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Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 9:04 a.m.

Popkey: Idaho’s ‘two Mikes’ making history in D.C. deficit reduction battle

Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey had an interesting look on Sunday at the role Idaho's "two Mikes," Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson, are playing in the current deficit reduction talks in Washington, D.C., at considerable political risk to their own careers. Writes Popkey, "Wise men — from Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to political scientist Jim Weatherby — could cite no previous example of two members of Idaho’s tiny congressional delegation playing leading roles on the major issue of a generation. 'It takes a lot of guts in this highly toxic anti-tax environment,' said Weatherby." You can read his full column here.




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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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