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Michael Gerson: Conservative media bubble about to burst

It is a model that has been good for Rush and Fox, but bad for the GOP. Republicans are now caught in a complicated electoral dynamic. What their base, incited by conservative media, is demanding, the country is rejecting

House conservatives oppose McCarthy, search for alternative

The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are anxious to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker, but they’re outnumbered and it’s unclear if they can rally behind an alternative. That leaves the Californian the heavy favorite when Republicans choose their candidate to replace John Boehner on Thursday.

Spin Control: Spokane Valley spits centrist bit

Picking up a slightly dated copy of USA Today last week made me wonder if I’d been away from Eastern Washington so long a seismic shift in the body politic had occurred in my absence. Spokane Valley, it said, was the No. 1 city for “centrists.” What the what? Spokane Valley, which has no Democrats running for the Legislature and usually an all-Republican City Council, is centrist?

Labrador carries independence to D.C.

WASHINGTON – While speaking to Latino voters in Boise about a decade ago, Raul Labrador caught the eye of Idaho’s highest-ranking Democrat in the state House of Representatives. The audience was captivated by Labrador, an immigration lawyer fluent in Spanish, and former state House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet recalls pulling the charismatic speaker aside to explore his interest in running for a seat in the Idaho Legislature.

Marijuana backers courting conservatives

DENVER — It’s not all hippies backing November’s marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Appealing to Western individualism and a mistrust of federal government, activists have lined up some prominent conservatives, from one-time presidential hopefuls Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul to Republican-turned-Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Hal proves civility in political discourse possible

Hal Dixon once told me that we live in different worlds. Different political worlds, surely – Hal is a conservative, and I am not. But Hal, who is the most thoughtful guy who writes regularly to point out how wrong I am, was talking about something else entirely: how our work lives shape our political lives.

Huckleberries: Kootenai Republicans’ civil war not letting up

The battle between the conservative Reagan Republicans and the uberconservative United Conservatives of North Idaho for control of the Kootenai County Republican Party won’t end soon. Huckleberries hears that the Republican Central Committee is split 31 to 31 between the factions after the precinct committeeman elections Tuesday, with six others having ties to both sides and two vacancies.

Idaho’s Labrador forms tea party bloc

WASHINGTON – Freshman Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, dissatisfied with news coverage dominated by the top members of the House of Representatives, has put together a group of tea party-backed freshmen who are trying to influence how bloggers and traditional media are covering Congress. Labrador, a Republican, has organized a group called Conversations with Conservatives that features firebrands of the House freshman class. They often aren’t happy with how the media portray them, and they’re trying to shape coverage by offering easy access to the press to ask them about anything.