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How to solve illegal immigration is one of the most contested issues in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Both of the major party candidates, incumbent Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick and Republican state Rep. Raul Labrador, have spent campaign time and money talking about their proposed fixes and slamming their opponent's stance on the issue. Minnick has run three different TV ads…

Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig said Rep. Walt Minnick’s political stance has changed since the 1996 race for the U.S. Senate between the two men.  Craig also said he’s backing Minnick’s challenger in the November general election, Republican state Rep. Raul Labrador of Eagle. Craig served Idaho’s 1st Congressional District in the 1980s before winning a seat in the U.S.…

In 1996 when then-citizen Walt Minnick ran to unseat then-Sen. Larry Craig, Minnick took exception with Craig running as a "fiscal conservative" while using the congressional franking privileges to send out more than $132,000 worth of taxpayer-funded mailings to constituents.  Minnick, during his first year in Congress, has used more than $150,000 for taxpayer dollars to frank, though his campaign…

Several local and national news outlets, including the Idaho Press-Tribune and Politico.com, are reporting that Vaughn Ward is restructuring his campaign staff and has fired his campaign manager, Ryan O'Barto.  The firing comes amid a myriad of missteps for the Ward campaign, including controversies over content on Ward's campaign site and O'Barto reusing a press release from September. The news first broke…

Questions on funding for higher education, the location of law schools, and public role models were aimed at Idaho State Board of Education appointee Emma Atchley of Ashton in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Education Committee Wednesday. “I hope to be an advocate for all education,” Atchley said. “I am very worried about the state funding for education.” She…