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Idaho’s Marc Johnson on Bundy, Sterling and a ‘post-racial America’

Marc Johnson, the former spokesman and chief of staff to former Idaho Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, has a provocative piece about his takeaway from recent news about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. “So much for

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Denney accuses Ysursa of conflict of interest in endorsement of McGrane

Rep. Lawerence Denney on Tuesday criticized outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa for endorsing Phil McGrane over Denney and two other Republicans in the race to replace Ysursa. “I was surprised to see our current Secretary of State endorse somebody

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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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Idaho’s Labrador predicts Boehner’s demise over immigration, may run himself

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports that Idaho’s two-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador says his party needs new leaders and he “is not ruling out a run for leadership himself.” Labrador told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that House Speaker

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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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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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NY Times says Idaho’s Labrador espouses ‘Insufficient Craziness Theory’

The liberal editorialist who leads the opinion pages of the nation’s largest newspaper says that Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador and his tea party colleagues suffer from “political blindness” that may prompt them to trigger another government shutdown early next

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Watch online Wednesday morning as Labrador meets with reporters on shutdown

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador has been all over the media representing the views of the tea party wing during the shutdown of the federal government. Tomorrow morning, Idaho politics junkies can watch live-streamed video of the monthly “Conversations with

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Idaho’s Simpson, Labrador, ask Obama to seek congressional approval on Syria

Idaho Republican Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador both signed a letter with colleagues — including House Speaker John Boehner — to President Obama on Wednesday saying they “strongly urge” the commander-in-chief ”to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering

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Boehner tweaks Labrador about ‘support’ of Simpson

House Speaker John Boehner drew applause from a crowd of 430 backing 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson with a clear misstatement: he said Simpson’s 1st District colleague and fellow Republican was backing Simpson in his primary race. “I want to

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