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Party politics shaped a radio debate between the two lead candidates for Idaho's 1st Congressional District, as Rep. Walt Minnick claimed state Rep. Raul Labrador served a fringe element of the Republican Party, while Labrador linked Minnick to national Democratic leaders. Minnick and Labrador disagreed on how to fix illegal immigration, argued over the 17th Amendment, and tried to downplay…

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Sen. Mike Crapo's third party challenger, Randy Bergquist, said he's a lifelong Republican, but is running under the Constitution Party because both major political parties have strayed too far from the country's founding document. To Bergquist, an independent insurance agent from Fruitland who hasn't held an elected office, closely following the Constitution means putting a stop to federal programs not…

Rep. Walt Minnick’s campaign is criticizing Republican challenger Raul Labrador for his stance on the 17th Amendment and his support for some voting laws in the Idaho Legislature. "Idahoans have a long and proud history of independence, but Raul Labrador has consistently thumbed his nose at that history," Minnick’s campaign manager, John Foster, said in a news release. Foster slammed…

A day after IdahoReporter.com questioned his stance on the matter, Republican Gov. Butch Otter has firmly come down against repeal of the 17th Amendment, a provision which allows for the direct election of U.S. senators by the general public. Otter, speaking at a debate sponsored by the City Club of Boise Wednesday, was pressed by moderator Dr. Jim Weatherby, professor…

The push from various Tea Party groups around the country to discuss the merits of some constitutional amendments has trickled into Idaho politics. It first affected the 1st Congressional District Republican primary race, and now the issue seems to have made its way into the state's gubernatorial contest. Democrat Keith Allred, a former professor, mediator, and founder of The Common…