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Touchton Comments on Election Investments

Mike Touchton authored an article in the Washington Post titled “Free and fair elections attract investment, no matter who’s elected. Here’s why”. In his article he takes a look at two “illiberal” democracies that recently held relatively free and fair elections, Argentina and Venezuela, and provides theories as to why. Read Mike Touchton’s full article here.

Original Sources: The Update – 1/11/16, The Washington Post – 1/8/16

Brian Wampler’s Speaking Spree

Brain Wampler gave three talks during the first week of December. Photo of Brian WamplerThe first was to the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency at its annual Stewards meeting in Washington, D.C., the second was to the Arizona State University’s School of Public Service, and the third was for a conference that focused on participatory democracy, civic engagement and citizenship education that was hosted by ASU. Read more about Brain Wampler’s talks here.

Original Source: The Update – 12/9/2015

Scott Yenor’s Take on Recent Student Protests

Scott Yenor’s article titled “A Professor’s Take: College Student Protests Echo 1960s Protests” was published by The Daily Signal’s Education/Commentary feed. In his article he discusses recent student protests, specifically those of University of Missouri and Yale. Read Scott Yenor’s full article here.

Original Source: The Daily Signal – 11/17/2015

Scott Yenor’s Article on Marriage

Scott Yenor’s article titled “Toward Plural Marriage: Understanding and Countering the Liberal Wringer” was published by The Witherspoon Institute’s “Public Discourse” feed. In his article he addresses the biases and moral teaching within the contemporary liberal perspective in regards to marriage and family life. Read the full article at the The Witherspoon Institute’s “Public Discourse” .

Original Source: The Witherspoon Institute – 12/7/2015


Remembering Keith Stein

Founder of Boise State’s Blue Thunder Marching Band, Keith Stein Steins-417x500passed away this weekend in his home at the age of 86. Keith’s impact on our university and students can be seen all throughout his life time, read more about Keith Stein’s life and legacy here.

Original Source: Boise State News Update – 11/9/2015 

PNPSA’s Annual Meeting


Tyler Holden, a Master of Political Science student at Boise TylerState University, won honorable mention at the poster competition for the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting. His poster was in regards to “Influential factors on outcomes of midterm gubernatorial elections”.

Presidential Policy Czars

Justin Vaughn, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitUniversity, wrote a guest post for Presidential Power titled “Presidential Policy Czars”. Presidential Power is a blog that focuses on presidents and presidential politics around the world. Vaughn’s post focuses on the meaning and history of czars in relation to Barack Obama. Read the full post at Presidential Power.

Original Source: Presidential Power – 10/28/2015

This week on Idaho Reports

During the week of October 23rd Rocky Barker joined Justin Vaughn of Boise State University and Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review to discuss racism in Idaho and gender balances on Idaho boards and commissions. View the video here.

Original Sources: Idaho Reports – 10/23/2015

Forum for Boise City Council Candidates

Boise State’s Political Science Association organized a forum for Boise City Council candidates on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Interactive Learning Center on campus. Political Science lecturer, Isaac Castellano, moderated the forum. There are currently three council seats up for election and 5 candidates, three of which are incumbents. The forum was live-blogged by PSA students and The Blue Review. Read more about the forum here.

Law School Fair

November 5th 2015, 9:30-12:30
Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom

The Law School Fair is a great way to connect face to face with over 50 law school representatives from across the United States. Gather information on admission process, requirements, and any other general questions about the law school you are interested in.

A unique opportunity for students, alumni and community members considering law school:

  • Meet face-to-face with over 50 law school representatives from across the country
  • Ask questions and learn more about the schools that interest you
  • Suggested attire is business casual

For more information, contact:
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Advising and Student Success
(208) 426-2663