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Fulcher and Otter differ on repeal of 17th Amendment (w/ video)

Sen. Russ Fulcher is offering lukewarm support for a divisive tea party tenet — repeal of  the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1913, the amendment provides for the direct election of senators by the people rather than

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Issues in Fulcher-Otter race set up prospect of Idaho tea party ticket

Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher completed his listening tour last week, but began this week in campaign mode on the tea party circuit. Though Fulcher, R-Meridian, hasn’t yet said whether his exploratory effort will turn into the real thing

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Idaho’s Smith-Simpson top test of tea party challenges to incumbents, says Politico

Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith’s challenge to eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is emblematic of 2014 intraparty contests with Republicans “hitting one another in a growing number of primaries propelled by the party’s nasty split over the federal shutdown and

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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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‘Constitutional sheriff,’ drug war foe to speak to Gem State Tea Party

Former Sheriff Richard Mack will be back in Idaho in August, following up last year’s controversial appearance at the Kootenai County Republican Party Lincoln Day with a speech to the Gem State Tea Party’s 3rd “Liberty Summit” in Burley. Mack,

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Idaho’s Labrador again snubs GOP leaders, helping deal ‘humiliating setback’

In October, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was in Boise to help Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador raise money for his first re-election bid. But when Cantor needed Labrador’s vote on a bill allowing people with preexisting health conditions

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Seven Idaho lawmakers ask AG to investigate robocalls opposing Otter’s health exchange

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and six other lawmakers have asked for an inquiry into possible violations of the Idaho Telephone Solicitation Act by opponents Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange bill. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office is reviewing the

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Idaho’s Labrador to talk budget, immigration in Wednesday online news conference

Idaho’s sophomore Republican Rep. Raul Labrador continues the “Conversations with Conservatives” series Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. MST. Viewers can watch the hour-long live-streamed event, which will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building. Labrador and other lawmakers popular with the

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