Raul Labrador http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labrador-asks-congress-turn-parcel-federal-land-idaho-county-gun-range <p></p><p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range.&nbsp;</p><p>The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48521 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labradors-long-shot-bid-majority-leader-signals-tea-party-unrest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061914JR_MajorityLeader_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho Republican <a href="http://labrador.house.gov/">Congressman Raul Labrador</a> lost his bid Thursday for majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. But the run may not be a complete loss for Idaho’s ultra-conservative congressman.<p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:21:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47411 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-picks-rep-kevin-mccarthy-new-majority-leader <strong>This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Calif. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been chosen by House Republicans to be their next majority leader, taking the place of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning primary upset earlier this month. Louisiana's Rep. Steve Scalise has been selected to fill the majority whip post left vacant by McCarthy's promotion.<p>McCarthy defeated Idaho Rep. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47382 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-politicians-walk-careful-line-debate-over-bergdahl-release <p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/13/321566455/bergdahl-back-in-the-u-s-to-continue-recovery" target="_blank">arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday</a> to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW, except among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:46:55 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47041 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release Idaho Congressman Labrador Announces Candidacy For House Majority Leader http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressman-labrador-announces-candidacy-house-majority-leader <p></p><p>Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador could begin his third term in the U.S. House as Majority Leader. Labrador Friday announced he's running for the high-profile post after <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/12/cantor-didnt-lose-because-of-low-turnout-he-lost-because-turnout-was-so-high/" target="_blank">Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA, lost his primary election</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:59:15 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47032 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressman Labrador Announces Candidacy For House Majority Leader Idaho Rep. Labrador Urges Politicians To Stop Criticizing Sgt. Bergdahl http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-rep-labrador-urges-politicians-stop-criticizing-sgt-bergdahl <p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, a Republican, is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation Tuesday in Washington D.C.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:58:18 +0000 Jessica Robinson 46829 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Rep. Labrador Urges Politicians To Stop Criticizing Sgt. Bergdahl High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-tea-party-hit-list-idaho-congressman-looks-hold Mike Simpson has been atop the Tea Party hit list for much of this election year.<p>And Tuesday's primary contest between the Idaho Republican congressman and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith had been billed as a big one in a string of GOP primary mashups that would signal the sway of the Tea Party faction — or the ability of traditional conservatives like Simpson to fight back in a deep red state.<p>"It's been a real-deal campaign here in Idaho," says Skip Smyser, the conservative founder of Boise-based government relations firm Lobby Idaho.<p>In the campaign's waning days, however, internal Sat, 17 May 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 45463 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On Idaho Congressman Endorses Challenger Russ Fulcher For Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressman-endorses-challenger-russ-fulcher-governor <p></p><p>Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher is the latest nominee to secure an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.</p><p>The Idaho congressman announced Monday he would support Fulcher, who is hoping to unseat two-term Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. This is the third endorsement Labrador has made in Idaho's primary statewide election race. He's also endorsed Todd Hatfield, who is challenging incumbent state Controller Brandon Woolf, and state Rep. Lawerence Denney, who is running for Secretary of State.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:52:12 +0000 Associated Press 45113 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressman Endorses Challenger Russ Fulcher For Governor 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 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 Son Of Former McDonald's Worker, Raul Labrador Opposes Minimum Wage Increase http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/son-former-mcdonalds-worker-raul-labrador-opposes-minimum-wage-increase <p>Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said Monday he's against raising the nation’s <a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/bottom-rung/">minimum wage</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>During a conference call with reporters, Labrador said he understands why those pushing for pay increases for fast food and retail workers are doing so. But he thinks raising minimum wages will hurt workers instead of helping them.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:17:52 +0000 Scott Graf 36666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Son Of Former McDonald's Worker, Raul Labrador Opposes Minimum Wage Increase Obama Wants To Pivot To Immigration Reform, But Can It Work? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/obama-wants-pivot-immigration-reform-can-it-work Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It may be hard to believe, but the agenda here in Washington does include a few items beyond trading punches over the healthcare law and its troubled website. Near the top of the list is immigration reform. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:59:31 +0000 Mara Liasson 34404 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Of Idaho Weighs In On Government Shutdown http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labrador-idaho-weighs-government-shutdown Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Throughout the federal government shutdown, we've been touching base with members of Congress involved in what so far is a standoff. One Tea Party Republican at the heart of the group in the House that's driving demands for changes in Obamacare is Raul Labrador of Idaho. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:36:00 +0000 editor 33598 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 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 Longtime Idaho Democrat To Challenge Rep. Raul Labrador http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-idaho-democrat-challenge-rep-raul-labrador <p><em>The Lewiston Tribune</em> <a href="http://lmtribune.com/blogs/political_theater/article_e38ee948-0913-11e3-852e-0019bb30f31a.html">reports</a> two-term incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador has a challenger in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Longtime state legislator Shirley Ringo, a Democrat from Moscow, will run against Labrador.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:10:37 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 30971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Idaho Democrat To Challenge Rep. Raul Labrador Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador Plans 2014 Re-Election Run For Congress http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-us-rep-raul-labrador-plans-2014-re-election-run-congress <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he'll run again for Congress in 2014, ending speculation he'd mount a challenge to GOP Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in next May's primary election.</p><p>Labrador made the announcement that he'd be seeking a third term on Wednesday at his congressional offices in Meridian.</p><p>He says his work as a congressman is unfinished.</p><p>Labrador, born in Puerto Rico, was first elected in 2010 to represent Idaho's 1st Congressional District with tea party support and has promoted changes to America's immigration system.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:11:08 +0000 Associated Press 30725 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador Plans 2014 Re-Election Run For Congress 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/15-months-general-election-idaho-politics-making-headlines <p>Normally a slow news season when it comes to politics, Idaho's headlines in recent days have been rife with political developments. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:40:10 +0000 Scott Graf 29466 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-says-future-immigration-reform-rests-senates-willingness-compromise <p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted today to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/27/196328579/senate-approves-sweeping-immigration-overhaul-in-final-vote">Senate’s approval Thursday</a> of an immigration reform bill.&nbsp; The Republican congressman who made his living as an immigration attorney before being elected to the House in 2010 says he gives the Senate credit for framing the issue and addressing important aspects of the immigration debate.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:47:33 +0000 Scott Graf 28085 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise