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Idaho’s Labrador earns 100% American Conservative Union score, Simpson drops to 46%

First District Rep. Raul Labrador is among 15 members of the 435-member U.S. House with a perfect record on 25 scored votes in 2013, earning the American Conservative Union’s “Defenders of Liberty” award. But 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson voted

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US Chamber of Commerce to air ads, calling Rep. Simpson ‘conservative, Idaho strong’

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which includes Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot on its board, will spend $84,000 on TV ads in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District to support eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. The Associated Press reported the news Thursday, having

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Idaho gets new chief federal judge — in Rhode Island

Idaho’s struggle to address booming caseloads got a boost last month when Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson introduced a bill to add a third U.S. district judge. But with a divided Congress and fiscal woes, passage is a long shot.

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Endorsement watch in Idaho’s 2nd District: Simpson counters Smith with more GOP heavy hitters

Eight-term incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson is bolstering his support among the GOP establishment with a new list of county campaign chairs including five sitting lawmakers, two former lawmakers and a former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. Simpson announced in

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Idaho GOP establishment lines up behind Rep. Mike Simpson

Eight-term Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson announced Tuesday that his campaign organization includes five of seven state constitutional officers, the top leaders of the Idaho House and Senate and the state’s senior lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. Gov. Butch Otter

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Idaho congressional delegation furloughs workers; Crapo, Risch will donate pay

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation scaled back constituent services Tuesday during the partial government shutdown. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they will donate the portion of their $174,000 annual pay earned during the shutdown to charity. Crapo is keeping

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Town hall semantics: When is a lawmaker dodging constituents?

The criticism heaped on Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson for not holding any unscripted “town halls” during the August recess has prompted a conversation with Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern. Nothern took issue

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Idaho’s Simpson: Cut EPA budget 35%, block Obama climate change gambit

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s Appropriation’s subcommittee on Tuesday approved a budget cutting Environmental Protection Agency spending by $2.9 billion, trimming spending to fiscal 1978 levels. Simpson, who chairs the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, also included language

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Gasp! Mike Simpson once saw the Rolling Stones (and more campaign broadsides)

The political silly season is off to an early start with the anti-tax group Club for Growth throwing its financial weight behind Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith in his challenge to eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. Among Simpson’s outrages, says

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Idaho history says odds are 23-1 against upset of Rep. Simpson

GOP challenger Bryan Smith has the deep-pocketed Club for Growth on his side, but history suggests the odds are against him, writes University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier. In the 61 congressional elections since Idaho became a state, 88 of

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