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Outdoor Idaho commemoration of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Political science professor John Freemuth helped in the creation of, and appeared in, an Outdoor Idaho commemoration of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The hour-long special celebrating the SNRA’s 40th anniversary aired Dec. 2. Watch “A Sawtooth Celebration”

Read about “A Sawtooth Celebration” In Update

Dr. Justin Vaughn Edits Book

A book edited by assistant political science professor Justin Vaughn, along with Lilly Goren of Carroll University, was published this month by the University Press of Kentucky. “Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics” is a collection of essays about the range of ways pop culture shapes and is shaped by gendered expectations about the presidency and political leadership.

Read about “Women and the White House” in Update

Prof. Raymond lectures on “Trends in World Politics”

Greg Raymond, distinguished professor of political science, lectured on “Trends in World Politics” at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, on Nov. 3. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, he delivered a series of presentations on the foreign policy implications of the 2012 U.S. presidential election at an international conference held in Kopaonik, Serbia, between Nov. 5 and 8. He also was interviewed by Serbian, Bulgarian and Russian print and broadcast media on U.S. security policy toward the Balkan region.

Read about Prof. Raymond and “Trends in World Politics” in BSU Update

Deconstruct the Election at Panel Discussion

The 2012 race to the White House has been an emotional roller coaster for political wonks, with the debate over the debates, the rise of the fact checkers, the polling wars, the ballot access battles, and in the end, the Superstorm.

Vent with the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, the Political Science Department, the Andrus Center for Public Policy and The Blue Review, the college’s new journal of popular scholarship.

“Après ’I Voted’ — A Post-Election Conversation” is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Center on Main, 1020 Main St. in Boise. Appetizers and bipartisanship conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion kicks off at 7 p.m. The event is free.

The evening features:

David Adler, Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University
Justin Vaughn, Boise State University Political Science Department
Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman
George Prentice, Boise Weekly
Molly Messick, StateImpact Idaho/Boise State Public Radio
Moderated by Nathaniel Hoffman, editor of “The Blue Review”

Topics could include: What are your hopes and fears for the next four years? Has the nation changed? Will its role in the world change? What is the new political math for Congress and for the states? What now?

Original source: Boise State UPDATE…

Professor Yenor acting as the National Election Analyst on Election Day

Scott Yenor, professor and chair in the Department of Political Science, will act as the national election analyst on local channels 6 and 9 on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Idaho Education Changes Under Attack – Tight Race

Gary Moncrief, professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a Stateline and Huffington Post story about attempts to repeal a package of education measures on the ballot as Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Moncrief noted that the impact of this vote could spill over into other races. Read “Idaho Education Changes Under Attack” in the Huffington Post here.

Read the Update report about Idaho Changes Under Attack.

Mike Touchton and Brian Wampler were selected winners of the LAPIS 2013 Best Paper Award

Mike Touchton and Brian Wampler, professors of political science, were selected winners of the LAPIS 2013 Best Paper Award for their coauthored paper “Improving Social Well-Being through New Democratic Institutions,” which they presented at the LASA 2012 Congress.

“This paper asks important questions about how participatory budgeting affects citizens’ well-being. Using an original and a large N data base of Brazilian municipalities, the authors show that the situation of the poor is improved through an increase in spending on health care and sanitation, which is reflected in a reduction in the rates of child mortality. The effect grows with time and when the political party implementing the participatory budget believes in its principles. Interestingly, the authors claim that in contrast to the theorized bias in representative democracy towards middle and upper class groups, the new institution of participatory budgeting, can help overcome this bias and benefit the poor. Thus, this paper makes an important contribution to our knowledge about the social and political consequences of participatory budgeting, one that will inform normative as well as empirical debates about participatory democracy.”

Wampler also is a featured speaker at the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s bi-annual conference on Oct. 12-14 in Seattle, Wash.

Read about LAPIS 2013 Best Paper Award in Update.

Dr. Justin Vaughn Interviewed by the Spokane/Pacific Northwest Inlander

Justin Vaughn, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed by the Spokane/Pacific Northwest Inlander for an article about the 1st Congressional District race. Vaughn joined Boise State this fall. His current research projects include examinations of the strategic dimensions of presidential rhetoric and the role popular culture plays in shaping the presidential image. Read the Inlander article.


Read Prof. Justin Vaughn’s thoughts on the 1st Congressional Race in Update.

Dr. John Freemuth is quoted in a KBOI 2 news story

John Freemuth, professor of political science, was quoted in a KBOI 2 news story about expectations prior to the first presidential debate. Read the story here.

Read about expectations prior to the first presidential debate in Update: your source for campus news.

Ross Burkhart co-authors an article published in the Idaho Law Review

Andy Hyer, Lee Hannah and Sarah Toevs in the Department of Community and Environmental Health and Ross Burkhart in the Department of Political Science co-authored an article published in the Idaho Law Review titled: “Paying for Long-Term Care in the Gem State: A Survey of the Federal and State Laws Influencing How Long-Term Care Services for Idaho’s Growing Aged and Disabled Populations Are — and Will Be — Funded.”

The need for long-term care (LTC) services in Idaho are expected to increase dramatically as the state’s population ages, and the cost of providing such services also is expected to grow at a staggering rate in coming years. This policy survey takes a comprehensive look at the various federal and state laws impacting how such services are paid for in Idaho, whether it be Medicaid, LTC insurance, home equity or other means. In providing such “a foundational overview of the current policy landscape affecting LTC funding in Idaho,” the article serves as a valuable resource for policymakers considering ways to reform LTC funding policies in Idaho and demographically similar states. Such an overview should also prove a helpful resource to individuals, financial planners, attorneys, health care professionals and others seeking to understand the complex LTC financing system.

The faculty involved in this “cross-college” effort came together through the Center for the  Study of Aging and were supported through a grant from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. As the “scholarly voice of the University of Idaho College of Law,” the Idaho Law Review has been “a valuable resource for judges, practitioners, and scholars around the country for more than 40 years.”

Full citation: Andrew M. Hyer et al., Paying for Long-Term Care in the Gem State, 48 Idaho L. Rev. 351 (2012). The article is available on the Law Review’s website at

The original post was found on UPDATE site. Locate that post Read “Paying for Long-Term Care in the Gem State: A Survey of the Federal and State Laws Influencing How Long-Term Care Services for Idaho’s Growing Aged and Disabled Populations Are — and Will Be — Funded” in Update.