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Sens. Crapo, Risch say Idaho Statehouse is ‘where common sense reigns’

Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch addressed the state House and Senate today, and both told lawmakers they’re the ones doing things right. “It is so fabulous to be back where common sense reigns,” Crapo said. “It’s a continuous struggle in Washington, D.C.”

Crapo, Risch tell lawmakers Statehouse is ‘where common sense reigns’

Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch addressed the state House and Senate today, and both told lawmakers they’re the ones doing things right. “It is so fabulous to be back where common sense reigns,” Crapo said. “It’s a continuous struggle in Washington, D.C.”...

Responses to the State of the Union

A State of the Union Address generates lots of e-mailed responses. We're compiling some from around the region inside the blog.

First candidate out, second being considered, but Idaho still has no new federal judge

Down to just one district judge, the U.S. District Court in Idaho has identified 10 out-of-state judges from Colorado, Washington, California and elsewhere to serve as visiting judges and hear Idaho cases while the court awaits an appointee to replace longtime Judge Edward Lodge. Meanwhile, multiple sources say the controversial first prospective nominee put forth by Idaho’s two GOP senators, a Boise attorney, is no longer being considered, and a second candidate, a sitting state district judge from Twin Falls, is now being vetted by the White House.

Crapo announces Kempthorne endorsement, repeats ‘conservative’ 5 times

Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced today that former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, also a Republican and former Idaho senator, has endorsed Crapo’s re-election bid, something that’s hardly a surprise. Crapo is seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate, after serving three terms in...

Attorney with GOP ties, little trial experience could be Idaho’s next federal judge

After a secretive process that spanned more than a year, Idaho’s two U.S. senators appear to be proposing that Idaho’s next federal district judge – a lifetime appointment – be a little-known, 41-year-old Boise attorney whose law practice has been largely limited to environmental administrative law, representing timber and mining interests and land developers, and who failed to make the short list when she applied through a merit process for a state judgeship in May.

Eye on Boise: Crapo holding town-hall meetings across Idaho

BOISE – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is in the midst of an unprecedented series of town-hall meetings across Idaho, hitting towns large and small, talking about the national debt and taking questions. “We started last October,” Crapo said. “It really lends itself, I think, to a more intimate discussion.” He’s held the sessions in towns as small as Moyie Springs, Craigmont and Ucon; and as large as Boise, Meridian, Hayden and Coeur d’Alene. He’s been to Iona, Ammon, Kuna, Elk River and Athol.

Western senators push bill to fix how forest firefighting is funded

BOISE – With wildfires raging along with the costs to fight them, a group of Western senators on Wednesday touted a solution for paying firefighting bills. The U.S. Forest Service has seen a stunning shift in its operations and priorities, with the growing cost of fighting wildfires eating up much of the agency’s budget and “crippling” its ability to do anything else, according to a Forest Service report released last week.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo raises record re-election funds

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is flush with campaign cash as he seeks a fourth six-year term, with more than $4.2 million in the bank and a record fundraising haul in the past quarter that eclipsed any reporting period since he was first elected to the Senate in 1998. “It is a privilege to serve the people of this great state and very humbling to see the tremendous support we have received,” Crapo said in a statement. “I have always put Idaho first and will continue fighting in Washington, D.C., for our conservative values.”

Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers say U.S. hostages should be part of Iran deal

At President Barack Obama’s press conference last week, he was pressed by a reporter about why the nuclear deal with Iran didn’t secure the release of four Americans in Iran, three being held in jail, including Idaho Pastor Saeed Abedini, and one missing. That’s a concern raised by all four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation in their reactions to the administration’s newly announced nuclear deal with Iran, about which the lawmakers ranged from skeptical to openly hostile, with Sen. Jim Risch labeling the agreement “horribly flawed.”