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  • Eye on Boise: Labrador hires ex-rival’s ‘most important person’

    BOISE – New GOP congressman Raul Labrador has hired outgoing Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick’s constituent services director, Lisa Anderson, to be his constituent services director. “Essentially she’ll be performing the …


  • Huckleberries column will have new home

    This’ll be my last Huckleberries column as part of Handle Extra. When you next see Huckleberries, it’ll be after the new year, included in the weekend edition of the regular …


  • Eye on Boise: Minnick concession Tweet No. 8 on ranking list

    BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s election-night concession on Twitter made history – according to Twitter. It was ranked No. 8 on the site’s list of the “10 Most Powerful …


  • North Idaho presence on JFAC drops by two

    BOISE – Now that embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has been removed from the House tax committee for the next two years, where did he land? House Speaker Lawerence Denney …


  • New lawmaker knows of student debt

    BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans. “It’s how I got through law school,” …


  • Labrador still staddled with student debt

    BOISE – Idaho’s newest congressman-elect is a 42-year-old attorney and former state lawmaker, but he’s also still paying off thousands in student loans.


  • Labrador says win sends message

    BOISE – Idaho elected its first Hispanic to represent the state in Congress on Tuesday, as Raul Labrador upset freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick with a decisive 51 percent to …


  • GOP incumbents finding easy wins in Idaho

    A tumultuous election in Idaho led to high turnout and strong feelings, but the most-Republican-voting state in the nation was left little changed. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rallied to win …


  • Minnick’s latest TV ad disputed

    BOISE – Idaho congressman Walt Minnick has come out with another hard-hitting TV ad about GOP rival Raul Labrador, this one focusing on a federal drug case involving an illegal …


  • House rivals squabble over wilderness, campaign funds

    BOISE – With the latest independent poll showing Idaho’s 1st District congressional race narrowing to a dead heat, congressman Walt Minnick and GOP rival Raul Labrador clashed in a debate …


  • Ad highlights vote on specialty plates

    BOISE – Idaho U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick has launched a new TV ad that repeats his earlier criticisms of GOP rival Raul Labrador, plus adds a new one: that Labrador …


  • TV stations pull anti-Minnick ad

    BOISE – At least two TV stations pulled a new independent ad against Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick Tuesday that falsely claims Minnick voted in favor of the federal stimulus bill. …


  • Minnick, Labrador race close

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s lead over Republican Raul Labrador fell from 10 percentage points in mid-September to 3 percentage points late last week, says a poll commissioned by The …


  • Candidates fight over same label

    BOISE – Freshman congressman Walt Minnick is a new kind of Idaho Democrat – one who votes more often with Republicans than with his own party, one who attracts business …


  • Labrador TV ad misled on rival

    BOISE – Republican Raul Labrador’s campaign has pulled a new ad that took a remark made by U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick out of context to suggest the Democrat favors a …


  • Stimulus hot topic in race for Congress

    BOISE – Republican Raul Labrador and Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick are at odds over a series of letters sent by Minnick and other Idaho lawmakers seeking support of projects …


  • Labrador calls new Minnick ad ‘shameful’

    BOISE – Idaho congressman Walt Minnick has launched two new campaign commercials, one touting his work on veterans’ issues and the other criticizing GOP challenger Raul Labrador for his votes …


  • Minnick proves ‘quietly effective’ with legislation

    BOISE – Freshman Rep. Walt Minnick has sponsored more legislation, and seen more of it pass, than any other first-term U.S. House member from Idaho in the past two decades. …


  • Eye on Boise: Spirited debate in race for Secretary of State

    BOISE – They may be lower-profile state offices, but there were lively debates last week in the races for Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa …


  • Labrador ad attacks Minnick

    BOISE – Idaho GOP congressional hopeful Raul Labrador on Tuesday launched a TV ad trying to portray Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick as a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …


  • Idaho 1st congressional race

    Freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick is being challenged this year by state representative Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, and two others, in one of Idaho’s most-watched election contests.


  • ‘Fire Pelosi’ tour stops for Labrador

    BOISE – Republican U.S. hopeful Raul Labrador says if voters in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District want to know how he’d represent them if elected, they need only to look at …


  • ‘Idaho Debates’ this week: Senate, congressional race

    BOISE – This week will bring the big debates in the races for Idaho’s U.S. Senate and 1st District congressional seats, with incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressman Walt Minnick …


  • New Minnick ad less biting

    BOISE – U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday, again faulting the record of his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration. The spot replaces both of Minnick’s …


  • Arizona lawman endorses Labrador

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who has been called “America’s toughest sheriff,” was in Coeur d’Alene on Monday to deliver his anti-illegal-immigration message at an annual Republican fundraiser. In the …


  • Expert cites tea party in Idaho poll’s divide

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s 16-point lead over Democrat Keith Allred masks weaknesses that show the race is far from over. Otter leads Allred 45 percent to 29 percent in a …


  • Eye on Boise: Big debates coming in top political races

    BOISE – It’s debate season, with major debates set in the coming weeks in Idaho’s top political races, giving voters who tune in a chance to see and compare the …


  • Minnick ad highlights his record against his own party

    BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn’t hit the airwaves. Minnick’s ad, the …


  • GOP ad puts Minnick front and center

    BOISE – Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick is featured in a new political ad, but it’s not from who you might expect. A new Republican National Committee Web video features …


  • Idaho reminding voters of photo ID law

    BOISE – The state is launching a campaign next month to remind Idaho voters that under a new law, they must provide photo identification to cast their ballots. Billboard advertisements …

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