Andrus Center

CECIL D. ANDRUS PAPERS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Remembrances of Idaho political icon Cecil Andrus are pouring in from leaders across the state and the nation. The former governor founded a public policy center at Boise State University after retiring from politics. The center’s director, John Freemuth, was a longtime associate of the late Andrus.

He says knowing his boss and friend was an ongoing education.


Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Cecil Andrus, the longest-serving governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior has died. A lion of Idaho Democratic politics, Andrus had long led the state's charge to balance environmental preservation with economic growth, which sometimes led to allies on either side side dismissing him. 

Cecil D. Andrus Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University.

Idahoans are in mourning after the death of four-term governor Cecil Andrus – known to many as just “Cece." He was 85 years old, just one day shy of his 86th birthday. The Democrat died late Thursday due to complications from lung cancer.

Amelia Templeton / OPB

A group of western politicians, industry leaders and other stakeholders convened at Boise State Tuesday. The Andrus Center for Public Policy hosted the day-long conference, which included remarks from Congressman Mike Simpson, Montana Governor Steve Bullock and a few Idaho county commissioners.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has awarded the Andrus Center for Public Policy $500,000 to host a series of workshops about rangeland wildfire with officials from all levels of government across the West. The workshops will try and figure out the best ways to reduce the size and severity of costly wildfires.

Part of the grant money will be used to focus on land conservation and rehab after big fires. Boise State University public policy professor John Freemuth will head up the project.

Boise State University/Andrus Center

Scholars from around the U.S. are in Boise today to talk about the state of the American presidency.  They're taking part in a day-long event at Boise State University to discuss the power of the president, the chief executive’s role in fiscal policy, and bias in the presidential selection process.  
 
David Adler directs the university’s Andrus Center for Public Policy, which organized the conference.  On KBSX's Morning Edition Thursday, Adler said the panelists include some of the most distinguished presidential scholars in the country.  Click below to hear the conversation.

The New York Times

Writer and journalist Timothy Egan spent 18 years telling stories about the West for The New York Times.

The Spokane, Washington native now writes opinion pieces for the paper.  Egan speaks tonight, Wednesday, in Boise about the state of American politics.  

He's a guest of the Andrus Center For Public Policy.  Egan says President Obama's re-election reflects what he calls “huge and unalterable” shifts in American demographics.

Click 'Listen' to hear our interview. 

Boise Official: U.S. Wildfire Policy Lacks Focus

Jul 17, 2012
Andrus Center for Public Policy

The wildfires burning here in the West recently led the New York Times to ask this question: Does the government cause or prevent wildfires?

The Times invited eight people to weigh-in on fire policy. One of them was Marc Johnson of Boise. He's president of the Andrus Center for Public Policy.

Johnson says the government’s plan needs to be more focused.  Click 'Listen' to hear his comments.

Read Johnson's opinion piece here.

 

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Boise State’s Andrus Center for Public Policy has a new director. David Adler will take the reins of the nonpartisan center in July. Adler has spent the past two years as founding director of the McClure Center for Public Policy at the University of Idaho. Before that he taught political science at Idaho State University.