Liz Halloran http://kenw.org en High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On http://kenw.org/post/high-tea-party-hit-list-idaho-congressman-looks-hold Mike Simpson has been atop the Tea Party hit list for much of this election year.<p>And Tuesday's primary contest between the Idaho Republican congressman and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith had been billed as a big one in a string of GOP primary mashups that would signal the sway of the Tea Party faction — or the ability of traditional conservatives like Simpson to fight back in a deep red state.<p>"It's been a real-deal campaign here in Idaho," says Skip Smyser, the conservative founder of Boise-based government relations firm Lobby Idaho.<p>In the campaign's waning days, however, internal Sat, 17 May 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 42014 at http://kenw.org High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On In Idaho, A Debate Like You've Never Seen Before http://kenw.org/post/idaho-debate-youve-never-seen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQlPcwiruaY</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 41921 at http://kenw.org In Idaho, A Debate Like You've Never Seen Before In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred http://kenw.org/post/caustic-nebraska-senate-race-gop-battle-lines-are-blurred Conservative <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2014&id=NES2">money has poured</a> into Nebraska's Republican Senate primary race.<p>Big GOP names like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on opposite sides.<p>And the attack ads have been brutal — including one that took a page directly from the Swift-boating of John Kerry's military record during his 2004 presidential run.<p>But that doesn't mean the contest to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Tue, 13 May 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 41809 at http://kenw.org In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred The Congresswoman Whose Husband Called Her Home http://kenw.org/post/congresswoman-whose-husband-called-her-home Fifty-six years ago this weekend, newspapers across the nation told a sad tale of a family seemingly imploding.<p>At the center of the story was Coya Knutson, the opera-singing daughter of a Norwegian farmer, and the first woman from Minnesota elected to Congress.<p>Voted in on her own merits, not appointed to keep a late husband's seat warm for a successor, the trailblazing mother could only watch as vengeful party rivals, a manufactured scandal, and a feckless, alcoholic husband combined to sabotage her career.<p>It all came to a head on the eve of Mother's Day 1958.<p>Never heard of the cha Sat, 10 May 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 41697 at http://kenw.org The Congresswoman Whose Husband Called Her Home She's A Doctor, Mom, and Republican - But Conservative Enough? http://kenw.org/post/surgeon-mom-republican-conservative-enough Monica Wehby is the Senate candidate Republicans have been waiting for: a camera-ready pediatric neurosurgeon, mother of four, in a party that desperately needs to elect more women.<p>Make that a candidate<em> some</em> Republicans have been waiting for.<p>The GOP establishment that wants her to be the party's Senate nominee in Oregon this fall has showered her with big money, attention and <a href="http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/05/01/mitt-romney-endorses-monica-wehby-gop-primary/8577727/">endorsements</a> from the likes of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and mo Wed, 07 May 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 41598 at http://kenw.org She's A Doctor, Mom, and Republican - But Conservative Enough?