising letter with a report of the “stunning turn of events” that Lt. Gov. Brad Little phoned President Obama “to tell him he has decided to change his tune and will now,

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Sens. Hill, Winder beat down Ada GOP chairman’s claim of ‘vote buying’

Ada County Republican Chairman Greg Ferch said Friday that the 2013 Legislature approved Gov. Butch Otter’s state-run health insurance exchange because of “vote buying” by corporations. He was immediately rebutted by Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and Assistant Senate

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Crapo repeats debunked job-loss claim, sets 2014 ‘Tele-Townhall’ sched

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo will take questions Wednesday from Idahoans during the first of four hour-long “Tele-Townhall” events scheduled for 2014. Participants must sign up on Crapo’s Senate website by Monday at 3 p.m. Mountain Time. The call will

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Otter punches back: So you want Planned Parenthood helping sell health insurance?

UPDATED, 2:15 p.m. with Fulcher response defending his pro-life credentials. Gov. Butch Otter responded aggressively to challenger Russ Fulcher’s continued hammering of Otter for creating the state-run health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho. Otter says Fulcher, R-Meridian, the Idaho Senate’s

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Fulcher: Otter propping up Obamacare, not fighting for repeal

Sen. Russ Fulcher is blasting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s statement Tuesday, which urged insurance companies to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses whose policies will be terminated January 1 for failing to meet standards under the Affordable Care

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Fulcher challenge to Otter: It fits on a bumper sticker

It’s only happened twice since 1904, but Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher’s prospects of unseating an Idaho governor in his party primary are helped considerably by his simple message. In a column in Wednesday’s Statesman, I explore Fulcher’s chances

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Idaho tea party candidate Collett skewered for having 10 children on Medicaid (update)

(UPDATE: I’ve written a complete story, including an interview with Greg Collett, that appeared in Friday’s Statesman. It’s considerably more complex that the original post Thursday morning. Please take a look.) Original post: Greg Collett, a two-time GOP legislative candidate

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Labrador on NPR: ‘We’re not the ones who wanted to shut down the government’

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is responsible for the government shutdown because he believes it can help Democrats retain control of the Senate and win the House in 2014. “We’re not the ones

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Idaho’s Crapo, Risch among 19 votes against stopping filibuster on budget bill

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were among 19 Republicans on the short end of a 71-19 vote to end debate in the Senate Friday and force a vote on the House-passed spending bill to keep the government running

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Idaho’s Crapo: Obamacare delay welcome, but all-out repeal warranted

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over health programs including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, welcomed the Obama Administration’s surprise announcement that it will delay by a year

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