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Crapo to seek another term

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says he will seek re-election in 2016. In making the announcement Friday in Lewiston, the 63-year-old Republican says he's committed to resolving a number of critical issues to the country. The Lewiston Tribune reports ( ) that Crapo was elected to the Senate in 1998 to succeed Sen. Dirk Kempthorne. He is serving the fourth year of his third term and is ranked 39th in seniority in the Senate. A member of the minority party in the Senate, Crapo is the ranking member of the Senate's Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and serves on the Budget and Environment, Public Works, Indian Affairs and Finance committees. There had been speculation by some political observers that Crapo would retire from the Senate after his current term.


Crapo, Simpson “fiscal heroes”

Idaho's two most experienced lawmakers — Republican Sen. Mike Crapo and 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson — have been named to the inaugural class of 32 “Fiscal Heroes” in Congress by the Campaign to Fix the Debt.

The award was announced last week by the non-partisan group based in Washington, D.C. “Fiscal Heroes,” according to the group, take fiscally responsible votes, push their leaders to make debt a priority, lead bipartisan efforts and educate constituents by “advocating to keep tough choices on the table.”

Fix the Debt supports entitlement reform and tax reform to put the nation's $17 trillion debt “on a downward path in the long-term and allow the economy to thrive.” More here. Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesmen

Well? Are they your fiscal heroes?


Crapo gets Unicorn Award

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo speaks at news conference Monday in Boise at the Idaho state capitol

Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo got caught up in an Obama campaign stunt to help push his initiative to address climate change.

Volunteers for Organizing for America, the political arm of President Barack Obama headed by Boise’s Jim Messina, gave Crapo the Unicorn Award, along with 134 other Senators and Congressmen who deny climate change is caused by greenhouse gases.

“Senator Crapo has shown leadership in land use issues and worked closely with the environmental and scientific community. Why won’t he sit down at the table with them – and a majority of the American people – on climate change?” said Jill Kuraitis, a Boise Obama volunteer. “Senator Crapo is highly intelligent and Harvard-educated. It doesn’t make sense that he isn’t acting with the urgency this issue presents.” Read More. Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman


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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?

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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


Crapo Addresses IRS Scandal

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo met with the Panhandle Pachyderm Club Friday at Templin's Red Lion Inn in Post Falls to discuss the latest on the Internal Revenue Service scandal. “We started hearing the IRS was targeting people about three years ago,” the senator told an audience of about 60 people. He said that is when he started looking into the issue and was told that there was nothing to it. “The head of the IRS said they were not targeting anyone for political purposes, even though he has been to the White House over a hundred times,” Crapo said, adding it was probably even more than 100 times. According to one audience member, he had been there 157 times. Since then, Crapo said Congress has learned that the agency was in fact targeting conservative groups that were engaged in political activity/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Senator Mike Crapo met with Leslie Damiano on Friday to discuss her experiences with the IRS who demanded passwords to her computer accounts regarding Tea Party activities)

Question: Is it chilling to realize that a neighbor in Kootenai County has had this bad experience with the IRS?

Crapo Returns Firing re: Gun Control

Sen. Mike Crapo held a press conference at a Boise gun shop today, where he blasted Congress' and President Barack Obama's bid to tighten gun laws while promoting reauthorization of a 2004 law that, among other things, directs federal taxpayer money for mental health courts. The AP reports that Crapo is using the latest congressional recess to emphasize his reputation as a serious policy maker, not a man on his heels after his December drunken driving arrest and this month's disclosure that his campaign lost $250,000 on a loan-gone-sour/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Will it take Sen. Crapo long to put scandals behind him?

Crapo: IRS Targeting Just Happened?

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asks: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: “Are you or is the IRS taking the position that somehow this coalition of audits that focused on people from these political perspectives just happened accidently?”

The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner. Douglas Shulman, who vacated his position last November when his five-year term expired, told the Senate Finance Committee he didn’t learn all the facts until he read last week’s report by a Treasury inspector general confirming the targeting strategy. In his first public remarks since the story broke, Shulman said: “I agree this is an issue that when someone spotted it, they should have brought it up the chain. And they didn’t. I don’t know why”/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you think this targeting of Tea Party groups just happened?

Trib: Idaho’s $3M Man Loses Some

If Congressman Raul Labrador's re-election campaign lost a quarter of a million bucks, the Idaho Republican would be down to his last $472. For Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, misplacing $250,000 would leave him $183,509 in the hole.Even U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho - one of the wealthiest people in Congress - would have only $17,707 left in his campaign war chest if somebody walked away with $250,000.U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho? He's rolling in cash.So much in fact that when a young campaign staffer mishandled $250,000, Crapo didn't notice for two years. Once he did, Crapo waited another three years before alerting the Federal Election Commission — and you. Last week, Crapo's campaign acknowledged that a twentysomething at the helm of his 2010 re-election organization took $250,000, invested the money with a friend and lost it/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should we be a little more upset about this than we are?

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?

Crapo Rents Liquor Firm Event Space

The optics are not good on this one. Not quite four months since Sen. Michael D. Crapo was arrested in Virginia and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the Idaho Republican apparently feels right at home heading to a fundraiser at a private townhouse owned by a liquor conglomerate … Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern said the fundraiser was planned before Crapo’s arrest.  “He has used the facility for quite some time for various fundraisers,” Nothern said. “My understanding is the event was booked prior to the incident over the holidays”/Heard on the Hill, Roll Call's Gossip Blog. More here.

  • H/T: Kestrel West Morning Memo

Question: Really?

Crapo won’t fight DUI charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo says he won’t fight charges of drunken driving when he appears in court in January.

That’s according to a spokesman, who says Crapo has consulted an attorney.

Crapo registered a higher blood alcohol level in a second, jailhouse test than the first test conducted by the officer who stopped him.

Police say Crapo registered a 0.11 percent blood on the scene after being pulled over in Alexandra, Va.

But a law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that another test performed at the jail — the one used in court — registered at 0.14, just under the level that mandates jail time. Virginia’s legal limit is 0.08.

The official isn’t authorized to release information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Crapo’s vodka shots

This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va. Police Department shows Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo. Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012 and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said.

According to this story in The Huffington Post, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo told police that he drank several shots of vodka prior to his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

The story says the arresting officer “described his (Crapo’s) eyes as ‘bloodshot and watery.’ Despite the fact that he drank vodka, the officer noted a smell of alcohol on his breath ‘which became stronger as he spoke.’”

Crapo was arrested in Alexandria, Va., on Dec. 23.

Not sure what's left to say here. I guess the relevant point is a non-drinker doesn't usually down vodka shots. Perhaps Crapo should have stuck with Miller Light or whatever Idahoans are drinking these days.

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?

Crapo Hangs With Alice

At his town hall meeting in Post Falls over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo hobnobs with local Republican grand dame Alice Rankin, widow of the late Kootenai County commissioner Ron Rankin. (Duane Rasmussen photo for Huckleberries Online)

Crapo: Father, Take Care Of Yourself

In a column for Father's Day, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, urges men to take better care of their health: “Fathers take care of us, and one Father’s Day idea is to encourage them to also take care of themselves. Men often pay too little attention to their health until a serious problem emerges. According to the Men’s Health Network, men have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer. Additionally, the life expectancy of men is approximately five years lower than the life expectancy for women. Maintaining healthy lifestyles and preventive efforts are fundamental to changing these statistics. Men’s health concerns affect far more than men alone. They affect families and loved ones.” More here. (SR file photo: William Jackson Smart, father of Sonora Smart Dodds, the founder of Father's Day)

Question (for fathers): Do you get an annual physical & otherwise take care of yourself for your family's sake?

Mag: Crapo 3rd Most Conservative

For over 30 years, the National Journal has rated members of Congress on their conservative records, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been ranked third in the U.S. Senate for his voting scorecard in 2011.  The respected publication determines ratings based on select roll-call votes from previous years to create an ideological scale for Congress, including votes regarding economic, foreign and social policy issues.  The publication gave Crapo high marks for his leadership on issues such as deficit reduction, tax reform and health care/News Release from Mike Crapo's office. More here.

Question: Any of these rankings surprise you?

Crapo To Sit With Dem For Speech

Sen. Mike Crapo is the only member of the Idaho delegation so far to sign on to an effort for members of Congress to sit with a lawmaker from the opposite party during the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. There’s no word on which Democrat that Crapo will be sitting with and, unlike many members of Congress, he’s kept it low key. Congresspeople from other states have been sending out press releases touting their participation in the bipartisan seating arrangement, a sign that the partisan atmosphere in Congress has become so poisonous that it’s reached the point where it’s considered a big deal where people sit. Alaska Sen. Murkowski is the main Republican championing the bipartisan date idea in the Senate, while Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is doing so in his party/Sean Cockerham, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you like the idea of Democrats and Republicans sitting together tonight to here President Obama's State of the Union speech?

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