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Politics for Lunch

PoliticsforLunch_logoThis lecture series features Idaho politicians and constituents discussing current issues from a personal perspective. Each session includes prepared remarks followed by questions from the audience. Downloads are available from iTunes U through Boise State.


Listen to Politics for Lunch Podcasts

2016 Speakers

  • David Longanecker, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
    The Advent of a New Millennium in Higher Education (.pdf)
  • Representative Gary Collins, Senator Jeff Siddoway, Idaho Tax Commissioner Ken Roberts
    Idaho Tax Policy
  • Lisa Maatz, VP Government Relations, American Association of University Women
    National Issues Facing Women and Children

2015 Speakers

  • Governor Cecil D. Andrus and Rick Johnson, Director of the Idaho Conservation League
    Boulder-White Clouds
  • John Pepper, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, former Chair of the Walt Disney Company
    The Business Case for Early Learning
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, Politics Chair at Occidental College
    Race and Gender in American Politics
  • Senator Chuck Winder, Assistant Minority Leader
    Public Lands Report
  • Kathy O’Neil, Community Engagement Director of JUMP
    PowerPoint Presentation (.pdf)
    Video for first slide of PowerPoint Presentation (sound included in podcast)
  • Director Brian Ness, Idaho Transportation Department
    Due to a technical error, this podcast is unavailable
    Presentation Slides (.pdf)
    Presentation Text
  • Mayor David Bieter, Making Boise the Most Livable City in the Country
    Vista Early Childhood Project (video)
    Hackfort (video)

2014 Speakers

  • Michelle Stennett, Idaho Senate Minority Leader
  • John Rusche, Idaho House Minority Leader
  • Mike Ferguson, Director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
    Powerpoint Presentation
    Executive Budget
    Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
  • Tom Luna, Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Curt McKenzie, Idaho Senate Affairs Chair
  • Lawrence Wasden, Idaho Attorney General
  • Mike Simpson, U.S. Congressman, 2nd District
  • U.S. Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, Chair of Politics at Occidental College (Sexual Assault on Campus)