Public Affairs Report
Longtime Idaho political observer Jim Weatherby, a Boise State University professor emeritus, said, “If not criminal negligence, then at least gross mismanagement was on display in the CCA case. This will be a blemish on the Otter record regardless of legal technicalities.”
Weatherby said he hopes a newly named interim legislative committee on state purchasing procedures “can learn lessons from the CCA and IEN (Idaho Education Network) cases,” adding, “The credibility of state government is at stake.”
Original source: The Spokesman-Review, Corrections Corporation of America cleared in Idaho prison scandal, 5/21/15
John Freemuth, a public lands expert, was quoted in an Associated Press story about U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s recent announcement of a new fire plan aimed at protecting sage grouse habitat. Freemuth said it is important for officials to show that protecting sage grouse habitat won’t come at the expense of fire protection in other areas. Read the full story in the Idaho Statesman.
Originally Cited in the Idaho Statesman
John Freemuth, the Boise State University political science professor who has advised Interior officials working on the fire and sage grouse report, observed the inaction of the past decade and called the changes Jewell has made “remarkable.”
“I think generally there’s been, throughout his career, a lot of respect for him and the work he’s done,” said Jim Weatherby, Boise State University professor emeritus and a longtime observer of Idaho politics.
Weatherby said Crapo “covered his bases” in his choice of campaign co-chairmen, “drawing upon representatives of the various factions” of Idaho’s Republican Party, from tea party favorite Labrador to sitting Gov. Otter.
Original source: The Spokeman-Review, Idaho Sen. Crapo to run for 4th term 5/12/15
Justin Vaughn was quoted in an Associated Press article that ran in several media outlets, including the Detroit News.
Justin Vaughn was quoted in an Associated Press article that ran in several media outlets, including the Detroit News. It was titled “Obama’s presidential legacy begins to take shape.” As Obama begins to talk about post-administration goals, Vaughn notes that the issues president’s choose to embrace out of office tend to stem from personal values or events that occurred during their administration.Read Detroit Free Press article: Obama’s presidential legacy begins to take shape here.
Original Source: The Update, Justin Vaughn, 5/7/2015
Boise State professor John Freemuth and his wife Sheri will present at the final Fettuccine Forum of the season at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m. The popular lecture series is free and open to the public.
Original Source: Fettuccine Forum: Freemuth on Preserving the Environment, The Update: 4/16/15
Jim Weatherby comments on Idaho’s “discrimination against particular denominations or religions” in the Idaho Statesman
Jim Weatherby, a political science professor emeritus at Boise State University, comments on Idaho’s “discrimination against particular denominations or religions” in an article regarding “Idaho’s history of religious fear” (Struyk). This article addresses a variety of topics including Mormon voting rights, Basque Catholic immigration, and Hindu Senate prayer.
Original Source: Idaho Statesman, 4/22/15
The Vice President, Laura Simic, comments on the changes that will be occurring as the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs dissolves into the new School of Public Service and College of Arts and Science. The new School of Public Service, with Corey Cook serving as its inaugural dean, “is made up of rich and diverse academic programs that will prepare students, public servants and leaders to think both regionally and globally in an interdependent world”
Original Source: From the Vice President, 4/21/15, New School of Public Service, WIIFM?
John Freemuth and his wife Sheri will present at the final Fettuccine Forum of the season on May 7th. Dr. John Freemuth is a professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University. His wife, Sheri Freemuth, is a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The speakers on this evening “will focus on the perceived divide between cultural and natural resource advocacy groups” (The Update).
Original Source: The Update, Fettuccine Forum: Freemuth on Preserving the Environment, 4/16/2015