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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.

Idaho Reports kicks off legislative season

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television – the kickoff to the program’s weekly coverage of this year’s legislative session - I join Jim Weatherby, Dan Popkey, and hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz to discuss what’s ahead. Also, Davlin interviews former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb and former House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet on the impact of an election year on the legislative session; there’s historical perspective on some of the questions facing this year’s Legislature; and Kunz interviews three lobbyists, Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Monica Hoffman of the Idaho ACLU, and Dan Chadwick of the Idaho Association of Counties.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 the program, Davlin stumps all of us by asking how long the circulators of the initiative petition to raise Idaho’s minimum wage have to gather their signatures. Here’s the answer: According to Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst, “The statute says 18 months or April 30 in the year of the election, whichever comes first.” The “Raise Idaho” petition was submitted May 15, 2013; its backers have until April 30 to gather the required signatures.

Talking education: Idaho Reports examines looming issues

Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports” program has a new episode up online looking at education issues as the legislative session approaches; you can watch it here. On the program, co-host Aaron Kunz interviews state schools Superintendent Tom Luna; there’s a segment on early childhood education including comments from Lauren Necochea of KidsCount, state Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett; and Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, who is working on legislation to pilot a public preschool program in Idaho; and I join Jim Weatherby and Kevin Richert for a discussion of education issues facing the upcoming Legislature with Kunz and co-host Melissa Davlin. The program opens with a bit of an introduction to the two new co-hosts and where they're heading with the show.

Looking at the results in recent city elections across the state…

Idaho Reports, the Idaho Public Television program, is gearing up for the upcoming legislative session, and new co-hosts Melissa Davlin and Aaron Kunz are starting off with some online-only episodes; on the first one, now up on the Web, the show examines the results of the recent municipal elections across the state. Here, I join Jim Weatherby, Sadie Babits, Davlin and Kunz for part of the discussion; also featured is Cynthia Sewell of the Idaho Statesman breaking down Treasure Valley election results, and more. You can watch the show here.

Davlin, Kunz named the new co-hosts of Idaho PTV’s ‘Idaho Reports’

Melissa Davlin, former Statehouse reporter for the Twin Falls Times-News, and Aaron Kunz, a producer for EarthFix, a public media project that includes Idaho Public TV, Oregon Public Broadcasting and KCTS Seattle, have been named co-hosts of Idaho Reports, the long-running public television program on Idaho Public TV that covers the Idaho Legislature. “I’m excited about the strengths of our young co-hosts,” said Bruce Reichert, Idaho Public Television’s executive producer. “They understand the value of this venerable show to Idahoans and are committed to making ‘Idaho Reports’ informative, insightful, and even fun to watch.” Click below for the full announcement from Idaho Public TV.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television – the final program of the year - I join Jim Weatherby, Melissa Davlin, Aaron Kunz and host Greg Hahn to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature. Plus, Jim, Greg and I interview House Speaker Scott Bedke; Melissa interviews freshman Rep. James Holtzclaw; Emilie Ritter Saunders offers a view of some end-of-session frivolity; and I offer my “Eye on Boise” rundown of some of the week’s happenings. 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 host Greg Hahn to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature. Plus, Jim, Greg and I interview Sens. Branden Durst, D-Boise, and Chuck Winder, R-Boise; Aaron Kunz has a report on water quality issues; Melissa Davlin interviews freshman Rep. Kellly Packer, R-McCammon; and I offer my “Eye on Boise” rundown of some of the week’s happenings. 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, Rocky Barker, Kevin Richert and host Greg Hahn to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature. Plus, Aaron Kunz talks with Lt. Gov. Brad Little; and Melissa Davlin interviews freshman Rep. Steven Miller, R-Fairfield. 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, David Adler, Aaron Kunz and host Greg Hahn to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature. Plus, Greg has a lively interview with Sens. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, and Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, on the health insurance exchange issue; it’s not to be missed.  Theshow 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.

Greg also has an announcement: He’ll become associate vice president for communications and marketing at Boise State University on March 5. He’ll continue to host Idaho Reports for a transitional period after he starts at BSU.

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, host Greg Hahn talks with University of Idaho President Duane Nellis and Boise State University President Bob Kustra; there’ll be highlights from this morning’s listening hearing held by the House and Senate education committees; and pundits joining Greg will include Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Melissa Davlin and Molly Messick to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature and the evolving debate over possible repeal of the personal property tax on business equipment. There’ll also be another installment of the virtual tour of the Statehouse. (I’m not on the show this week, as I’m off to parents’ weekend at my son’s college.) 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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