Nicole LeFavour

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Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The Spokesman-Review reports that LeFavour, a Boise Democrat, was discovered late Tuesday afternoon in a closet in the Senate lounge behind the Senate chamber.

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg says he asked her to leave and she complied.

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The leader of the Add the Words group and two other gay activists were arrested at the Idaho Capitol late Thursday night after police nixed their plan to hold an all-night vigil inside the building.

That marks the fifth arrest this year for former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who heads up the group pushing for the Legislature to add protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

So far, the issue has been denied a hearing by Republican leadership.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador were on pace to beat their Democratic rivals and return to Congress.

In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.

Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.

For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.

Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.

Kevin Rank / Idaho Reports, IPTV

In Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District race Sunday it came down to the national debt verses jobs.

Longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Simpson and Democratic challenger state Senator Nicole LeFavour debated from the State Capitol on Idaho Public Television. Simpson frequently turned the topic back to what he says is the nation’s most pressing problem; reducing the debt.

Idaho Democrat Nicole LeFavour Works Toward A Congressional Upset

Oct 23, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Burley, Idaho is farm country.  About 10,000 people live in the eastern Idaho town, that for many is just a stop off I-84 to gas up.

This is Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s home turf.  He was born in here. But now, Boise Democrat Nicole LeFavour is making one of the most serious runs at his seat in recent history.

New numbers are out for campaign fundraising in Idaho’s congressional races. The candidates have reported what they’ve taken in as of the end of June.

In the First District, incumbent Republican Raul Labrador has raised almost 15 times as much as his Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris. That’s $551,568 compared to $37,388.

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Idaho’s teacher’s union created a hubbub when it endorsed Republican Mike Simpson in his reelection bid for Idaho's Second Congressional District. It picked Simpson over Democratic state senator and part time teacher Nicole LeFavour.

Primary Results: District 19 House Races

May 16, 2012

It was a three-way Democratic race for House Seat A in Boise’s District 19. In the end, Matthew Erpelding took home enough votes to win the primary. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to go into the Legislature and work and write and see things from behind the scenes and be involved in trying to push forward what I think is progressive and intelligent policy.” 

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Tea Party favorite Raul Labrador easily beat challenger Reed McCandless of Moscow.  McCandless is a 50-year old truck driver.  Two years ago, Labrador beat Vaughn Ward in the Republican primary despite being considered the underdog.  Labrador went on to beat one term Congressman Walt Minnick, a Democrat. Labrador says he’s met many of the goals he had when he went to Washington two years ago. But he says there’s a long way to go on one of his main campaign themes, immigration reform:

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers wrapped up the 2012 session Thursday.  The House of Representatives adjourned first.  The Senate took much longer as lawmakers signed off on key pieces of legislation and said their goodbyes.