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Eye On Boise Raul Labrador archive


Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it; link to full story

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the voter-passed initiative. In Idaho, a voter-passed initiative has the same status as a law passed by the Legislature – lawmakers and the governor can change or...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

From left, Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, participate in a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls clash in debate, trade jabs

Idaho's top Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, a four-term congressman, pushed his aggressive economic plan to cut nearly a $1 billion of the state's taxes...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

Sunday column: From the odd to the bizarre...

In my Sunday column this week, there’s the odd – GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador claiming that the health care bill the Idaho House refused to debate last year was “Medicaid expansion” and would have added thousands of "able-bodied adults" to the Medicaid rolls, when...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2018

THURSDAY, JAN. 11, 2018

Labrador pushes bill to build wall

Raul Labrador and three other Republicans are introducing a bill that would let some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children stay for another three years, while also passing a host of other immigration-related measures Republicans have been discussing, including a $30 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and cutting legal...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2018

Labrador ups ante on tax-cut proposals to nearly 30% of state budget; my full Sunday column...

Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, currently the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already been advocating, he’s adding another $120 million-plus. Labrador’s “5-5-5 plan” to cut personal and corporate income tax rates and Idaho’s sales tax...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2018

TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2017

Labrador votes yes on tax plan, misses others for fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador cast a yes vote for Congress’ tax plan overhaul in Washington D.C. after missing several votes the day before to attend a gubernatorial campaign event in Idaho. The Republican congressman attended the fundraiser Monday and then flew back east that night to make Tuesday’s vote. Labrador declined to comment...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 2017


Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador addresses the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho via video link on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, from Washington, D.C. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Labrador to ATI: 'Government needs to be slashed'

At this afternoon’s “Gubernatorial Forum on Taxation” at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference, two of the GOP candidates for governor – Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist – are appearing in person, but 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador appeared...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 2017

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, left, poses with Candlelight Christian Fellowship Pastor Paul Van Noy, in a photo Labrador sent out in a press release touting Van Noy’s endorsement of Labrador’s run for governor of Idaho. (Labrador campaign)

Amid national debate over churches’ role in politics, Labrador touts pastor’s endorsement

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who is running for governor, is touting his endorsement by the pastor of a Coeur d’Alene church where Labrador recently held a large town hall-style gathering. It comes as U.S. House Republicans push to free up pastors to openly endorse candidates from the pulpit. But that’s not the law now–and experts say Labrador...

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MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

Eye On Boise

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