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Catching up on the news…

Catching up on some of the news I missed while off last week, it’s striking how the big political story in Idaho – rift and strife within the state’s supermajority Republican Party – remains the same. Over the course of the week, two dueling dates were set for a party Central Committee meeting: Aug. 2, set as a result of a petition from county party committees, and Aug. 9, set by embattled party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the chairman despite the lack of an election of officers at the party’s failed state convention in Moscow in mid-June. The central committee meeting – one of them, anyway – ostensibly would decide where the party goes from here.

Mary Tipps Smith, the sole remaining paid staffer at the troubled party’s central office, resigned mid-week as finance director, asking people on Facebook to “pray for the Party during a difficult time.” This was the week after the departure of executive director Trevor Thorpe, whom Peterson said had left to pursue a master’s degree; at that point, Peterson also changed the locks at the party offices.

The day after Tipps Smith’s depature, Peterson hired Judy Gowen, former political director for Sen. Russ Fulcher’s unsuccessful primary challenge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter, as the party’s new executive director. Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey has the rundown at his blog here, at which he also reports that Peterson told KIDO radio’s Kevin Miller on Friday that Otter was angry “because the party would not bend over” to his wishes on a state health insurance exchange.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department announced last Monday that every rural stretch of interstate freeway in southern Idaho that’s now 75 mph would rise to 80 mph on July 1, as soon as it could get the new speed-limit signs posted, causing consternation for AAA, which had raised safety concerns about the new law that passed this year – and been assured that only after extensive and specific traffic and safety studies would any particular stretch of freeway see the higher speed limit. On Friday, ITD back-pedaled, announcing that the speed limit increase would be delayed to allow the department to “review input expressed since the announcement.” Now, the ITD board will review the traffic and safety analyses at its July 11 meeting in Coeur d’Alene.

Gov. Butch Otter announced reforms to the state’s Workforce Development Training program, initiated by his new state Labor director, Ken Edmunds; they include higher standards for companies to qualify for aid under the program, aimed at avoiding repeats of instances where companies have gotten lots of money for specific job training for workers, then later failed and laid off those same workers.

With Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls all in competition to get the first mental health crisis center in the state – since the Legislature this year chose to fund only one instead of all three – the announcement came that Idaho Falls would get the center.

And U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill tossed out the state’s lawsuit against the Coeur d’Alene Tribe for opening a poker room at its Coeur d’Alene Casino, calling it premature; the tribe and the state have a gaming compact that calls for arbitration of disputes before any lawsuits can be filed. The tribe argued that the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament play it was offering was legal in Idaho; the state maintained it wasn’t. Rather than enter a 60-day arbitration period, the state filed suit. “The state jumped the gun and violated the provisions of our agreement when it raced to the courthouse with this unnecessary lawsuit,” tribal attorney Eric Van Orden said in a statement; you can read a full report here from S-R reporter Becky Kramer.

This year’s final episode of “Idaho Reports” aired Friday on Idaho Public TV, with analysis of both the comparatively smooth Idaho Democratic Party convention in Moscow and the earlier GOP fiasco and a look ahead to new laws taking effect this week and the election season ahead; you can watch online here.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss the tumultuous GOP state convention and its fallout for Idaho politics, as state Democrats kick off their own convention in Moscow today. The show also includes a discussion with two GOP legislative leaders, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder and House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, about the party politics blowup, and more. It airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

Tonight’s Idaho Reports looks at Labrador leadership run, GOP convention doings, more…

As you might expect, we’ve got lots and lots to talk about on tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television. I join Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey and co-host Aaron Kunz to discuss Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s run for House majority leader, the happenings at the state Republican Party convention thus far and more, and co-host Melissa Davlin reports in from the convention in Moscow. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

This week on Idaho Reports…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV examines recent political developments, from the Boulder-White Clouds to the impact of the primary election results. I join Jim Weatherby, Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, and co-host Melissa Davlin for a discussion of impacts on education, including on the Senate Education Committee – where both serve – whose longtime chairman, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, was defeated. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

Tonight’s Idaho Reports…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public TV examines the voter engagement and potential political influence of Idaho’s Hispanic population, the state’s largest minority. Also, I join Jim Weatherby, Rep. Mat Erpelding, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss politics, parties and more. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa joins the pundits on tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, to discuss the just-concluded primary election. In addition to Ysursa, I join Bill Manny and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to try to make sense of it all. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of a wild week in Idaho politics. Yes, there’s some mention of that much-talked-about gubernatorial debate. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time. And if you want to see the GOP governor's debate, the full video is posted online here. Check it out - more than 350,000 people have. And they haven't been just watching snippets - the average watch time is 48 minutes.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of current events and election politics. Also, the show features a report on the GOP primary race in District 30 between 3rd-term Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, and Republican newcomer Steve Yates; it’s the latest in a series of looks at legislative races around the state. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of current events and election politics. Also, Davlin and Kunz discuss Idaho college tuition hikes and the state Republican Party’s platform survey for candidates, and Davlin and Seth Ogilvie interview two legislative candidates facing off in the primary – both Democrats from District 19, Troy Rohn and Melissa Wintrow. It’s the latest in a series of looks at legislative races around the state. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

 

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of current events, from election politics to agency rule-making. Also, Davlin and Seth Ogilvie discuss rifts in the Idaho Republican Party and report on a District 34 race, in which freshman GOP Rep. Douglas Hancey is being challenged in the primary by Ron Nate; it’s the first in a series focusing on some of the legislative races around the state.  The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the political developments of the week, from the Supreme Court decision on campaign finances to endorsements in the Secretary of State’s race. Also, Davlin talks with House Speaker Scott Bedke about federal land transfer proposals and examines that issue; and Kunz and Rocky Barker report on the Boulder-White Clouds national monument issue. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Sven Berg, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the week, from the final action of the legislative session to Idaho politics. Also, Davlin and Kunz interview Sen. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello; Davlin interviews Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa; and the show explores the real-world implications of Idaho’s current medically indigent/catastrophic health care program. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Clark Corbin, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of education funding issues that came up in the Legislature this week, from WiFi to broadband to teacher pay. Also, Davlin and Kunz interview House Majority Leader Mike Moyle on the end game for the session; Davlin explores the new Idaho core standards and how they’re playing out in Idaho classrooms; and you’ll get a glimpse of various Idahoans reciting the Gettysburg Address as part of a Ken Burns documentary project. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kimberlee Kruesi, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the legislative events of the week, from wolves to protests to justice reform. Also, Davlin interviews Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick; Davlin and Kunz interview Reps. Darrell Bolz and Grant Burgoyne; and the program examines the justice reinvestment effort that’s led to a reform bill introduced this week.

The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Roberts, and co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s sixth week, focusing on the debate over the guns-on-campus bill. Also, Davlin interviews Gov. Butch Otter; Kunz interviews Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, about efforts to raise Idaho’s minimum wage; and there’s a report on suction dredge mining and the debate it’s prompted in this year’s legislative session.

The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

 

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, Emilie Ritter Saunders, who’s filling in for co-host Aaron Kunz this week, and host Melissa Davlin for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s eventful fifth week; also, Davlin and Ritter Saunders interview Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise; a panel of guests including state Commerce Director Jeff Sayer discusses economic development, and Davlin reports on transportation issues in the state. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Bill Spence, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s tumultuous fourth week; also, Davlin and Kunz interview outgoing state schools Superintendent Tom Luna; Kunz talks with eastern Idaho teachers about teaching in a time of transition in the state; and Davlin talks with Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders about lobbyist disclosure reports in Idaho. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Mike Ferguson, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s third week, from budgets to listening sessions to candidate announcements; also, Davlin and Kunz interview Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, left, and Janie Ward Engelking, D-Boise, center; Davlin interviews Boise State University President Bob Kustra; and Kunz interviews interim University of Idaho President Don Burnett. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

During our discussion, I ask Ferguson whether the alternative state budget he released this week would use any one-time money for ongoing expenses, a question I’ve heard from legislators. The answer is complex and somewhat confusing; I quizzed him further after the taping, and his answer was no. The $71 million that Gov. Butch Otter proposes to transfer to state rainy-day savings accounts is technically one-time because it’s a year-end balance from the current year, Ferguson explained; his budget doesn’t make the transfer, but it does have a $66.1 million ending balance at the end of fiscal year 2015, so the funds aren’t routed into ongoing expenses.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Rebecca Boone and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz for a discussion of the events of the legislative session’s second week, and Kunz interviews House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. Also, the show offers reports on the problems facing Idaho’s public defender system and on the big justice reinvestment proposal that came out of a legislative interim committee this week. The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, I join Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss the events of the legislative session’s first week, including Idaho political developments. Also, Davlin interviews the co-chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, Sen. Dean Cameron and Rep. Maxine Bell; Kunz discusses Medicaid and health care issues with physician-senator Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow; and there’s a rundown of news from Gov. Butch Otter’s eighth State of the State message.

The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.

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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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