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Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on the flap over Congressman Walt Minnick’s new negative ad targeting GOP challenger Raul Labrador. Here’s a link to an article today by Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman on how Minnick is in a quarter-million-dollar dispute with the IRS over the value of a conservation easement. Here’s a link to Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker’s report on House GOP leaders disputing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred’s role in the 2009 gas tax fight in the House, and here’s a link to a Lewiston Tribune article on Gov. Butch Otter deciding to do a radio call-in show in Boise on Oct. 7, the day that formerly was to be the Lewiston gubernatorial debate until Otter backed out.

And here’s a link to a Wall Street Journal article today on how business interests are increasingly worried about how the election of Tea Party-backed GOP candidates to Congress could threaten their priorities next year; Labrador is interviewed in the article as a prime example, saying he opposes any government program that could help one segment of the business community over another. “I’m against all of them,” Labrador told the Journal. “I don’t think the government should be picking winners and losers.”


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

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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