Idaho post office named after baseball slugger Killebrew
PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Post Office in a small western Idaho town has been named after National Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.
Incoming freshman Congressman Fulcher not naive about DC
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Incoming freshman congressman Russ Fulcher said he's "not naive" about his role in Washington, D.C.
As the new kid on the block, he doesn't anticipate the next Speaker of the House will ask his opinion on the issues of the day.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Fulcher plans to focus on constituent services.
Medicaid, immigration, climate top Idaho 1st District debate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental regulations, health care and immigration marked a few of the sharp divides to surface in a debate Monday night between the two candidates vying to represent Idaho's 1st Congressional District.
Republican Russ Fulcher and Democrat Cristina McNeil are running to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador who opted to run for governor, but lost in the primary.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican leaders on Thursday rallied behind a message of unity just days after many of them faced off in heated and contentious primary contests.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Tuesday's primary, says now is the time for Idaho's GOP base to come together and support Republican candidates in the months leading up to the November general election.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican voters came out in full force for Lt. Gov. Brad Little in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary, showing support of a candidate who has vowed to continue outgoing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's legacy of leading the state's recent explosive growth.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday won the hotly contested GOP primary in the race to replace Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Little secured the nomination against top opponents U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist.
The gubernatorial seat became a top race when Otter announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term — marking the first time in 12 years the top statewide office would be open.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on the Idaho primary (all times local):
Lt. Gov. Brad Little has won the hotly contested GOP primary in the race to replace Idaho Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Little secured the nomination Tuesday against top opponents U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three of Idaho's top Republican gubernatorial candidates have signed conservative activist Grover Norquist's famous anti-tax pledge.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Lt. Gov. Brad Little signed the pledge earlier this week after being approached by Norquist's organization. Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist signed the pledge last summer.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anything can happen in a crowded race to secure Idaho's 1st Congressional District.
The seat has attracted a wide range of candidates, now that four-term GOP U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is running for governor.
Labrador continues to defend record in new radio ad
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is continuing to defend his political record against attack ads arguing the Republican lawmaker has accomplished nothing during his time in office.
Labrador announced Thursday that his campaign has released a radio ad in response to a television ad funded by Idaho First PAC. The group supports Labrador's gubernatorial opponent Tommy Ahlquist.
I like the saying "character is destiny," and that's why I'm supporting Raul Labrador for Governor. This election is really about character, and that's where Labrador really stands out. He's not part of the good-old-boys network in Boise. He's an honest person with strong principles. He can disagree with people without being disagreeable. He's a dedicated husband and father. He's a great Congressman, and he will be an even better Governor. He will make Idaho proud.
With Tax Day coming up, it’s good to know that next year’s tax bill is going to be lower thanks to the Republican tax bill that President Trump signed into law. This bill will also help Idaho’s economy because everyday people will have more money to spend, save, and invest. Yes, the government will have less money, but that’s OK because the private sector spends money better than the government does. Raul Labrador voted for the tax cut and he’s promised to cut taxes as Governor - more so than any other candidate. If he’s elected, Idaho families will be able to keep more of their money and our economy will be stronger than ever.
I am in strong support of Raul Labrador’s 5/5/5 Tax Plan. The Idaho Tax code is outdated with loopholes and unneeded complexities. None of the other candidates have proposed a sensible, tax code with no secret caveats. Raul’s tax plan is easy to understand. In a day and age when everything in government is complicated and misconstrued, it is refreshing to hear an approach to the tax code that is easy to understand. Tommy has been the beneficiary of loopholes in the tax system so how can we expect him to close the loopholes? Brad has had the opportunity to change the tax code while he has has been in office as Lieutenant Governor, and he has not made any attempt. Raul’s true conservative record of being a man of his word while in Congress is enough for me to trust that he’ll do the same as the next Governor of Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Thursday disputed recent attacks by a political action committee that the Republican lawmaker has accomplished nothing during his time in Congress.
A visibly agitated Labrador went on the defensive while responding to a television ad funded by the Idaho First PAC — a group that supports Labrador's opponent Tommy Ahlquist, a Boise businessman.
For a political old-timer such as myself, it’s always interesting to attend a campaign function for Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is hoping to become our next governor.
Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’
BOISE – Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House rather than debated and voted up or down on Wednesday, “There’s no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare.”
Idahoans may soon find out the answer to an old joke question: what if they held an election and no one came?
In less than two months for all practical purposes Idaho’s next governor and its next member of Congress from the First District will be the winner of the May 15th Republican primary.
- Idaho State JournalHow Brad Little supporters headed off a possible Trump endorsement of Raul LabradorNovember 14, 2018
- Idaho State JournalPost-primary election observations and questionsMay 25, 2018
- Idaho State JournalDivergent patternsMay 20, 2018
- Idaho State JournalLittle wins GOP primary; Jordan victorious in landslide in Dem gubernatorial raceMay 16, 2018
I am writing in response to your recent column. It’s too bad you don’t visit my area of Florida — one mile from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to learn and see firsthand what happened here. Perhaps you could use some of the nearly $15,000 the NRA has contributed to your previous campaigns.
If so, you would see clear evidence of both the physical damage of the Valentine’s Day massacre, as well as the resulting emotional scars of a community that will never fully recover.
Your article of Jan. 26, 2018 about Raul Labrador, President Trump and the GOP.
At a time when most thing s are getting better in America, all you do is ramble on with your liberal propaganda, like the other liberals that write in the ISJ. You don't recognize all of the good things that are happening like
1. The economy
2. The stock market
3. There is less illegal immigration
4. The defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. With less terrorism, Iraq is now free.
American Conservative Union endorses David Leroy
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The American Conservative Union is the latest high-profile group to announce an endorsement in the race for Idaho's 1st Congressional District open seat.
Republican candidate David Leroy, former Idaho attorney general and former lieutenant governor, announced Thursday that he had secured the endorsement.
The American Conservative Union organizes the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Republican Russ Fulcher in the Idaho's open 1st Congressional District.
Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said in a statement distributed by Fulcher's campaign on Tuesday that voters should carefully consider their choices in the upcoming May primary election and that Fulcher was a conservative with conviction.
While all the candidates for governor seem to give lip service to traditional marriage, it seems a couple of them have felt differently in the past. As a state senator, Brad Little voted many times against traditional marriage -- in 2004, he was the deciding vote to disallow a committee to even consider a traditional marriage amendment. Tommy Ahlquist didn't even bother to vote when the question came before the voters of Idaho. Let's face it -- Raul Labrador is the only candidate for governor with a genuine conservative track record. He has always fought for Idaho's values and he's the only one I can be sure will continue to do so as governor.
President Donald Trump is off the hook as far as Congressman Raul Labrador is concerned.
And given Trump’s high approval ratings among Republicans in Idaho — and even higher ratings among Republicans most likely to vote in May’s primary election — vindicating Trump could pay off big for Labrador in the governor’s race.
Labrador unveils plan to defend Idaho families values
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Monday said he will fight to defend Idaho's right to define marriage, cut off federal funding to health clinics that provide abortions and support stronger gun rights if elected governor.
Labrador's latest campaign promises were unveiled as part of the Republican's plan to promote traditional families and protect constitutional rights.
Efforts to convict scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy and two of his sons ended last month. They were released from custody when the federal judge presiding over their trial in Las Vegas declared a mistrial. She freed them from prosecution, not because they were found innocent, but because of serious prejudicial misconduct by the government prosecutors.
Hopefuls unveil plans, hit campaign trail in governor’s race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New policy rollouts. Campaign stops. Candidate forums. Idaho's 2018 gubernatorial election is ramping up as the May primary election inches closer.
Here's a roundup of what some of the top gubernatorial candidates have been up to along the campaign trail:
The Republican congressman rolled out a new six-point plan Tuesday targeted at dismantling so-called political perks.
Hooray for Raul Labrador who has an economic development plan that will eliminate barriers for businesses in Idaho.
As a business owner one of the most difficult, time consuming and revenue sucking burden is complying with the personal property tax. This tax on business personal property is one of the most onerous and unfair taxes my business must deal with.
Given how far left-of-center Gov. Butch Otter has drifted for his last legislative session, the Idaho Freedom Foundation wanted to find out what the candidates for governor thought of the retiring office holder’s recent budget-bloating proposals.
Idaho gubernatorial hopeful Raul Labrador, the 1st District GOP congressman, released his economic plan late last week.
Candidate plans to cut Idaho taxes if he’s elected governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador said he plans to cut Idaho's sales, individual and corporate tax rates to 5 percent each if he's elected governor of the state.
The Republican candidate on Thursday made public highlights of his economic plan, which includes the elimination of the sales tax on groceries and the personal property tax on businesses, the Idaho Statesman reported .
Idaho billionaire VanderSloot staying out of governor’s race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot says he won't endorse anyone in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial race.
VanderSloot, founder and chief executive of the health care products company Melaleuca, said Thursday he's staying out of the primary despite being asked by all three major candidates for his support.
Labrador votes yes on tax plan, misses others for fundraiser
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday cast a yes vote for Congress' $1.5 trillion tax plan overhaul in Washington D.C. after missing several votes the day before to attend a gubernatorial campaign event in Idaho.
The Republican congressman attended the fundraiser Monday and then flew back east that night to cast Tuesday's vote.
Eye on Boise: Labrador says Idaho’s government ‘needs to be slashed’
When Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, speaking via video, was asked to address tax policy as a candidate for governor last week at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, he said Idaho’s government “needs to be slashed.”
Idaho GOP governor hopefuls’ tax-cut plans have hefty price tags
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s tax-cut plan would cost Idaho’s state treasury roughly $900 million a year if he were elected governor.
Rival Tommy Ahlquist’s tax-cut proposals add up to a $630 million a year reduction to the state treasury.
And Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the other major GOP hopeful in the race, has a plan that would cost the state treasury $115.9 million in the first year, and nearly $200 million a year after four years.
Club for Growth endorses Fulcher in Idaho congressional race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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 range of contenders after GOP U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador announced he would run for governor in 2018.
Idaho candidate launches gubernatorial attack website
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist has launched an attack website criticizing his Republican gubernatorial opponents as sad choices for Idahoans.
Ahlquist, who is running for political office for the first time, faces Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and others in the 2018 GOP race to replace outgoing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Southwestern Idaho lawmaker joins congressional race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rep. Christy Perry says she's officially entering the crowded race of candidates vying for Idaho's open 1st Congressional District seat.
Perry, a Republican from Nampa, announced Tuesday she will run for the congressional seat rather than seek re-election inside the Idaho House.
The congressional seat is up for grabs now that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has announced he's running for governor in 2018.
Labrador attracts endorsements in Idaho’s gubernatorial race
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador on Wednesday secured two key endorsements from fellow congressional Republicans in his bid to become Idaho's next governor.
GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in a statement distributed by Labrador's campaign, announced he is endorsing the Idaho congressman for governor in 2018.
Idaho’s new U.S. attorney says he’ll maintain hands-off stance in Bundy case
New Idaho U.S. Attorney Bart Davis says there’s no role for him or his office in the continuing legal clashes over the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada, though Idaho state lawmakers have been highly critical of how four Idaho residents have been treated.
Nampa lawmaker considering congressional run
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho lawmaker says she's might join the growing crowd of candidates vying for the state's open 1st Congressional District seat.
Republican Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa said Wednesday she's currently considering running for Congress. Perry is a fourth-term state representative.
The congressional seat is up for grabs now that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has announced he's running for governor in 2018.
Governor candidates differ on instant horse racing
Republican candidates for Idaho governor are split on whether a type of gambling should be allowed to resume in the Gem State. Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist said they would re-authorize a form of horse race betting that the Legislature banned in 2015, while U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he’s committing to maintaining the limited betting already approved by voters and nothing more.
Last week, I ran through some of the reasons businessman Tommy Ahlquist, one of three major candidates for the Republican nomination for Idaho governor, might come in third when the votes are cast. They’re pretty good reasons.
I’ve taken to describing the already long-running Idaho Republican primary for governor as “fluid,” meaning that it’s yet to be won, that campaigning will matter, and a number of important constituencies are not nailed down.
There is an opportunity for any one of the three Republican candidates for Idaho’s governor — Lt. Gov. Brad Little, First District congressman Raul Labrador, or medical doctor and developer Tommy Ahlquist — to show some gutsy leadership skills as well as an understanding that a governor’s role is to solve challenges.
For that matter, the same opportunity exists for either of the possible Democrat gubernatorial nominees, A.J. Balukoff or former state Sen. Dan Schmidt.
Governor candidates: Idaho’s reliance on federal money is a concern
Republican gubernatorial candidates say they’re concerned about Idaho’s reliance on federal money, but they offer differing approaches for tackling the issue. Idaho’s state government receives $2.7 billion in aid from Washington, D.C., more than double what it was 15 years ago.
Lt. Gov. Little open, Rep. Labrador mum on releasing assets
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brad Little's campaign says he's open to voluntarily disclosing his assets at some point along the gubernatorial campaign trail, but his staffers aren't saying what Little will hand over or when that might happen.
The Associated Press asked Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador — both Republican candidates running for governor in 2018 — if they would disclose their personal financial ties after opponent Tommy Ahlquist announced last week he plans on doing so soon.
But to the American Diabetes Association and advocates for the cause, every month is prime time for pushing its agenda and educating members about the importance of slowing down the growth of the disease.
If it’s not arrested, the cost of treating diabetes in the coming years could make Obamacare look like a financial hangnail by comparison.