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The National Rifle Association confirmed Wednesday it no longer endorses state Rep. Paul Romrell, R-St. Anthony, for re-election in Idaho’s May 17 Republican primary election. NRA lobbyist Dakota Moore confirmed its position with IdahoReporter.com, saying it needs to take a longer look at Romrell’s position. “We have pulled the endorsement until we have time to further evaluate Rep. Romrell’s positions…

Rexburg Republican Doug Ricks indicated at an Iona forum Saturday night that he’d consider raising taxes on Idahoans, though he’d prefer not to. The forum moderator asked Ricks if he would have voted for last year’s $95 million gas tax and vehicle fee hike, with the revenue dedicated to repairing Idaho roads and bridges. Ricks, who is challenging Rep. Ron Nate,…

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The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is knocking second-term Rep. Paul Romrell, R-St. Anthony, for his stance on banning certain guns and magazines. ISAA is a leading proponent of gun rights in Idaho and at the State Capitol. The Alliance said one of Romrell’s answers to a recent survey, sent to legislative candidates, is “disturbing.” The ISAA survey asked Romrell and…

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Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, sought job leads in the Treasure Valley from elected officials and legislative lobbyists. A two-term House member running for re-election this year, Packer made her appeal almost one year ago in a mass message from a private email account. She wrote lobbyists and lawmakers for job-hunting assistance after her husband was transferred from the now-shuttered Pocatello…

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Rep. Paul Romrell was one of only three Idaho House Republicans to vote against tax relief during the 2016 legislative session. And, he pledged to vote against tax cuts again if the Legislature doesn’t do something positive for the 78,000 Idahoans in the so-called “Obamacare gap.” Romrell joined with Reps. Maxine Bell of Jerome and Marc Gibbs of Grace, along…

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Rep. Merrill Beyeler, R-Leadore, may want to have it both ways. Beyeler, a first-term Republican, reportedly told a group of Challis Republicans this week that he does not support Medicaid expansion, an option available under Obamacare. That’s according to Michael Barrett, who moderated a post-legislative session town hall meeting in Challis Monday night. Barrett, the county GOP chairman, told IdahoReporter.com…