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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 Tweets of 2010.” The tweet, sent by campaign manager John Foster around 2 a.m. as Election Night stretched into morning, said, “Congratulations to Raul Labrador on a hard-earned win, and best of luck as Idaho’s next Congressman.”

Idaho lawmakers blast EPA proposal

Idaho’s congressional delegation is lambasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to clean up historic mining waste in the Coeur d’Alene River’s headwaters.

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 a second four-year term, despite widespread concern about his decision to cut school funding and the failure of the major initiative of his first term, a big investment in the state’s roads.

Glitch at Otter’s office leaves farmers lacking aid

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state’s congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost after Otter’s office failed to meet a paperwork deadline.

Crapo, Sullivan debate taxes, federal spending

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo sparred with Democratic challenger Tom Sullivan over taxes and federal spending in a televised debate Tuesday night, with Crapo warning that “America is facing very difficult times.” Crapo said he wants to press “Idaho’s principles in the fight that we will inevitably have for the future of this nation,” and called for extending all the Bush tax cuts.

Idaho U.S. Senate race

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate, after making history six years ago by running unopposed for his second term, drawing only a write-in challenger. This time, Crapo faces two longshot challengers, Democrat P. Tom Sullivan, of Tetonia, a first-time candidate, and Constitution Party candidate Randy Lynn Bergquist, of Fruitland.

‘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 facing off with their challengers on statewide TV. The “Idaho Debates,” sponsored for the past three decades by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club and broadcast live on Idaho Public Television, will turn to the Senate race on Tuesday night, starting at 7 p.m. Pacific time, with Crapo debating Democratic challenger Tom Sullivan.

Baker family invited back to White House

The White House hopes to make amends to the family of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker after they were turned away from a West Wing tour because of dress code issues. Reports surfaced Wednesday that the St. Maries family was turned away from a West Wing tour over the weekend because Baker’s step-grandson was wearing shorts and a T-shirt bearing a the war hero’s image. The family was in the D.C. area for Baker’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Crapo, Risch sponsor wolf delisting bill

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced legislation Wednesday to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah.