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Campaign Disclosures Shed Light on Idaho Supreme Court Candidates

Via Idaho Politics Weekly:  The two winners of the May primary for the open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, Rupert attorney Robyn Brody and State Senator Curt McKenzie, are starting the general election in different financial positions. Both powered through the four candidates in the May primary, with Brody taking 30.3% of the vote …

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Poll: Idahoans Give Simpson, Crapo High Approval Ratings

Via Idaho Politics Weekly:  Idaho is a very Republican state, but its GOP major officeholders do not please many citizens beyond their Republican partisan bases, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. Since the state is so Republican, doing well among the GOP gives Gov. Butch Otter and the U.S. senators and representatives decent approval …

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US Senate blocks gun curbs

A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one proposal from each side to keep extremists from …

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Utah businessman says he didn’t take out N. Idaho ad ‘looking for a wife’

You think your parents meddle in your life? Salt Lake City businessman Baron Brooks said he was shocked to see a full-page advertisement in a North Idaho newspaper Saturday inviting candidates to interview to be his wife. The 48-year-old broker in the health food trade quickly deduced who was behind the $900 Coeur d’Alene Press …

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In Trump-Clinton contest, who wins Idaho? Probably who you expect

Donald Trump improbably won the Republican presidential nomination by defeating 16 opponents. But he lost in Idaho. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton held off Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But not in Idaho. Republicans worry that their national convention in July will devolve into an angry, fractious spectacle. Democrats hope to link arms in unanimous praise …

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Trump’s former campaign manager doesn’t know why he was fired

In his first comments since being fired from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Corey Lewandowski said he did not know why he was fired as Trump’s campaign manager. But Lewandowski, speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash Monday, remained fiercely loyal to the candidate, vowing he would still “do everything I can” to make sure Trump is elected …

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Christians choose prayer over Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

Caught between the presidential candidacies of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, a group of Christians is choosing a third way out: prayer. Get Out the Prayer 2016 is mobilizing believers to influence the political process not only with their votes, but through appeals to a higher authority. Dave Kubal, president of Intercessors of …

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Donald Trump: I was ‘obviously’ talking about additional guards or employees having guns in Orlando

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says he was talking about additional guards or employees when it came to having guns in the Orlando club where the deadly terrorist attack took place last week. “When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional …

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Air Force veteran dragged from flag-folding ceremony for speech referencing ‘God’

A veteran is threatening legal action against the U.S. Air Force if it does not apologize for forcibly removing him from a retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base in California, where he was invited to give a speech referencing “God.” Oscar Rodriguez, a 33-year Air Force veteran, was invited to speak at the April …

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Rep. Gwen Moore wants to drug-test ‘top 1%’ before approving tax deductions

Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin is so fed up by Republicans “criminalizing” poverty that she has proposed drug-testing the “top 1%” earners before they can receive tax deductions. The Democrat introduced Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, in response to “several nationwide efforts by Republicans to drug test social welfare recipients,” according to a press …

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No conflict in Obama’s endorsement of Clinton amid email scandal, says AG Loretta Lynch

I’m still expecting a full Executive pardon from Obama for Hillary if the investigation endangers her becoming president. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president does not create a conflict of interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of her State Department email. Ms. Lynch insisted that the …

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Donald Trump proposes religious, ethnic profiling to find ‘red flags’ of terrorism

Donald Trump said Sunday that too many “red flags” were missed that could have stopped the Orlando shooter, and he proposed the use of ethnic and religious profiling to prevent terrorism. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said members of Muslim communities need to alert law enforcement when their neighbors or family members act suspiciously. “People …

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FBI partial transcript of 911 calls: Omar Mateen claimed he had more explosives

FBI investigators released on Monday a partial transcript of phone conversations that 911 call takers and crisis negotiators had with gunman who stormed Pulse nightclub while he remained holed up inside an the Orlando club. A dispatcher received the first call from the gunman about 30 minutes into the mass shooting. Later calls with crisis …

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House panel turns up heat after states clam up on climate dissent probes

The 17 attorneys general pursuing climate change dissenters for accusations of “fraud” want House Republicans to mind their own business. That’s not going to happen. Seventeen Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee reasserted their right in a Friday letter to conduct oversight on state investigations that represent a threat to the First …

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Donald Trump fires campaign manager Corey Lewandowski

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is parting ways with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about a month before the GOP convention in Cleveland, the campaign announced Monday. “The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey …

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