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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.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area turns 40

Political Science professor, John Freemuth comments on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho turning 40 years old.  Read the article in the Read about Sawtooth’s 40th Anniversary in State Journal and the Idaho Statesman.

Did closed primary stop cross-over voting?

Professor Gary Moncrief discussed the results of the recent primary election in idahopolitic’s blog and the question “did the GOP closed ballot work?”.

Comments on Idaho’s recent primary election.

Professor Gary Moncrief provided analysis of the recent primary election for Boise State Public Radio and the Idaho Statesman. Moncrief discussed changes at the polls, low voter turnout and the future of Idaho’s closed primaries.

Read about Gary Moncrief and the recent primary in Update.

Meet the Employers – Public Sector

Don’t miss out on an opportunity for select Boise State students to meet and engage with public sector organizations in a more personal setting at Meet the Employers – Public Sector. Discover what makes each organization unique  and connect with professionals who can offer invaluable career advice and contacts.

Build your network
Develop your professional communication skills
Meet people with career paths that will inspire you
Get insider information on internship, mentorship & job opportunities

 Thursday, April 26th in the Capitol Building, Rotunda; 5:30-8:30pm.  

SPACE IS LIMITED! Indicate your interest now. Visit The Career Center website to RSVP and for more information.

Meet with the top executives and decision makers from:

  • ACLU of Idaho – Leo Morales
  • Ada County Juvenile Court Services – Judge David Manweiler
  • Ada County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Gary Raney
  • Boise City Council – Councilman Ben Quintana
  • Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (District 3) – Director Ross Mason
  • Idaho of Veterans’ Affairs – Regional Director Jim Vance
  • Idaho Hospital Association – VP of Governmental Relations Toni Lawson
  • Idaho State Legislature – House of Representatives – Director of Government Affairs at BSU Bruce Newcomb
  • State of Idaho, Office of Performance Evaluations – Director Rakesh Mohan
  • The Nature Conservancy in Idaho – State Director Toni Hardesty
  • The Washington Group (Washington DC) – Jennifer Kolb



Headed to Brazil

Brian Wampler has been invited to make a presentation at the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) annual conference to be held April 17-18 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Last year seven governments, led by the United States and Brazil, initiated the OGP in an effort to encourage national governments to be more transparent and accountable.  This effort is being developed in conjunction with NGOs and other civil society organizations.  More than 30 countries are sending official delegations to the annual conference.

For more details, visit

This article originally posted in Read about the international Open Government Partnership in Update.

Beyond the Blue “The Human Situation”

Is there a right way to be a person? Does the quality of our community somehow depend on whether people live that way? Dr. Stewart Gardner was featured in a podcast that invites you to join in the exercise of cracking open such questions.

Read more and listen to the podcast on Read about “The Human Situation” in Beyond the Blue.

Women running for office

For those interested in the political races happening this year be sure to read the Washington Post article Twenty years on, ‘Year of the Woman’ fades.  In the article Professor Gary Moncrief is quoted on the race in Idaho and how women are playing a part in that race.

In conservative Idaho, whose filing deadline was this month, nearly four in 10 of the Democratic candidates for the state legislature are women, while only 13 percent of the Republican candidates are, said Gary Moncrief, a political science professor at Boise State University.

“In other words, a Democratic candidate is three times more likely to be a woman than is a Republican candidate,” he said. “In Idaho, it isn’t a gender gap; it’s a gender chasm.”

This story was first published in Read about the Gender gap in Update.


Wisconsin recall issues

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a report on WUWM Milwaukie Public Radio on efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Moncrief said that no matter what other political issues have arisen in Wisconsin during the past year, he expects a recall election to focus on unions’ collective bargaining rights, a divisive issue in that state. Read the story here.

This story originally appeared in the Read about Gary Moncrief’s thoughts on the Wisconsin Recall Effort in Update.

Ambitious Political Science Student runs for Idaho House of Representatives

Gus Voss, a senior political science major, is running for the Idaho House of Representatives, seat 17A, in the 2012 election.

Voss feels he has a moral duty to fix the legislature.

“Given our current political climate, I feel it is my ethical duty to run for office,” Voss said. “I feel that constituents of district 17 deserve a lot more than that, especially since we are much more intelligent than the candidates of district 17 are willing to demonstrate.”

Voss is a Boise native and said he was largely influenced by his father and grandparents who, “taught me a hard work ethic and a strong sense of morality.”

He said he believes this work ethic helped him  through a variety of occupations. Voss has worked several customer service jobs such as the Boise Co-Op as stock-boy and the Owyhee Plaza Hotel as a banquet server during his four years at Boise State.

Read the Arbiter Online article about Gus’s campaign.