For anyone who watched principled stands destroy others’ political careers in the Gem State, Congressman Mike Simpson’s win in last month’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary election was a welcomed relief.

In today’s play-it-safe environment, it’s rare to see anyone spend political capital the way Simpson did in promoting his $33.5 billion plan to breach the four lower Snake River dams to rescue imperiled salmon and steelhead from extinction — while mitigating the effects on communities and industries.