June 15, 2017: What to Know 

click to enlarge BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • An annual charity baseball between the GOP and Democrats will go on as planned this afternoon, a day after a shooting that left U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition. The gunman in the shooting has been identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Illinois, who was killed during a shootout with police. A congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were also shot during the incident. The Washington Post reports investigators on the trail of "political anger" that triggered Hodginkson to violence.

  • RUSS FULCHER
    • Russ Fulcher
    Nearly a year before the 2018 GOP primary, former Idaho State Senator Russ Fulcher announced this morning he was withdrawing from the race for Idaho governor and will instead will run for Congress. Fulcher said he's interested in replacing Rep. Raul Labrador, who is mounting his own race for governor.
    Labrador wrote that he "fully supports" Fulcher's bid for Congress. Fulcher will face Idaho Attorney General David Leroy in the GOP primary for Labrador's seat.
  • The Boise Hawks begins its 30th season later today, when the team plays against the Spokane Indians—part of a five-game series in Spokane. The Hawks will open its home season Tuesday, June 20, against the Eugene Emeralds.

 
  • The U.S. Open Golf Championship begins today at one of the toughest courses on the planet—Erin Hills, outside of Milwaukee, Wisc.—but one of the best golfers in the world will not be there. Phil Mickelson has competed in 26 U.S. Opens; but SB Nation reports that Mickelson has withdrawn from the tournament this year so he can attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation near San Diego, Calif.

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