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Chewing over the election results…

I'll be on Idaho Public TV's “Dialogue” program tomorrow night, along with Greg Hahn, Gary Moncrief, and host Marcia Franklin, to discuss the election results. Among them: I've been looking at how we ended up with the exact same party split in the Legislature as before the election, 28 Republicans and 7 Democrats in the Senate, and 57 Republicans and 13 Democrats in the House.

Here's how: The Democrats picked up one seat in the House when Janie Ward-Engelking beat Julie Ellsworth. But that was offset by the Republicans' pickup of retiring Rep. Wendy Jaquet's seat in District 26, which was narrowly won by Steve Miller.

In the Senate, the Dems had a pickup when Branden Durst beat Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise. But the election of Rep. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, to the seat formerly held by Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, was a pickup for the Republicans, offsetting the other one.

Dialogue airs Friday at 8 p.m.; there's more info here.

Boise doctor, author speaks out on fixing nation’s health care system

Dr. Ted Epperly, a Boise family physician, director of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and former chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, recently published a book entitled, “Fractured: America's Broken Health Care System And What We Must Do To Heal It.” He says our current system is focused more on disease and sickness than on wellness and health, creating a society where many are living sick and dying young. He'll discuss it tonight on Idaho Public Television's “Dialogue” program, with host Joan Cartan-Hansen; the show airs at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, 7:30 p.m. Pacific.

In the book, Epperly draws on his decades as a family physician and his experience in the military to describe how the nation can reduce costs and improve people's health. “I want to elevate the dialogue beyond rhetoric and spin, and help make the central issues crystal clear so that America can arrive at the best possible solution for our people and for our nation's health,” he said. Epperly also is a clinical professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and is among those recently appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to working groups examining Idaho's options in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the national health care reform law. There's more information here on tonight's Dialogue program, which also will re-air Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific.

Talking politics on Dialogue tonight…

Tonight on Idaho Public TV's “Dialogue,” host Joan Cartan-Hansen will host a reporters and pundits roundtable discussion on the primary elections results, Idaho politics and more; on the panel will be Idaho Statesman editorial page editor Kevin Richert; Idaho Falls Post Register editorial page editor Corey Taule; Greg Hahn, host of IPTV's “Idaho Reports,” and myself. Got a questions about Idaho politics? Call in and ask us. The show airs live at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, 7:30 p.m. Pacific. Before the show, you can send your questions in by email to; during the show, call in toll-free to (800) 973-9800. There's more info here, where you can also watch the show online after it airs.

Got questions about legislative session? Dialogue is tonight

Tonight's “Dialogue” program on Idaho Public Television will look at the upcoming legislative session; I'll be among those joining host Marcia Franklin for the discussion, along with John Miller of the Associated Press, Clark Corbin of the Idaho Falls Post Register and Greg Hahn of Idaho Reports. The show airs live at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, 7:30 Pacific; you can call in during the show with your questions, toll-free, to (800) 973-9800, or send them in via email before the show to

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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