Project Vote Smart says 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson was the only major Idaho congressional candidate to complete its survey on time and pass its "political courage test."
Simpson's challenger, Democratic state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, did not complete the group's survey, says Vote Smart, a non-partisan group founded in 1992 with support from former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Vote Smart researches voting records and positions on more than 40,000 candidates nationwide.
Vote Smart has released a new online tool, Vote Easy, which allows voters to compare their views with candidates on 15 questions in 13 categories as a way to help decide how to vote. Vote Easy is slickly designed, easy to use and won "Best Picture" at the Webvisionary Awards.
LeFavour's answers to some questions are inferred by Vote Smart researchers, as they are for 1st District Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, who Vote Smart said declined to complete the survey.
Labrador's Democratic opponent, Jimmy Farris, completed his survey late. His answers are included in Vote Easy, but Farris is saddled with the same "lacks courage" icon as LeFavour and Labrador because of his tardiness.
Two other candidates in the 1st District, independent Pro Life and Libertarian Rob Oates, completed their surveys on time and joined Simpson in being lauded for showing courage.
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