Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo may have blown big bucks for nothing. The incumbent senator, who has already spent $1.5 million on his re-election campaign, will not be facing a Democratic challenger in November. According to the Idaho Statesman, would-be Democratic candidate Michael Kennedy’s campaign organizer missed the filing deadline by seconds, after the first challenger backed out of the race at the last minute. Other Idaho Republicans can relax, too: Democrats are running candidates in only 60 of the 105 open state legislative seats.

In Montana, one candidate is taking advantage of a new legislative district: Margarett Campbell, vice president of Fort Peck Community College, is running for the state House of Representatives in District 31. The district, which runs along the Missouri River in the northeastern part of the state, was created in 2000 when Montana was redistricted according to changes in population. If elected, Campbell, D, who is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe, will join seven other American Indians in the Montana state legislature.

What do congressional Republicans really think about the environment? Apparently, some think the issue could turn Americans sour on voting Republican next November. The solution, according to a memo from the Republican Conference leadership to all Republican House members, is to convince constituents that environmental issues have been blown out of proportion. The memo includes information such as "global warming is not a fact" and "Links between air quality and asthma in children remain cloudy."