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EOB: Labrador: At least I tried to fix it

Looking back on this summer’s tumultuous Idaho Republican Party convention, which he chaired, 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says he’s not sorry he stepped in, even though the confab ended in chaos, without any votes on leaders, resolutions or the party platform as two wings of the party fiercely opposed each other. “I think what I keep reminding people is that at least I tried to fix the problem that we had,” Labrador said. “One of my favorite quotes is from Teddy Roosevelt about the man in the arena. I think sometimes politicians are afraid of getting right in the middle of something because they’re so worried about what happens to them politically. I actually wanted to solve the divide that existed in the party.”

Labrador noted that he spent five hours the night before the convention reached its climax trying to bring both sides to a compromise. “It was rejected, and I still don’t understand why it was rejected, but there’s nothing I could do about that,” he said. “The easy thing for me would have been to say, ‘Hey, I’m running for majority leader of the House, I should walk away from this so I don’t have anything fall on me.’ I think that would be the chicken way out, and I don’t do that.” Betsy Russell, EOB Read more.

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Labrador wants 31 acres of BLM land for gun range

Idaho 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador announced today that he's introduced legislation that would transfer 31 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management property in Idaho County to the county for use as a gun range. “For years, the Idaho County Commission has been ready to install a gun range in the Riggins Area, but they’ve been prevented from building it because of cumbersome BLM regulations,” Labrador said in a statement.

He said under federal law, the BLM can't sell or give the parcel to Idaho County; and under agency policies, it can't lease it to the county. Betsy Russell, EOB More here.

What do you think  of Labrador's latest legislation?

Labrador wants to be Majority Leader

Idaho’s Raul Labrador, a tea party favorite, announced his intentions to replace outgoing GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a statement this morning.

“I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people,” Labrador, a sophomore lawmaker from Eagle, said in an official statement released through a spokesman.

In the statement, Labrador said he was “shocked” by Cantor’s loss in the Virginia primary Tuesday to relative unknown Dave Brat. But he said Cantor’s defeat sent a “clear” message that “Americans are looking for a change in the status quo.” More here.

What do you think of Labrador's chances at replacing Cantor?

Labrador Endorses Fulcher For Guv

First District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador endorsed Russ Fulcher for governor today, over two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “Butch Otter has done a lot of things to admire in office,” Labrador said at a Statehouse news conference with Fulcher. “But after 40 years in government, he has lost his way. … Idahoans are looking for leaders with political courage and fresh ideas. Russ Fulcher has both. … He will give our state a chance to fulfill its promise.” Labrador, a tea party favorite who’s facing only token opposition in his bid for a third term in Congress, said he believes Idaho “should be the next Silicon Valley,” and said he thought Fulcher would steer the state to “high tech and high wages”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: Betsy Russell)

Question: Is Labrador taking a big political risk here by endorsing the opponent of a two-term governor?

Raul: Gore Should Return Peace Prize

Congressman Raul Labrador's response to a question re: climate change presented by David Gregory of NBC's “Meet the Press”:

It’s interesting that about a decade ago there was a lot of talk about “global warming.” Thirty years ago we were talking about “global cooling.” Now all we hear about is “climate change.” There has been evidence throughout history of cycles when the earth gets warmer and cycles when the earth gets colder. We should always be wise stewards of the earth and all of our natural resources. But as a policymaker, I won't be guided by the global warming propaganda machine. Al Gore - we need you to return your Nobel Peace Prize!/Meet the Press. Full transcript of interview here.

Thoughts?

Insurgent Past Dogs Labrador

During the weekend, the story about an alleged ethics violation became less about the accused - Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. - and more about her accuser. That would be Todd Winer, who according to sources cited by the Spokesman-Review filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The OCE has forwarded the file on to the House Ethics Committee, which may hold hearings. Winer used to be McMorris Rodgers' press secretary. But that isn't the juiciest part.After departing the Washington Republican's office, he took up a similar post with Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. In fact, he'd been working for Labrador for about a month when OCE got the complaint/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Thoughts?

Labrador, Ringo Differ On Shutdown

Democratic state Rep. Shirley Ringo says Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador is among a group “holding the country hostage to serve their extreme agenda” by refusing to fund the government without delaying Obamacare. Labrador counters that the House Republicans proposal to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by a year is “very reasonable” and calls Tuesday’s partial closure of the federal government “The Obama Shutdown”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

  • Labrador tweets that he's going to discuss the shutdown on two national TV programs tonight.

Question: Why are the national media so interested in Labrador?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/ringo-says-labrador-holding-country-hostage-in-shutdown-labrador-blames-obama/#storylink=cpy

Labrador Doesn’t Want Shutdown?

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador blamed a potential federal government shutdown next month on what he sees as President Barack Obama's unwillingness to delay the health care reform law's further implementation. With a shutdown, there “wouldn't be a significant change” visible to most Americans, the Republican said Tuesday in an interview with The Press editorial board. A shutdown is possible at the end of this month because the U.S. House and Senate can't agree on a budget bill for continued government funding. The two houses are battling over funding for the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare. A recent House version of a proposed stopgap budget, known as a “continuing resolution,” includes an item that would defund Obamacare. That won't go anywhere in the Democratic controlled Senate. So if the Senate strips the defunding provision out of the House budget, Labrador said a delay of Obamacare would be a great compromise/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you think the 1st District supports Congressman Labrador's continuing fight against Obamacare, even if it means a shutdown of the federal government?

Raul’s Bill Backs Traditional Marriage

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador on Thursday introduced the bipartisan “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act” to prohibit discrimination in the U.S. tax code against “individuals or institutions that exercise religious conscience regarding marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” As of Thursday’s introduction, Labrador’s H.R. 3133 has 60 Republican and two Democratic co-sponsors, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, an influential group that advocates conservative social and economic causes. Labrador told the Statesman he wrote the bill as a response to the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act’s barring of federal recognition of gay marriage/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose this bill?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/labrador-bill-would-protect-tax-breaks-for-proponents-of-traditional-marriage/#storylink=cp/

Labrador Co-Sponsors Shutdown Bill

1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador announced today that he is co-sponsoring a resolution introduced today by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1 only if President Obama's health care law is both de-funded and its individual mandate to purchase insurance delayed for a year. “If there’s any single issue that can unite House Republicans and has the strong support of the American people, it’s getting rid of ObamaCare,” Labrador declared/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose the bill that Raul Labrador is co-sponsoring?

Raul: We Aren’t World’s Police Force

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador uses his weekly electronic newsletter to reaffirm his opposition to use of force in Syria, recounting an exchange with a veteran whose son served in Afghanistan and is “no longer the same.” In an 800-word essay, Labrador says the woman, whose husband also is a veteran, begged him to “keep us out of Syria.” Labrador recounts meeting the woman at the Boise Philharmonic’s “Americana” concert Aug. 30 in Eagle and himself being moved by a piece by composer John Williams from the World War II film, “Saving Private Ryan.” “As I was listening to the music, I could not stop thinking about the many men and women who had given their lives in defense of our country and ached for them and their families,” Labrador writes. “I also thought about those who could lose their lives if we got embroiled in a conflict in Syria/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Congressman Labrador that “We are not the police force of the world”?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/idahos-labrador-on-syria-we-are-not-the-police-force-of-the-world/#storylink=cpy

Labrador: Remember Benghazi, Too

Congressman Raul Labrador issued a statement re: 9/11, which reads in part:

“Twelve years ago today, over 3,000 Americans were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.  Today, we honor the memory of those we lost that day, including those who gave their lives to save the lives of others.  We must never forget the victims or their families.  Nor can we forget the reason we were attacked – the freedom we enjoy at home, and our willingness to serve as a beacon of freedom to people all around the world.  We must stay vigilant in the fight against terrorism. One year ago today, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were murdered in Benghazi in another terrorist attack.  It is my hope that today’s anniversary will spur greater action to bring the perpetrators to justice and to get a full accounting of what happened on that fateful day.” More here.

Question: Is 9/11 a good day to make a political statement re: Benghazi?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/labrador-statement-on-911-benghazi-anniversaries/#storylink=cpy

Boehner Tweaks Neutral Labrador

House Speaker John Boehner drew applause from a crowd of 430 backing 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson with a clear misstatement: he said Simpson’s 1st District colleague and fellow Republican was backing Simpson in his primary race. “I want to thank Raul Labrador for being here today and being supportive of his colleague in his re-election bid,” Boehner said Monday at a Boise event that raised more than $95,000 for Simpson’s campaign for a ninth term. Trouble is, Labrador has said he will remain neutral in the contest between Simpson and tea party challenger Bryan Smith, who is endorsed by Club for Growth. Labrador is allied with tea party groups and the anti-tax Club for Growth, which Simpson expects to raise up to $2 million on behalf of Smith/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is one of the better congressman. The fact that Tea Party darling Raul Labrador won't back him for re-election says more about Labrador than Simpson. What do you think?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/was-boehner-ribbing-labrador-about-support-of-simpson/#storylink=cpy

Edit: Ringo Will Shake Things Up

In a Sunday editorial, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune writes: If you talk to a national handicapper such as political wonk Charlie Cook, state Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, is wasting her time challenging Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. But you've not seen this kind of political dynamic in Idaho for some time. For the sake of argument, consider:

  • Experience — Ringo may be the most tenured Idaho candidate for Congress since then Idaho House Speaker Mike Simpson embarked on his congressional career 15 years ago. She has served seven terms in the Legislature - and has the enlightening experience of losing a re-election campaign only to come back and win the next time. Perched on the budget-writing and Joint Legislative Oversight committees, Ringo knows where the bodies are buried.
  • Message — Ringo is something rare in Idaho politics - an unashamed Democrat. Count the list of candidates who have run away from that label. Whether it was former Congressman Walt Minnick or the party's 2010 gubernatorial nominee Keith Allred, it hasn't worked. The base of true believers sit on their hands while moderate Republicans stay loyal to the GOP. More here.

Question: Will an unabashed Democrat, like Shirley Ringo, test Congressman Raul Labrador more than a moderate one, like Walt Minnick?

Labrador seeks 3rd term

1st District Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador announced this afternoon that he'll seek a third term in Congress, not run for governor. “I've decided to end all the speculation and announce that I have no plans at this time to run for Governor,” Labrador said at a Meridian news conference. “I do not feel that I have yet completed the mission you sent me to Congress to do. There is still much work to be done. Whether at the state or the national level, I will always be an advocate for Idaho.”

In response to questions from reporters, Labrador said, “I never really thought about it seriously. At first it was kind of funny when people would ask me – I had only been in Congress for less than one term, and people just started asking me if I would run for governor.” Betsy Russell, EOB

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Labrador Won’t Endorse Simpson

Though they deny it, the breach between Idaho's only two members of the U.S. House of Representatives might be widening. Rep. Raul Labrador says he won't observe the longstanding custom of endorsing fellow Republican Rep. Mike Simpson over primary foe Bryan Smith. Smith is courting the GOP's right wing, where Labrador is popular. Neither will Labrador say whether he considers Simpson a conservative. “You know,” Labrador said Wednesday, “I said I wouldn't speak about the race.” Simpson, however, says he will back Labrador over primary challenger Michael Greenway. “Well, let me just say I'm supporting Raul,” Simpson said Wednesday/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you consider this bad/good form on Labrador's part?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/08/08/2694647/rep-labrador-wont-endorse-simpson.html#storylink=cpy

Labrador As Next House Speaker?

Though he’s just in his seventh year of public office — four of those as a junior member of the Idaho House — 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador has landed in a Top 10 of possible successors to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. The list was prepared by Roll Call reporters Emma Dumain and Matt Fuller in a column titled “10 Republicans Who Could Be Speaker.” Labrador is listed last on the list, which begins with more conventional candidates including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Would you like to see Congressman Raul Labrador become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/forget-governor-idahos-labrador-touted-as-next-house-speaker/#storylink=cpy

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?

Carlson: Otter Would Kick Raul’s Butt

Columnist Chris Carlson's analysis of the game of chicken being played by Gov. Butch Otter and Congressman Raul Labrador re: 2014 gubernatorial race:

There is a huge bluff game being played and at this point it appears Governor Otter has bluffed Congressman Labrador into thinking he really is running for a third term. Furthermore, the governor appears to have convinced Labrador that in a head-to-head primary he would kick Labrador’s rear. To that end there are rumors Governor Otter is quietly preparing a huge north Idaho fund-raiser that will feature – no, not Tea Party darling and the new Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz – but rather the charismatic governor from New Jersey, Chris Christie. Governor Christie is clearly no favorite of the Tea Party so this has about it an “in your face” message to Labrador. Neither does holding a fund-raiser remove all doubt about the governor’s intentions. He does in fact have a hold-over campaign debt (a loan from himself to his campaign) and the proceeds all could go to paying off the debt to himself. My guess is that if Governor Otter runs, he would crush the overly ambitious congressman. Full column here.

Question: Who would win a GOPrimary race for guv between Otter and Labrador?

Labrador ♥s Attention, Microphones

Raul Labrador has a thing for microphones. Supporters and critics alike describe the Idaho Republican congressman as a self-confident firebrand eager to speak out, especially in private meetings with his fellow Republicans. Labrador “practically lunged at the microphone” in one 2011 meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP conference, according to Robert Draper's 2012 book Do Not Ask What Good We Do. In another meeting, Draper wrote, Labrador “rushed to the open microphone.” At yet another, Labrador listened to Boehner speak and then “immediately went to the mike.” Labrador — a 45-year-old Mormon father of five, tea party congressman, and Puerto-Rican-born only child of a single mother — is a man in a hurry, friends and associates say/Jon Ward, Huffington Post. More here.

Question: Is Raul Labrador more concerned about his political career than he is serving Idaho?

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