Idaho congressional candidate Harley Brown mocked by liberal Web site

The left-wing TPM (Talking Points Memo) site takes after Republican Harley Brown, but failed to mention his signature claim from prior campaigns: that he's ordained by God to be president.

The posting prompted a spirited discussion, including at least one Larry Craig joke.

TPM offered some choice quotes from Brown, one of four Republicans in the May 25 primary hoping to face 1st District Democrat Walt Minnick in November.

Says TPM:

Nader ally wins federal case to ease ballot access for independents

U.S. Magistrate Ron Bush on Monday said Idaho's law that sets tougher standards for ballot access for independent presidential candidates is unconstitutional.

Magistrate Ron Bush struck down Idaho law that requires petition gatherers be Idaho residents and establishes a higher threshold for the number of signatures required to appear on the ballot.

Crapo, Risch join Western Democrats in effort to help downwinders

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have introduced a bipartisan bill to help downwinders sickened by Cold War-era nuclear-bomb testing.

The legislation would expand restitution for Americans exposed to weapons testing orfrom working in uranium mines. Both Crapo and Risch have sponsored similar bills for downwinders in Idaho and other states.

Ward adds five GOP legislator endorsements from North Idaho

Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has added three state senators and two state representatives to his list of supporters.

Sens. John Goedde, Coeur d'Alene, Shawn Keough, Sandpoint, Mike Jorgenson, Hayden, and Reps. George Eskridge, Dover, and Eric Anderson, Priest Lake, announced their support in a news release from the campaign Monday.

The campaign issued the following statements from the principals:

Ada Democrats to caucus Tuesday, hear from Allred, pick delegates

Democrats will meet to elect delegates to the state convention in June and hear from gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred of Eagle. Allred's opponent in the May 25 primary, Lee Chaney of Preston, also has been invited to speak.

The caucus opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Boise High School cafeteria, 1010 W. Washington St. Doors will close at 7 p.m. and late-comers will not be admitted.

Rep. Walt Minnick snags unasked-for Tea Party endorsement

WASHINGTON – Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, snagged an unusual endorsement Thursday from the Tea Party Express, the biggest group of national stature in the loosely organized Tea Party movement.

Minnick is the only Democrat to land an endorsement from the organization, which had a rally Wednesday in Boston with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and another rally today in Washington. The Tea Party Express announced its slate of endorsements and targets today at the Washington rally, held to mark the April 15 tax deadline.

Ward launches first TV ad in GOP congressional race

Vaughn Ward is airing the first TV spot in anticipation of the May 25 Republican primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District.

Leaning on a pickup truck and talking to an unidentified man, Ward says, “Washington liberals are bankrupting our country. We need to send someone to Washington who will stand up to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. We need to return to our core values of strong families, strong national defense, and lower taxes. And that’s what I will do.”

Democrats spread word on property tax break before April 15 deadline

Democratic candidates have been going door-to-door in the Treasure Valley encouraging homeowners to sign up for the "circuit breaker" that can bring up to $1,320 in relief.

For the past month, incumbent lawmakers and challengers have been pitching the program, which offers homeowners with a taxable income of $28,000 or less property tax relief on their home, mobile home, or up to an acre of land.

Applications must be turned into county assessors no later than Thursday, April 15th. Assessors offices will help applicants complete their paperwork.

Tuesday's endorsement battle in 1st CD: Ward 14, Labrador 1 (UPDATED with new count)

UPDATE: Rep. Raul Labrador made a fair point about the headline above. Several of Ward's endorsements noted below had been announced earlier. With that test, I should have noted the GOP lawmakers who represent at least a piece of Canyon County who back Labrador.

They are: Sens. Curt McKenzie of Nampa and Monte Pierce of New Plymouth; Reps. Brent Crane and Steve Kren of Nampa; Reps. Carlos Bilbao and Steve Thayn of Emmett, and Reps. Lawerence Denney and Judy Boyle of Midvale.

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Four Idaho lawmakers graduate from U of I Legislative Energy Institute

Three Treasure Valley legislators and one from the Magic Valley are among 28 lawmakers from Western states and Canadian provinces receiving an Energy Policy Planning Program certificate from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute.

The institute is sponsored, in part, by the University of Idaho.

Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, and Rep. Steve Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, are the four Idahoans who graduated last week.

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