Mike Simpson http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/romneys-job-idaho-prevent-gop-voters-veering-wild-right Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We've talked on this program about something resembling a civil war in the Republican Party this year. More establishment Republicans are in primary battles against Tea Party candidates, and money is pouring in on both sides.<p>GREENE: We saw that happening when we visited Idaho some weeks ago. That's where a Tea Party backed political newcomer named Bryan Smith is trying to push out long-time Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42100 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-says-idaho-leading-example-conservative-governing-works <p></p><p>Former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson">Mitt Romney is in Idaho this week</a> campaigning on behalf of three longtime politicians.</p><p></p><p>On Thursday, Romney hosted a $250-per-plate luncheon for two-time Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. The event was also to benefit eight-time Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, who is campaigning for his first re-election bid.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:52:13 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson <p>If there’s one place failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can still be effective, it’s in Idaho. The former Massachusetts governor<a href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2012/General/tot_stwd.htm" target="_blank"> won nearly 65 percent of Idaho votes</a> in the 2012 presidential race.</p><p>Thursday, he’ll ask Idahoans to re-elect two-time Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Romney hosted a high-end fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls Wednesday.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:17:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42001 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-simpson-vote-farm-bill-crapo-still-unsure <p>Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill">voted early Wednesday in favor</a> of the new farm bill. Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson cast votes in favor of the legislation, which cuts more than $8 billion in <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mapping-food-insecurity-and-food-stamp-use-idaho">food stamp spending</a> while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:10:44 +0000 Scott Graf 39299 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure Tea Party Voters In Idaho Don't Want Feds Intruding http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tea-party-voters-idaho-dont-want-feds-intruding In Challis, the debate is over the reach of Washington and how state land is used. Morning Edition has traveled to Idaho for one of the mostly closely watched political races this year. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:15:14 +0000 David Greene 39020 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tea-party-wants-make-spending-federal-case-idaho Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>In election years, we hear a lot of reporting from swing states: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin. We do not usually hear as much from a place like Idaho, because it is so deeply one color: red. But this midterm election year, Idaho is home to one of the most closely watched races in this nation. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:16:46 +0000 David Greene 38949 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-district-reflects-battle-over-gops-soul In 2013, the battle lines were drawn within the Republican Party. This year, war may be breaking out across the country.<p>The Tea Party has already proven it has the energy, influence and cash to change elections and shape the landscape of Congress. Now, moderate and establishment-oriented Republicans are trying to match their intensity.<p>Case in point: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, where we are reporting from this week on <em>Morning Edition</em>. Eight-term Rep. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:52:45 +0000 David Greene & Arnie Seipel 38892 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul NPR Visits Idaho To Cover Simpson-Smith Congressional Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/npr-visits-idaho-cover-simpson-smith-congressional-race <p>The race between <a href="http://simpson.house.gov/">Rep. Mike Simpson, </a>R-ID, and <a href="https://bryansmithforcongress.com/about-bryan/">Bryan Smith</a> has NPR's &nbsp;attention.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/"><em>Morning Edition</em></a> co-host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4510160/david-greene">David Greene</a> will be in Idaho this week to report on the story for a national audience.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Graf 38778 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org NPR Visits Idaho To Cover Simpson-Smith Congressional Race Simpson Outraises Smith 4-to-1 In Idaho's GOP House Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/simpson-outraises-smith-4-1-idahos-gop-house-race <p>In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013's final quarter.</p><p>Smith announced Thursday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth quarter. The money will go to his GOP primary election bid against Simpson, with the vote on May 20.</p><p>Meanwhile, Simpson says he brought in $430,000.</p><p>In total, Simpson says he raised more than $1.25 million in 2013, with Smith raking in $525,000, including his own money, since joining the race in June.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:14:24 +0000 Associated Press 38266 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Labrador, Simpson Split On Federal Budget Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-labrador-simpson-split-federal-budget-deal <p>Idaho's Republican congressmen again parted ways on a budget vote.</p><p>Eight-term U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on Thursday aligned with House Speaker John Boehner and other backers of the measure that passed 332-94, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats.</p><p>That didn't stop second-term Rep. Raul Labrador from branding the bi-partisan package "a bad deal, plain and simple."</p><p>For Simpson, it protects funding for the Idaho National Laboratory, shores up rural schools' budgets — and reduces the federal deficit by $23 billion, all without raising taxes.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:48:06 +0000 Associated Press 36899 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson Unveils Bill For Third Idaho Federal Judge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/simpson-unveils-bill-third-idaho-federal-judge <p>U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson has introduced a bill designed to add a third federal judge in Idaho to help offset an expanding and cumbersome caseload.</p><p>The Republican says it's past time for Idaho to get a third federal judge.</p><p>The federal court system in Idaho is now overseen by two federal judges — B. Lynn Winmill and Edward J. Lodge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:46:10 +0000 Associated Press 35762 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson Unveils Bill For Third Idaho Federal Judge Mitt Romney Endorses Republican Mike Simpson In U.S. House Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-endorses-republican-mike-simpson-us-house-race <p>Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's bid for a ninth term got an assist Monday when former presidential candidate Mitt Romney released an endorsement letter.</p><p>Simpson faces challenger Bryan Smith in next May's Republican primary election.</p><p>Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, lauded Simpson as a "stalwart conservative leader," accusing what he called "outside" groups of interfering in the race by backing Smith.</p><p>Smith has won the conservative group Club for Growth's support in his bid to unseat Simpson.</p><p>Like Romney, Smith and Simpson come from Mormon backgrounds.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:05:47 +0000 Associated Press 35671 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Feds Spent $392M To Manage Idaho's Public Land http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-feds-spent-392m-manage-idahos-public-land <p></p><p>Three federal agencies spent $392 million in 2012 to manage 32 million acres of Idaho public land, according to a report illustrating costs Idaho would face by assuming oversight of a substantial swath of the territory.</p><p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/qjv3zvo" target="_blank">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> the report was requested by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson from the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p><p>State lawmakers are discussing a proposal to take over 16.4 million acres of federal land.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:41:23 +0000 Associated Press 33619 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Feds Spent $392M To Manage Idaho's Public Land Shutdown Takes A Toll On Idaho Congressional Offices http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/shutdown-takes-toll-idaho-congressional-offices <p>The partial shutdown of the federal government is taking a toll on the offices and staff of Idaho&#39;s four congressional leaders.</p><p>All four members of the delegation said they were scaling back constituent services and staff in their offices across the state and in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch also say they intend to donate a portion of their $174,000 annual pay during the shutdown to charity.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:46:32 +0000 Associated Press 33275 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite Obama's Speech, Idaho Lawmakers Still Against U.S. Military Action In Syria http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/despite-obamas-speech-idaho-lawmakers-still-against-us-military-action-syria <p>President Barack Obama's<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/10/221195263/obamas-speech-on-syria-may-fail-to-sway-doubters">primetime speech</a><strong> </strong>on possible military action in Syria hasn't changed the minds of Idaho's congressmen.</p><p>In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Obama offered a rationale for greater U.S. intervention in Syria's sectarian civil war while acknowledging that winning the hearts and minds of Americans to back another Mideast conflict remains a struggle.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:47:18 +0000 Samantha Wright, Associated Press & Scott Graf 32186 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite Obama's Speech, Idaho Lawmakers Still Against U.S. Military Action In Syria Idaho Congressmen Not Sold On Syria Airstrikes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressmen-not-sold-syria-airstrikes <p>Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use air strikes.</p><p>A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.</p><p>Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Jessica Robinson 31779 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressmen Not Sold On Syria Airstrikes Conservative Group Picks Primary Fight With GOP Incumbent http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/conservative-group-picks-primary-fight-gop-incumbent An influential conservative group is going after longtime Republican Rep. Mike Simpson from Idaho — and it's getting started nearly a year in advance of the 2014 primary.<p>The Club for Growth is throwing its weight behind GOP challenger Bryan Smith, calling him a fiscal conservative: anti-tax and pro-growth. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:29:35 +0000 Tamara Keith 28701 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Conservative Group Picks Primary Fight With GOP Incumbent Otter Dumps Rival, Names Idaho Rep's Wife To Judicial Nominating Board http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/otter-dumps-rival-names-idaho-reps-wife-judicial-nominating-board <p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter named U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's wife to a board that nominates Idaho judges, in the process replacing a Republican Party rival who has split with the governor on numerous issues.</p><p>Otter named Kathy Simpson of Idaho Falls to the seven-member Idaho Judicial Council to replace Ron Nate of Rexburg, whose term ended last month.</p><p>Otter and Nate have differed on numerous GOP issues in recent years.</p><p>Nate helped promote Idaho's closed Republican primary, while Otter opposed it.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:46:21 +0000 Associated Press 28240 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Delegation Weighs In On Obama Gun Proposals http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-delegation-weighs-obama-gun-proposals <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador say they are withholding judgment on a series of gun proposals issued by President Obama — at least for now.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">The Idaho Republicans say they want to take some time to review the proposals, including 23 separate executive orders issued Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:39:56 +0000 Associated Press 19560 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson, Labrador Ahead In Idaho Congressional Races http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/simpson-labrador-ahead-idaho-congressional-races <p></p><p>Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador were on pace to beat their Democratic rivals and return to Congress.</p><p>In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.</p><p>Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.</p><p>For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.</p><p>Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:46:36 +0000 Associated Press 16250 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson, Labrador Ahead In Idaho Congressional Races