Politics http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-leader-sues-party-control <p></p><p>Idaho's Republican Party infighting may be solved in court.</p><p>The leader of Idaho's Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against two members of his own party who called an Aug. 2 meeting of the GOP Central Committee after the group left its state convention without voting on a platform or new leaders.</p><p>Chairman Barry Peterson has called for an Aug. 9 meeting.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-eccentric-political-candidate-harley-brown-gets-reality-tv-deal <p></p><p></p><p>Well, it happened. Idaho's very own gubernatorial debate superstar Harley Brown has inked a TV deal, <a href="http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/coming-soon-to-a-reality-tv-show-near-you-harley-brown/Content?oid=3151708" target="_blank">according to the Boise Weekly</a>.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:18:28 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48946 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal Gov. Evans To Lie In State Friday At Idaho Capitol http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-evans-lie-state-friday-idaho-capitol <p>Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr. will lie in state Friday at the Idaho Capitol.</p><p>Evans died at his home in Boise on Tuesday at age 89.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1qZqEbz">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that a public viewing is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p>A funeral service will be held starting at 5 p.m. in Boise at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:49:28 +0000 Associated Press 48570 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Conversation With 'The Last Great Senate' Author Ira Shapiro http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/conversation-last-great-senate-author-ira-shapiro <p>Ask just about anyone their opinion about politics and the federal government and two words you are likely to hear in response are: dysfunction and gridlock.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Ira Shapiro, knows firsthand of an era not all that long ago when big personalities in the U.S. Senate worked together to solve big problems. </span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 18433 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Conversation With 'The Last Great Senate' Author Ira Shapiro Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-newest-american-running-mate-rifle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P2b8cJNdQw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjkgE6OTGY</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 47954 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle Idaho GOP Leaders Call Competing Meetings In Fight Over Leadership http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gop-leaders-call-competing-meetings-fight-over-leadership <p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:50:23 +0000 Scott Graf 47642 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho GOP Leaders Call Competing Meetings In Fight Over Leadership Special Meeting Called To Determine Idaho GOP Leadership http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/special-meeting-called-determine-idaho-gop-leadership <p>Idaho Republican Chairman Barry Peterson has called for a special meeting to resolve the controversy surrounding the party's leadership.</p><p>According to a news release, the state central committee will meet Aug. 9. The committee will vote on a June 19 decision where Republican officials agreed that Peterson is the party's leader for another two-year term.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:05:21 +0000 Associated Press 47576 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labradors-long-shot-bid-majority-leader-signals-tea-party-unrest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061914JR_MajorityLeader_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho Republican <a href="http://labrador.house.gov/">Congressman Raul Labrador</a> lost his bid Thursday for majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. But the run may not be a complete loss for Idaho’s ultra-conservative congressman.<p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:21:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47411 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-picks-rep-kevin-mccarthy-new-majority-leader <strong>This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Calif. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been chosen by House Republicans to be their next majority leader, taking the place of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning primary upset earlier this month. Louisiana's Rep. Steve Scalise has been selected to fill the majority whip post left vacant by McCarthy's promotion.<p>McCarthy defeated Idaho Rep. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47382 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip Idaho Democratic Leader Says Republican Fighting Is Helping His Party http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democratic-leader-says-republican-fighting-helping-his-party <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho Democrats meet this weekend in Moscow for their state party convention. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:18:43 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47335 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democratic Leader Says Republican Fighting Is Helping His Party You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/you-could-win-gun-if-you-give-candidate-your-contact-info <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061814JR_GunsForVotes_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd Amendment advocates and to increase the names on his campaign mailing list.<p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47360 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info How Republican Infighting Could Help Idaho Democrats...A Little http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-republican-infighting-could-help-idaho-democratsa-little <p>It’s political convention season in Idaho. <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-stakes-idahos-republican-convention-factions-fight-control" target="_blank">Republicans held theirs last weekend</a> and Democrats will meet this weekend. Randy Stapilus admits what happens at party conventions doesn’t typically reach<strong> </strong>directly into people’s lives. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:07:43 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47294 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Roads Not Taken: Obama's Travels Leave Out These 4 States http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/roads-not-taken-obamas-travels-leave-out-these-4-states When President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday, he marked another state off his list. As president, he has now traveled to 46 of the 50 states.<p>Which ones are still waiting for a visit from President Obama?<p>Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.<p>Obama lost all of those states by a significant margin in 2012. They vote solidly Republican. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:31:16 +0000 Tamara Keith 47247 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Roads Not Taken: Obama's Travels Leave Out These 4 States Author Justin Vaughn On The Heroic Expectations Of The American President http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-justin-vaughn-heroic-expectations-american-president <p>The office of the President of the United States is among the most highly visible institutions anywhere in the world. The person who occupies the office is subject to intense scrutiny – and while some of that is negative, the president oftentimes also serves as a symbol of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a diverse American citizenry.</p><p>But what happens when there is a disconnect between the high expectations Americans have for what their president can accomplish, and the reality of how the office functions in today’s Washington?</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 47037 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Justin Vaughn On The Heroic Expectations Of The American President Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-politicians-walk-careful-line-debate-over-bergdahl-release <p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/13/321566455/bergdahl-back-in-the-u-s-to-continue-recovery" target="_blank">arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday</a> to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW, except among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:46:55 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47041 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release Idaho Congressman Labrador Announces Candidacy For House Majority Leader http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressman-labrador-announces-candidacy-house-majority-leader <p></p><p>Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador could begin his third term in the U.S. House as Majority Leader. Labrador Friday announced he's running for the high-profile post after <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/12/cantor-didnt-lose-because-of-low-turnout-he-lost-because-turnout-was-so-high/" target="_blank">Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA, lost his primary election</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:59:15 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47032 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressman Labrador Announces Candidacy For House Majority Leader High Stakes At Idaho's Republican Convention As Factions Fight For Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-stakes-idahos-republican-convention-factions-fight-control <p>In her 28 years covering Idaho politics, Betsy Russell has never gotten a press release from someone running for a political party chairmanship, until this year.</p><p>Normally only the party faithful would even notice the state Republican Party convention, which starts today in Moscow, and lasts all weekend. But this year, the convention and the chairman's race are getting a lot of attention.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:05:07 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High Stakes At Idaho's Republican Convention As Factions Fight For Control 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer Maker To Give Some Proceeds To Gay Rights Groups http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/little-bitch-otter-beer-maker-give-some-proceeds-gay-rights-groups <p>The brewery we told you about two weeks ago that's fermenting a <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer">batch of political commentary</a> plans to give a portion of its proceeds from <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer">"Little Bitch Otter" beer</a> to gay rights groups.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:27:05 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 46037 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer Maker To Give Some Proceeds To Gay Rights Groups After Winning Urban Areas, Fulcher Says He Lost Idaho's Governor Primary With Rural Voters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/after-winning-urban-areas-fulcher-says-he-lost-idahos-governor-primary-rural-voters <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter won his Republican primary Tuesday night, making him the first GOP governor since 1962 to win his party’s nomination three times in a row. Otter's victory wasn't a landslide, his main primary opponent, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, gave the longtime Republican politician a run for his money.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:49:15 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 45707 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org After Winning Urban Areas, Fulcher Says He Lost Idaho's Governor Primary With Rural Voters Idaho Brewery Gets Political With 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-brewery-gets-political-little-bitch-otter-beer <p>An Idaho brewery is wading into political commentary with a new beer dubbed "Little Bitch Otter," which appears to take a shot at Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.</p><p>The logo, made by Crooked Fence Brewing co-owner and marketing director Kelly Knopp, features an otter wearing a tie and cowboy hat.</p><p>"Anyone that is going to try to take away freedoms or not let someone be equal, Crooked Fence is against," says Knopp.</p><p>Knopp wouldn't be more specific on why their political cartoon appears to put Gov. Otter in the cross hairs, although the timing seems deliberate.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:54:45 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 45429 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Brewery Gets Political With 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer