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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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Kerry scolds Risch with ‘taste of reality’ on Ukraine conflict + video

Secretary of State John Kerry reacted aggressively when Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch suggested the Obama administration’s tactics are letting the Russians “misbehave even worse” in the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry replied by telling Risch about “the realities of the

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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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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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Apologies to Sen. Risch: Spam filter did me in

My story today about GOP Sen. Jim Risch’s new Democratic challenger Nels Mitchell mistakenly said the Risch campaign declined my request for comment Tuesday. That was incorrect. I received a timely reply Tuesday from Jason Risch, the senator’s son and

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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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Risch’s top aide regrets role in upcoming Idaho fundraiser

John Sandy, official chief of staff to Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch, says he regrets having included his name as a contact for a campaign fundraiser featuring hunting and headlined by Risch and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Sandy’s phone number

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