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LaRocco, Risch spar over ads

Democratic Idaho Senate candidate Larry LaRocco has two new TV ads out criticizing Republican rival Jim Risch on social security and taxes. While the ads aren’t technically inaccurate, the Risch campaign objects to their claims as “half-truths,” while LaRocco says they’re spot-on. “I stand by the ads,” LaRocco said. “I think they properly portray what his policies and actions have been. We’ve been very careful about that, very careful about that.” One of the ads features a sober, kitchen-table discussion; the other is a cartoonish ad in which a carnival barker’s voice criticizes Risch, who is shown as a cartoon figure with a bobbing head. Both can be seen online here; here’s a link to my full story at

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

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