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From bigotry to baloney: NYT looks at Idaho 1st CD race

Here's a link to today's New York Times story by reporter William Yardley on Idaho's 1st CD race, which notes that "racial overtones have developed here, echoing other campaigns where immigration is an issue," including Nevada's Harry Reid-Sharron Angle race. “Idahoans are not bigoted, but he’s assuming that the people of Idaho are,” Labrador says of Minnick in the article.  “He’s assuming that the people of Idaho are going to look at those ads and say ‘I’m not going to vote for the Puerto Rican guy.’ ” Minnick calls that “baloney” and defends his ads as revealing Labrador's "flip-flopping" on the immigration issue.

Also in the article, Minnick offers this explanation for why he wouldn't switch to the Republican Party: “It’s easier to be a fiscally conservative Democrat than it is to be a socially moderate Republican.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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