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Mitchell Assails ‘Senator No’ Risch

U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell said today he’s not surprised Jim Risch is touting his dubious achievement as the most obstructionist senator in Washington. “He’s running away from his record,” Mitchell said. “Risch has turned into ‘Senator No,’ and his negativism is hurting Idaho,” Mitchell said. “When he votes against funding for INL, against protecting women from violence, against payments to Idaho’s rural counties, he’s voting against Idahoans.” “Jim Risch wants to run as the anti-everything candidate because he has a dismal record of working for Idaho,” Mitchell said. “It’s no wonder he says it doesn’t matter if he’s on the job or not, because when you vote the way he does, it really doesn’t”/Dean Ferguson, Idaho Democratic Party. More here.

Question: Do you prefer politicians who vote against things most of the time?

Risch: Jeers To Extremist Risch

In his latest Cheers & Jeefs column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers jeers to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch:

First, Congressional Quarterly Magazine ranked him President Obama's No. 1 adversary in the Senate. Risch has voted against the president 73.3 percent of the time - far and away more than anyone else. Crapo, ranked third, voted 70.9 percent of the time against Obama's agenda.Then the National Journal once again named Risch the most conservative member of the Senate. He earned the same rating last year. Crapo came in 10th. There was a time when getting labeled as an extremist would be an embarrassment. Risch trumpeted both. Complete Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Will Risch's complete resistance to President Obama's agenda come back to haunt Idaho, which is heavily dependent on federal dollars?

Boise lawyer to challenge Risch

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boise lawyer plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Risch. Nels Mitchell aims to announce his run Tuesday at Boise's historic train depot. Mitchell grew up in Idaho's capital, but spent much of his professional career as a lawyer in New York and California. His legal experience includes several years as an associate regional director at the Securities and Exchange Commission in southern California, where he oversaw a staff of about 75 people who investigated and prosecuted securities fraud cases in the Los Angeles area. In Risch, Mitchell faces a foe who spent decades as a state legislator, lieutenant governor, fill-in governor in 2006 — and was elected to the Senate in 2008. He's now up for his first re-election.

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Risch Becomes Senate Voice On Syria

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, is becoming a “go-to” guy for cable news on Syria. Here he is on MSNBC, saying, among other things, that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims are laughable and that it's time to stop the rhetoric and concentrate on getting Syria's chemical weapons. Why Risch? Partly because he's on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees, and partly because he's pretty quotable/Jim Camden, SR Spin Control.

Question: Are you surprised that U.S. Sen Jim Risch, R-Idaho, has become a go-to guy re: Syria?

Risch Asking Right Q’s RE: Syria

Some of the best questions (re: Syria), so far, have come from Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, Risch Wednesday joined the minority in opposing Obama's request for congressional authorization.Here's what Risch is saying:

  • “I want to hear the analysis of what happens if you do pull the trigger,” Risch told Boise's KTVB. “You heard (Obama's) statement that it was going to be a one-shot deal sort of thing is what he described. Well, what happens if (Syrian strongman Bashar Hafez) al-Assad turns around and ups the ante and kills 5,000 people or 10,000 people with the nerve gas, which he has the capability of doing. What do you do then?”
  • This is no Afghanistan. Syria has some of the most sophisticated weaponry Russia can supply. So what happens after the U.S. intervenes? “My biggest fear is escalation and the unknown,” Risch said.
  • If not responding to the chemical attack threatens U.S. credibility, what about staging any attack that leaves al-Assad still in power? More here.

Question: Do you appreciate the hard questions that U.S. Sen. Risch is asking re: Syria?

Panel OKs Syria Resolution, Risch: No

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch was among the minority in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just now opposing a bipartisan resolution giving President Obama authority to use limited military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack; the resolution, crafted by the panel’s Democratic chairman and GOP ranking member, passed on a 10-7 vote. Five Republicans and two Democrats opposed it; seven Democrats and three Republicans supported it; while one Democat, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., voted “present.” The measure now moves to the full Senate for a vote next week/Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Sen. Risch?

Trib: Risch, Labrador Grandstanding

In his latest Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune give jeers …

” … to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and Congressman Raul Labrador, both R-Idaho. The latest D.C. twaddle has Republicans threatening to shut down the federal government to force an Obamacare repeal. Risch is among 11 GOP senators who have signed Utah Republican Mike Lee's threat. Labrador is among 66 Republicans who have endorsed a similar effort in the House from North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows. Whatever Risch and Labrador are up to here, it's entirely self-serving: Playing to the GOP's fringe is a certain winner in the all-important closed primary. Risch and Labrador are betting President Obama and the Democratic Senate so fear a shutdown that they'll defund Obamacare.” Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with this Jeer?

Ruthie: Risch Quiet, Hard Working

Dave Oliveria quoted someone as saying that Sen. Jim Risch was so quiet that the writer didn’t know the senator was still in office. That’s because Risch is so busy doing the work he is supposed to be doing that he doesn’t have time to brag about it. They probably didn’t know that of the 10 U.S. senators named as the most conservative in the U.S. Senate, Risch was named No. 1. And, in his first term, the senator is now ranking minority member on the Small Business Committee, a huge honor. Risch is one of the fiercest fighters for free enterprise and less government intervention/Ruthie Johnson, Hayden Lake, letter to SR editor.

Question: Would you use adjectives “quiet” and “hard working” to describe U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho?

Dairy Industry Rips Risch, Crapo

Idaho's dairy industry is applauding the Senate passage of bipartisan immigration reform legislation - and scolding Idaho's two senators for voting against it. “This legislation, should it become law, will greatly assist the largest industry in Idaho with the ability to grow and increase productivity,” said Brent Olmstead, director of Milk Producers of Idaho. “We are disappointed that Idaho’s two senators chose to not join in the bipartisan effort to fix the current immigration system. We have been and will continue to work with the Idaho delegation in the House to keep the current momentum on immigration reform going”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: P'haps Crapo & Risch should pay more attention to an Idaho industry affected by immigration reform than the ideologues within the Republican Party?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/crapo-risch-explain-opposition-to-immigration-reform-bill/#storylink=cpy

Durst: Crapo, Risch Demagoguing

On his Facebook wall, state Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, posts (re: Crapo, Risch oppose closing debate on immigration reform):  “US Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have demagogued the immigration issue to death. All this despite the clear evidence that in a state like Idaho, immigration reform isn't just a nice to have, its a need. Tell them that they need to stop posturing and finally demonstrate some leadership by supporting immigration reform today.”

Question: Do Sens. Risch and Crapo represent your stand on immigration reform?

Senate advances immigration bill; Risch, Crapo oppose

The U.S. Senate voted 82-15 today to clear the way for debate on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, turning back an attempted filibuster. The 15 “no” votes all came from Republicans, including both of Idaho’s senators, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo.

A second procedural vote also is scheduled today; if that goes like the first, several weeks of debate are then expected before the Senate takes final votes on the bill, proposed by a bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” but likely to see various amendments. Betsy Russell, EOB

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Andrus Calls Risch ‘Obstructionist’

Former Democratic Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus called Republican Sen. Jim Risch an “obstructionist” for stopping Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill. The two men fought regularly when Risch was Idaho Senate Pro Tem and Andrus was governor in the 1980s. So Andrus got personal when he chided Risch for withdrawing his support for Simpson’s bill, describing Risch as “this little short guy” who stopped Simpson’s Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act from getting out of the Senate. “I apologize, not for what I said previously, but that I said he was short,” Andrus said. Because of Risch, he has supported having President Obama designate the 500,000-acre Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak areas as a national monument/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo: Singer and environmental activist Carole King testifies during 2005 Boulder-White Clouds hearings in Washington, D.C.)

Question: Should Boulder-White Clouds be designated as a wilderness area?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/andrus-calls-risch-and-obstructionist-on-white-clouds/#storylink=cpy

Carlson: Risch On Cruise Control

“Where have you gone ?” Hum these lines to the tune of the Simon and Garfunkel song that became the theme music to that '60s classic movie, “The Graduate”: “Where have you gone Junketing Jim?/Idaho turns its needy eyes to you?What's that you say, Junketing Jim?/Hard workers have up and gone away./So those that stay might as well play?/Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey hey.” That, my friends, is essentially what Idaho's junior senator, Jim Risch, told Idaho Statesman political reporter Dan Popkey in a story that appeared May 6. Because nothing gets done in the nation's capital and everything is stalemated, a senator may as well sit back, not work hard, enjoy international travel and coast along/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you think U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is working hard for Idaho interests?

R’s Have Held Risch Seat Since 1949

The seat Sen. Jim Risch will defend next year as Republicans eye control of the U.S. Senate has been in Republican hands since 1949, trailing in longevity only two Kansas seats which have been held by the GOP since 1919 and 1939. So reports Eric Ostermeier at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Ostermeier has a knack for such cocktail-party-chat lists. Earlier this month, he reported that former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus (No. 11) and Bob Smylie (No. 31) were among the nation’s 50 longest-serving governors/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think a Democrat will win Risch's Senate seat between now and 2049, which would mean 100 years of dominance if it's still in Republican control?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/idaho-seat-held-by-risch-third-longest-held-gop-senate-seat-in-usa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=idaho-seat-held-by-risch-third-longest-held-gop-senate-seat-in-usa#storylink=cpy

Crapo, Risch Split On Common Core

Opposition to Common Core academic standards is rising within Republican Party circles, but Idaho’s two Republican U.S. senators are split on the issue. And their reasoning is noteworthy as well. Sen. Mike Crapo says the Common Core question has been vetted at the state level, and he sees no need for federal officials to interfere. Sen. Jim Risch says Idaho should establish its own standards, describing Common Core as a federal mandate. For federal lawmakers, Common Core is more than just an academic question. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently urged Senate appropriators to cut off federal spending on Common Core implementation/Kevin Richert, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: Is this the case of the center-right in the Republican Party opposing the Tea Party right on another controversial issue?

Risch Discusses Intel On Bomber

Earlier today, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, appeared on 'Out Front with Erin Burnett' on CNN to discuss FBI and CIA intelligence on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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2014 Elections: Blockbuster Or Bore?

Thirteen months out from the 2014 Idaho primaries, and a little more than 18 months away from the general election, what can we expect? Perhaps a snoozer? Randy Stapilus — a longtime Northwest political observer and former Idaho newspaper editor — advances that theory in a weekend column making the rounds. By already formally announcing his bid for a second term, Sen. Jim Risch probably “cleared the field of serious opposition,” says Stapilus. And incumbent Gov. Butch Otter may well be doing the same by signaling his plans to seek a third term. Writes Stapilus: “The closest thing to a wild card among major offices seems to be superintendent of public instruction, mainly because incumbent Tom Luna endured a big crashing ballot issue defeat last year on school overhaul, the centerpiece of his two terms in office”/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

Question: Is Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna vulnerable if he seeks re-election in 2014?

Trib Jeers Crapo, Risch Vote

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives — JEERS …. to U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho. They were among 40 Republicans who last week blocked Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in her attempt to launch a $1 billion Veterans Jobs Corp Act. Five Republicans joined her effort, but it fell short of the number needed to break a filibuster. Republicans contend Murray and the Democrats were playing politics by blocking a GOP alternative they claim would have been more fiscally responsible. In a $3.6 trillion federal budget, however, $1 billion is a rounding error. Only a sliver of the American public has paid the burdens of a dozen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The rest of the country has moved on. Now these veterans return, only to find themselves caught up in a hostile economy. The jobless rate for veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, is 12.7 percent. That's 50 percent higher than the national average. More here (final item). (AP file photo of Sen. Jim Risch at U.S. Capitol)

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Crapo & Risch deserve jeers for voting against a $1B jobs program for war veterans, for political reasons?

Trib: Jeers To 3 Idaho Delegates

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune jeered U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, all R-Idaho, for remaining silent when Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann slimed a loyal American diplomat. Marty: “Bachmann asserted Huma Abedin, a veteran aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 'has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making.'” Idaho Congressman Mike Simpon joined U.S. Sen. John McCain in criticizing the McCarthy-type attack. Marty again: “But when the Idaho Statesman's editorial board asked Labrador about it, he said: 'I think we would be foolish to think that people are not trying to infiltrate our government. … I would hope she's smart enough to have enough evidence to make a statement like that.' Crapo and Risch had even less to say. More here.

Question: Should Labrador, Risch and Crapo have spoken out against Bachmann's comments?

Trib: Risch Left A Mess Behind

Before he got elected to the U.S. Senate, Jim Risch served a few months as Idaho governor. Lieutenant governor at the time, Risch rose to the job in mid-2006 when Dirk Kempthorne got the nod to serve as President George W. Bush's interior secretary. Risch could have left well enough alone. Instead, he called a one-day special session of the Idaho Legislature. Then he imposed his will. But you already know that. Before it was over, Risch had passed a supremely consequential tax change. Rather than pay $260 million in property taxes to help schools, the governor grafted public education maintenance and operation support entirely onto the general fund. To pay for it, he backed a penny increase in the sales tax, then worth about $210 million/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: The editorial goes on to say that the Risch plan destabilized school funding and failed to maintain the property tax cut because school districts now use levies to balance the budget. Would you like to see a do-over on this one?

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