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Following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Jim Risch and Senator Mike Crapo issued statements recognizing her decades of work, but noting their political differences.


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Last night, thousands of Idahoans came together on the Capitol steps in Boise to mourn the lives of Black people killed at the hands of police. And while crowds were gathered outside the statehouse exercising their right to assemble, election officials were inside the building administering the first vote-by-mail election in Idaho. 

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Can almond or oat beverages use the word milk on their labels? The dairy industry has been fighting for the Food and Drug Administration to say “no.” This week, a bipartisan group of senators, including Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, signed a letter calling on FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to “ensure that dairy terms may only be used to describe products that include dairy.”


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Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) refuses to answer questions about President Donald Trump, a legislator pushes to defund Boise State University, and a new Boise City Council debate. The Reporter Roundtable recaps these headlines and more on Idaho Matters.

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While attending a panel on women in business in Nampa on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Jim Risch refused to answer questions regarding President Donald Trump. Idaho Matters talks to Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin about his attempt to pose questions to the senator, who is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Updated Oct. 11 to reflect a new public statement from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch regarding the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.

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Idaho’s junior senator will seek a third term in Congress.

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Most of Idaho’s congressional delegation is getting behind a bill that would splinter off member states of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his highly-anticipated report on ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Having found no evidence of collusion, some of Idaho’s staunch Republican congressmen are weighing in on the special counsel’s conclusions.

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The FBI continues to investigate mysterious letters sent to Senator Jim Risch’s offices throughout Idaho.

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Idaho’s Jim Risch was among the senators to question the heads of all the nation’s intelligence agencies in the annual hearing on worldwide threats this week. Risch used his time to highlight a security threat striking a particular Treasure Valley company.


The government shutdown proved to be devastating for hundreds of thousands of federal employees and it cost the American economy billions of dollars. Congress and the president agreed to re-open for another three weeks while all sides continue to work out federal budgeting and agreeable attention to border security. Idaho Matters asks listener questions of Senator Jim Risch about the shutdown, border security, foreign relations and the investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 election.

On The Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 28, 2019

  • Senator Jim Risch weighs in on government shutdown and border security.
  • A state program that allows high school students to tailor personalized courses of study.
  • College of Idaho's Jasper LiCalzi discusses his new book on Idaho politics.
  • Mac Eld documents 269 historical Idaho highway markers.

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Idaho’s congressional delegation is lobbying to bring another federal judge to the state.

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Idaho and Oregon senators introduced a bill to create a permanent source of funding for rural schools. The measure is designed to help counties with a large percentage of federal land.


Senator Jim Risch Remembers His Friend, George H.W. Bush

Dec 7, 2018
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The nation honored the life and service of President George H. W. Bush this week as he was laid to rest in Texas. Idaho Senator Jim Risch served as the Idaho chairman of Bush's presidential election campaign and he joins Idaho Matters on Friday to share memories of his friend and impressions of the funeral.

On The Friday, December 7, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Dec 6, 2018

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Seantor Risch remembers President George H.W. Bush.


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week to shed light on the recent meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While some Republican senators pressed Pompeo for answers, Idaho Senator Jim Risch didn’t ask about the controversial summit.

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Republican Sen. Jim Risch is co-sponsoring the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. In a press release, Risch says the flexibility and control the measure would give states – including Idaho – will save time and money.

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Earlier this week, the U.S House of Representatives passed passed a bill allowing permit holders to kill sea lions along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in an effort to protect threatened fish populations.