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Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over GOP tax bill, deficit

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo on parting with his longtime deficit allies, the Committee for a Reponsible Federal Budget, over the GOP tax bill; congressional hopeful Russ Fulcher gets a superPAC's backing; and lawmakers eye lobbying fees; my Sunday column...

Eye on Boise: Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over deficits to back tax cut

Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out against the GOP tax plan when it was on the verge of a vote in the Senate last week, warning, “Real tax reform can provide a boost to the economy, but higher debt works in the opposite direction.” The Senate tax bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Fulcher endorsed by ‘Club for Growth’

Republican U.S. House candidate Russ Fulcher has won the endorsement of the conservative national group Club for Growth. The endorsement, tweeted by the group Monday, is a boost for Fulcher as he attempts to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates. The open 1st Congressional District seat has attracted a wide...

Leroy, Fulcher tout fundraising, endorsements as 1st CD race gears up

The first round of campaign finance reports is out in Idaho’s 2018 race for the open 1st Congressional District seat that current Rep. Raul Labrador is leaving to run for governor, and so far, GOP hopefuls David Leroy and Russ Fulcher have been actively raising...

Sun. column: Idaho’s political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions...

Eye on Boise: Fulcher and Labrador do Idaho’s political switcheroo

Idaho’s big political switcheroo – with former state Sen. Russ Fulcher dropping out of the governor’s race after nearly a year of campaigning, switching instead to the 1st Congressional District race, and earning current 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador’s endorsement in the bargain – is raising plenty of questions about how Idaho’s hot 2018 political campaigns are shaping up.

Fulcher drops out of guv race

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, has dropped out of the race for governor and instead will run for the 1st District congressional seat being vacated by Raul Labrador – who’s also running for governor. And the move has won Fulcher Labrador’s endorsement.

Idaho businessman vows to cut budget if elected governor

Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist said Tuesday he'll slash $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018. Ahlquist didn't pinpoint what he plans to cut from Idaho's general fund, which totaled roughly $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2018, the AP reports...

Changes at agencies, new faces in campaigns…

From a new state Health & Welfare director to two new parole commissioners to an array of moves among the gubernatorial campaigns and lobbying groups, my Sunday column offers a roundup. Also, Sen. Crapo pushes to extend Secure Rural Schools funding, and 'dozens' turn out for Labrador-for-governor campaign stop in eastern Idaho...

Eye on Boise: Idaho’s largest state agency to get a new director

Idaho’s largest state agency will get a new director in July – Gov. Butch Otter has named Russ Barron, currently deputy director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, to be the next director when longtime head Dick Armstrong retires June 30.

3 of 4 Idaho GOP governor candidates have voted frequently

Four Republican candidates are vying to be Idaho's next governor, a race that's expected to be one of the state's most competitive in 2018. According to voter participation records requested by The Associated Press, three of the candidates have a strong history of casting votes on Election Day. The fourth voted, but not as often...

EOB: Candidates for Idaho governor hit the campaign trail early

A year out from the primary election in the 2018 race for governor of Idaho, the campaign has started heating up. 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, one of the hopefuls, has announced he’ll go on a three-day tour of the state to formally announce his candidacy, with stops Tues in Boise, Wed in Post Falls and Thurs in Idaho Falls.

Guv candidates hitting the campaign trail early; my full Sun. column

A year out from the primary election in the 2018 race for governor of Idaho, the campaign is heating up. 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, one of the hopefuls, has announced he’ll go on a three-day tour of the state to formally announce his candidacy, with stops Tuesday in Boise, Wednesday in Post Falls and Thursday in Idaho Falls...