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Ward a leader in hospital fight

BOISE – Eight months after his 2010 U.S. House campaign imploded, Vaughn Ward has re-entered the fray of public debate. Ward, the U.S. Marine Reserve lieutenant colonel upset in last spring’s GOP primary election by Raul Labrador, is now chief executive of the private Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls.

Labrador now a GOP ‘Young Gun’

BOISE – Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador has ended an awkward dance with the National Republican Congressional Committee by agreeing to join its “Young Guns” candidate recruitment program, after refusing earlier. “With the election coming so quickly, I don’t want the NRCC changing our campaign themes and strategy,” Labrador said. “My campaign will reflect Idaho values, not the priorities of Washington, D.C.” But, he said, “After being assured they would not interfere with our campaign’s Idaho-focused strategy, I agreed to participate.”

Campaigns adjust to Labrador upset

BOISE – Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s campaign has spent months and money preparing to square off against Republican Vaughn Ward. They even tracked the Marine reservist’s every step along the campaign trail on video. But GOP voters in western Idaho had different ideas. They selected state Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday as the Republican nominee in Idaho’s nationally targeted 1st Congressional District race.

Labrador wins GOP nomination in Idaho

State lawmaker Raul Labrador has won the Republican nomination for North Idaho’s seat in Congress, pulling a primary upset over rival Vaughn Ward as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with big consequences.

Labrador leads Ward in Republican primary

A contentious race for the GOP nomination for North Idaho’s seat in Congress went down to the wire Tuesday night, as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with big consequences. Up and down the ticket, the election set the stage for major contests in November, while writing the final chapter in other races, including a contested nonpartisan race for the Idaho Supreme Court. In that contest, incumbent Justice Roger Burdick was edging out 2nd District Judge John Bradbury.

Palin aids Ward, riffs on wardrobe

BOISE – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had harsh words for the “lamestream media” and the liberal left as she gave an enthusiastic speech rallying voters for GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward in Boise on Friday. “I like those bumper stickers that say, ‘You can keep the change,’ ” Palin told a crowd of between 1,500 and 2,000 at the Qwest Arena in downtown Boise.