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Raul Labrador

A candidate for U.S. Representative (GOP), Idaho Congressional District 1 in the 2012 Idaho Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 47City: Eagle, Idaho

Occupation: Incumbent congressman

Immigration attorney, two-term congressman. Has sponsored 17 bills and co-sponsored 291; none have become law. This year Labrador ran unsuccessfully for House majority leader. A native of Puerto Rico who is fluent in Spanish, Labrador is among just a small number - fewer than 10 - of Hispanic Republicans serving in the House. Prior to winning his seat in Congress, Labrador served two terms in the Idaho House.

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Last updated: May 16, 2:35 a.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Raul Labrador (R) 57,876 80.64%
Reed McCandless (R) 13,898 19.36%
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Labrador Holds Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Raul Labrador fields a question from the audience during a town hall meeting at North Idaho College Tuesday night. (Phantom Photographer photo for Huckleberries Online) Reflecting on difficulties faced in his career as a doctor, Norman Leffler had a dark prediction on Tuesday night…. Read more

Farris releases income tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns Thursday and called on incumbent GOP Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’ ” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Read more

Farris releases 10 years’ tax returns, calls on Labrador to do the same

Idaho 1st District Congressional candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Farris, at… Read more

Congressional candidate releases 10 years’ tax returns

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Idaho 1st District U.S. House candidate Jimmy Farris released 10 years of his income tax returns today, and called on incumbent Congressman Raul Labrador to do the same. Labrador immediately rebuffed the request. “He just said, ‘No comment,’” said Labrador’s campaign spokeswoman, China Gum. Read more

Farris Issues Tax Return Challenge

Idaho’s 1st District Democratic nominee Jimmy Farris said Thursday that “transparency in our elected officials is of the utmost importance” and released a decade of federal tax returns. (Links are below.) Farris said he was doing so in the spirit for former GOP presidential candidate… Read more

Farris: Have TV Spot, Need Cash

First-time Democratic candidate Jimmy Farris has a buoyant 60-second spot that he hopes will air this fall in his race against freshman GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. Titled, “A Future Leader, Now,” the video is available only on the Web. Farris raised about $37,000 through June… Read more

Labrador: Cut More Trees

Some rural counties that once thrived off timber sales are hoping Congress will allow them to pay for roads and schools by increasing logging in national forests. Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador introduced a bill last month allowing for the establishment of locally managed reserves… Read more

Labrador, Farris speak out on health care reform repeal vote

Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador today defended his vote in the House to repeal the national health care reform law, saying, “Since my time in the Idaho State Legislature, it has become clear to me that Idahoans oppose every aspect of Obamacare. … This… Read more

Eye on Boise: Labrador urges governor not to implement exchanges

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has joined U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a group of other national lawmakers in signing a letter urging all 50 states’ governors not to implement health care exchanges as required under the national health care reform law recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I urge Governor Otter to not implement an expensive, intrusive, punitive health exchange on the businesses and people of Idaho,” Labrador, R-Idaho, said in a statement. “I urge all Governors to let Congress finish the job the American people sent us to do, to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense free market solutions.” Read more

Labrador joins DeMint, Bachman urging states to not set up health exchanges

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador has joined Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., and a group of other national lawmakers in signing a letter urging all 50 states’ governors not to implement health care exchanges as required under the national health care reform law… Read more

Farris Rips Labrador For Vote

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What Would Founding Fathers Do?

Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador reacted to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform by saying the nation’s Founding Fathers would be “appalled.” He wasn’t the only one invoking the Founding Fathers in the wake of the controversial decision. But David Adler, constitutional… Read more

Scholar: History belies suggestion founding fathers would have been appalled by ruling

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform by saying the nation’s founding fathers would be “appalled.” He wasn’t the only one invoking the founding fathers in the wake of the controversial decision. But David Adler, constitutional scholar… Read more

Eye on Boise: Use care when invoking Founding Fathers

BOISE – Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador reacted to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform by saying the nation’s Founding Fathers would be “appalled.” He wasn’t the only one invoking the Founding Fathers in the wake of the controversial decision. But David Adler, constitutional scholar and director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, said a look at history suggests a different conclusion. Read more

Raul Wants Idaho To Manage Forest

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador is looking past the November election with a bill that would give states opportunities to show they do a better job managing national forest lands. Labrador knows his bill, which would establish pilot projects to turn over about 1 percent… Read more

Labrador Backs Holder Contempt Vote

Today Idaho First District Congressman Raúl Labrador voted with the majority of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his role in the Department of Justice withholding evidence from the Committee in the botched Fast… Read more

Eye on Boise: Labrador rips immigration shift

BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, an immigration attorney who touted his expertise on the issue as he ran for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat two years ago, blasted President Barack Obama’s announcement Friday of a major change in the nation’s enforcement of immigration law. The president announced that young illegal immigrants will be able to avoid deportation if they can prove they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. Read more

Labrador: Obama immigration move ‘blatantly political’

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, an immigration attorney who touted his expertise on the issue as he ran for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat two years ago, blasted President Obama’s announcement today of a major change in the nation’s immigration law enforcement: Young illegal immigrants will… Read more

Edit: Raul Hurting 2014 Guv Chances

There’s no shortage of people who think Congressman Raul Labrador is running for governor in 2014. But that can’t be the case. No politician in his right mind would do what Labrador did last week if he intended to ask eastern Idahoans for their support… Read more

Hucks: Ex-NFLer Runs For Congress

It isn’t every day that a Dem congressional candidate in blood-red Idaho asks for support from a man who spoke at the 2008 GOP national convention on behalf of presidential candidate John McCain. And gets it. But Jimmy Farris is special to former Washington Redskins… Read more