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Idaho fares poorly in congressional power rankings

The website has come out with its latest “power rankings” for members of Congress, both House and Senate, and Idaho didn’t fare so well. Of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the site ranked Idaho’s Rep. Mike Simpson 220th, and Rep. Bill Sali near the bottom at 423rd. In the Senate, Sen. Mike Crapo ranked 72nd of the 100 senators, while Idaho’s senior senator, Larry Craig, was ranked a dismal 98th.

The site, which is operated by two non-partisan firms that “specialize in facilitating civic participation” and offer such services as congressional and media guides, issue alerts and bill tracking, rated each current member of Congress on “criteria that demonstrated power and the ability to be effective in Congress in 2007 and 2008.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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