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Dr. Gary Moncrief is quoted in a Boise State Public Radio Story

Gary Moncrief, a professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio story on citizens taking on lawmakers over controversial issues. Moncrief noted that citizen vetoes are rare and tend to happen when a state is dominated by one party, where legislative majorities can pass bills not supported by the masses.  Read about citizens taking on lawmakers over controversial issues.

The original story can be found Read about citizens taking on lawmakers on Update.

College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs – Annual Report

The College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Annual Report can be viewed here.

Dr. Scott Yenor is contributor for SeeThruEdu.com

The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education unveils a new website, SeeThruEdu.com, which focuses on higher education reform.  The site offers daily postings by leading higher education experts from across the country.

SeeThruEdu.com serves as part resource bank, part discussion area bringing national resources to state scenarios for the principles of academic rigor, fiscal transparency, affordability, and accountability,” said Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “We assembled some of the best minds in academia to offer their thoughts on important reform issues in the higher education realm.”

Content published at SeeThruEdu.com ranges from commentary to academic reports, and provides fresh perspectives that challenge much of the current discourse and offer constructive alternatives.

Article courtesy of MarketWatch.

Respecting Posterity’s Property: John Freemuth

John Freemuth, professor of public administration, will be part of a panel looking at “Respecting Posterity’s Property” at a conference titled “The National Possessed: The Conflicting Claims on America’s Public Lands.” The conference is Sept. 11-14 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The panel addressed movements over the years to privatize public lands or return them to the states, and the costs and benefits of such changes.

Originally posted 8/28/12 in Read About Respecting Posterity’s Property in Update.

John Freemuth receives U.S. Geological Survey grant

Newswise — Boise State University political scientist and public land policy expert John Freemuth has received a $275,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to improve the availability and usefulness of data on lands managed by the federal, state and local governments.

Read more about the US Geological Survey Grant…

Summit Competition & Economics Scholarship

Here’s a great learning experience for students, faculty and staff and it includes some financial incentives as well.

Please RSVP to participate in the 3rd annual Frank Church International Economic Summit from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM October 16 in the Jordan Ballroom. Country team and scholarship applications are limited.
View 2012 Application

The International Economic Summit is a 6 hour simulation of the global economy in which 60-100 country teams compete for scarce resources, form strategic country alliances, debate global issues, invest in long term development and apply their knowledge and skills to raise their country’s standard of living while grappling with current global economic and political issues.

Each country team has 3 members (students, faculty and staff are eligible), one of which must have participated in a Summit previously as a student, instructor or volunteer.

Consider offering the Summit as an extra credit project for your course. It requires up to 15 hours preparation time plus the 6 hour event on October 16.

This learning project is applicable for students and faculty interested in international relations, economics, global trade, business and any of the social sciences.

In addition to the $2,000 of educational team awards, one student will be selected for the new George M. Klein Economics Scholarship of $350.

This Summit event is sponsored by the Frank Church Institute, the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Education.

Application attached or at http://cobe.boisestate.edu/icee/international-economic-summit/summit-teacher-training-signup-bsu-82012/

Contact me for questions or assistance,

Linda Gault


Linda Gault, Operations Manager (208-426-1193)

Leon Maynard, President (208-426-1810)
Suzen Lin, Materials Manager (208-426-1102)
Xiaoye Jin, Graduate Assistant (208-426-2926)

Idaho Council on Economic Education
International Economic Summit Institute www.econsummit.org
Boise State University

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Applications being accepted for the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy

Attention: BSU Pre-Law Society, BSU Criminal Justice, BSU Political Science, BSU Public Policy and Administration, and BSU History Departments:

Applications are now online for the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy, which is a free 12-week course offered to increase public understanding of the American legal system. This is a great course for pre-law students and those students who want to learn more about the legal system in this country and our state. Participants of Citizens’ Law Academy finish the program with a better understanding of how the system works, the laws affecting their daily lives, their rights under the law, and the ethical standards by which judges and attorneys must conduct themselves. Over the course of the 12 weeks, participants will hear from several judges and attorneys who each present on a different aspect of the legal system.

Classes are held in Boise and meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm from September 4 through November 13. Organizers hope for a variety of student perspectives and encourage anyone 18 and older from the Treasure Valley area who wants to learn more about Idaho law and the American legal system to sign up. Registration forms will be accepted through August 17. Space is limited. For more information and an application, visit http://isb.idaho.gov/ilf/lre/cla.html.

For more information about Citizens’ Law Academy, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at 208.334.4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

I am helping to coordinate the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy, which is a free 12-week course offered to increase public understanding of the American legal system. This is a great course for pre-law students and those students who want to learn more about the legal system in this country and our state. Participants of Citizens’ Law Academy finish the program with a better understanding of how the system works, the laws affecting their daily lives, their rights under the law, and the ethical standards by which judges and attorneys must conduct themselves. Over the course of the 12 weeks, participants will hear from several judges and attorneys who each present on a different aspect of the legal system.

Classes are held in Boise and meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm from September 4 through November 13. Organizers hope for a variety of student perspectives and encourage anyone 18 and older from the Treasure Valley area who wants to learn more about Idaho law and the American legal system to sign up. Registration forms will be accepted through August 17. Space is limited. For more information and an application, visit http://isb.idaho.gov/ilf/lre/cla.html.

For more information about Citizens’ Law Academy, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at 208.334.4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Good Government or Rubbish?

John Freemuth, Political Science professor at Boise State University and senior fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy, recently commented on the “Good Government or Rubbish?” story published with the Twin Falls Times-News
“Although government has the right to regulate services, especially when it affects the health and safety of its citizens, the …
Read Good Government or Rubbish… »

Current state of the “tea party”

Gary Moncrief, was quoted in an Associated Press story about the current state of the “tea party” platform in Idaho. Moncrief noted that while tea party sentiment seems to be on the wane, conventions, such as the upcoming Republican convention in Twin Falls, tend to draw the most deeply committed delegates and thus the most “active an passionate.”

Read about Gary Moncrief’s thoughts on the Tea Party in Update.

Idaho House Speaker Lawrence Denny

Gary Moncrief was quoted in the Idaho Statesman article “Dan Popkey: Bedke poised to unseat Denney”.  A story about Idaho House Speaker Lawrence Denny and his odds of being unseated in the coming year.