Mike Crapo

Mike Crapo
U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo apologized profusely Friday after pleading guilty to drunk driving. A judge outside Washington, D.C. ordered the Republican from Idaho to pay a $250 fine and take an alcohol safety class. Crapo will also lose his driver's license for a year.

Crapo was arrested two days before Christmas in Alexandria, Va. In a statement after his court appearance, Crapo said politicians should be held to a higher standard:

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of driving while intoxicated and then apologized for his actions and asked forgiveness from his constituents.

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Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo apologized for his actions after pleading guilty Friday morning to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge in a Virginia court.

In exchange for his plea Friday, prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to obey a traffic signal.  Crapo received a $250 fine and a 12-month suspension of his driver's license and must complete an alcohol safety program.

Police said Crapo was pulled over Dec. 23 for running a red light and registered a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Idaho Senator Crapo won't fight DUI charge

Dec 28, 2012
Mike Crapo
U.S. Senate

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo says he won't fight charges of drunken driving when he appears in court in January.

That's according to a spokesman, who says Crapo has consulted an attorney.

Crapo registered a higher blood alcohol level in a second, jailhouse test than the first test conducted by the officer who stopped him.

Police say Crapo registered a 0.11 percent blood on the scene after being pulled over in Alexandra, Va.

Idaho's Crapo Returns To Washington, Mum On DUI

Dec 26, 2012
Alexandria, VA Police Department

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho is headed back to Washington, D.C., to participate in negotiations over averting the so-called fiscal cliff and doesn't plan to immediately provide details about what led to his arrest early Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Republican lawmaker's spokesman in Boise, Lindsay Nothern, said Crapo was traveling Wednesday after spending Christmas with family in Idaho Falls.

Sen. Mike Crapo Arrested On DUI, Takes Full Responsibility

Dec 23, 2012
Alexandria, VA Police Department

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo was arrested and charged with driving under the influence outside Washington, D.C. early Sunday morning.

Crapo, a Republican from Idaho Falls, issued this statement:

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Idaho's governor announced yesterday the state should build its own health insurance exchange rather than go with a federally- run model. Exchanges are online marketplaces that allow consumers to assess health insurance plans.  Under the Affordable Care Act, every state must have one by 2014.

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Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is adding his voice to other Republicans on the chance that UN Ambassador Susan Rice could be nominated for U.S. Secretary of State. “I do not believe she would be a good choice.”

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Republicans are proposing their own plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" at the end of this month. That's when Bush-era tax cuts will expire and automatic spending cuts begin.

The GOP plan would raise the eligibility age for Medicare, lower cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and add $800 billion in higher tax revenue. The White House unveiled a plan last week. 

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says U-S security is being threatened by the ongoing attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and around the world. 

The Republican condemned the violence during a conference call with reporters this morning. “The attacks heighten and give emphasis to the fact that the United States must continue to maintain its defense posture and its intelligence system in a way that will help us to defend our national security interests abroad.” 

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A week ago, the U-S Department of Agriculture sent out a newsletter encouraging employees to take part in a Meatless Monday initiative.  The USDA said meat production creates greenhouse gases, wastes resources, and uses pesticides.  Now Idaho’s Mike Crapo and a handful of other Senators are expressing their displeasure. 

Idaho Lawmakers Weigh In On Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Jun 28, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the majority of President Barack Obama's health care law.  

The high court issued its ruling in Washington this morning.  You can read the ruling here.

Now, Idaho lawmakers and policy makers are weighing in. 

Here's what some of them are saying:

Update at 2:30 pm MST

Senator Crapo's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court will make a much anticipated decision this week on the nation’s health care law.  Idaho's senior senator believes some parts of the law will survive whatever the court decides. 

Senator Crapo's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to reject a Montana law that bans direct corporate spending on state political campaigns. 

U.S.  Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) said Tuesday the Court’s decision dealt a blow to state sovereignty.  "I believe it should have gone the other way and it should have supported the state of Montana."

Montana’s one hundred-year old law conflicts with a U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizen’s United that allows unlimited corporate spending in federal campaigns. 

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U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Jim Risch (R-ID) want the federal government to be more aggressive in opening the market for U.S. potatoes in Mexico.  They joined seven other senators Thursday in urging federal trade and agriculture agencies to push Mexico on the issue.   

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