Host Gregory Hahn is also a local news editor at the Idaho Statesman, overseeing political and state government coverage, environmental issues and breaking news. He covered the Idaho Legislature for about a decade, first for the Twin Falls Times-News and then for the Statesman, appearing regularly as a panelist on Idaho Reports. He has reported stories from Burley to Baghdad, but had the most fun covering Idaho athletes and fans at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He studied anthropology and film at the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University.
Betsy Z. Russell works as reporter for The Spokesman-Review. In that position, Russell covers Idaho news from the newspaper's bureau in Boise. Her "Eye on Boise" blog offers up-to-the-minute news and happenings from the state capital.
Dr. Jim Weatherby is a Boise State University emeritus professor and a political analyst. He served as Director of the BSU Public Affairs Program and later as Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Weatherby has been interviewed by most of the print and broadcast media in Idaho and by most of the major daily newspapers in the United. He is co-author of The Urban West: Managing Growth and Decline and Governing Idaho: Politics, People, and Power. Weatherby has also written numerous manuals on state and local government and conducted workshops for state and local officials for over thrity-five years. He is a former executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities and served on the faculty at the University of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University. Dr. Weatherby serves on the board of directors of the City Club of Boise, the Idaho Tax Foundation, and Sage Community Resources, Inc. His wife, Dana, is the former Director of Legal Education for the Idaho State Bar and Associate Director of the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. They enjoy their daughter, son, and daughter-in-law who live in Boise.
David Adler became the director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research in August 2010. Prior to that, he served as director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and professor of political science at Idaho State University, where he taught courses on the constitution, the presidency and the Bill of Rights.
A recipient of teaching, civic and writing awards, Adler has published in the leading journals of his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the constitution and presidential power, including talks at some 30 colleges and universities. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, essays and book chapters. Adler's books include: American Constitutional Law; The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy; The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy; and The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties. He also is the author of two forthcoming books: The Steel Seizure Case; Presidential Power and Foreign Affairs: The Legacy of Curtiss-Wright, and The Constitution and Presidential Power.
Anne Wallace Allen writes about health, education and the mining industry for Idaho Business Review. She started working in daily journalism in 1994 with the Associated Press and has been covering Idaho news since 2005. Anne was born in Australia and has worked in England, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. She studied English at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and received a master's in public policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Scott Bedke is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives. Bedke has served in the Idaho House since 2000. He was re-elected in November of 2010 and currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader. In addition to being a representative, Bedke is also a rancher. He is married to Sarah Bedke and resides in Oakley, Idaho.
Maxine Bell is a graduate of Jerome High School. Bell went on to attend school at the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University. She is a retired school librarian/farmer and she and her husband H. Jack have one child, Jeff, and three grandchildren.
Dean Cameron is a graduate of Meridian High School. Sen. Cameron went on to earn an Associate Degree in Arts and Science, majoring in political science, from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). He is co-owner of Cameron & Seamons, Inc., and involved in the National Association of Health Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce, and the Rupert Rotary Club. He and his wife, Linda Lanovara, have three children: Carissa, Laci, and Nathan.
Clark Corbin covers the Legislature for the Idaho Falls Post Register, where he has worked for the past five years. Corbin has covered a variety of beats for the newspaper, including city government, elections, the economy, outdoor recreation and the arts. He grew up near Kansas City, Kan., and studied journalism at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. The 2011 session marks his first year covering the Idaho Legislature.
Lawerence Denney is currently serving his ninth session (15th year) as a legislator and his fourth session as Speaker. He was the Majority Leader for four years and also served as Assistant Majority Leader for four years. He was originally elected to the House in 1990.
Born and raised in the 'tiny' town of Midvale (as once reported by the Idaho Statesman), Denney graduated from Midvale High School in 1966. In 1970 he graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Agricultural Economics. He is a retired farmer, but says that once a farmer always a farmer. Denney currently is employed at Midvale Telephone. He is married to Donna; they have four children and six grandchildren. Denney's hobbies are first and foremost enjoying his family.
Russ Fulcher is a fourth-generation native Idahoan from Meridian. He is happily married to his wife Kara and proud father of three children: Meghan, Benjamin, and Nicole.
Fulcher is currently serving his third term in the Idaho Senate, and was recently selected by his peers for a leadership role as Majority Caucus Chairman of the Idaho State Senate. When not attending to legislative duties, Fulcher works in the commercial real estate business. Prior to that, he logged 24 years in Idaho's technology industry, focusing much of that time on international business. Fulcher holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in business from Boise State University, and obtained Electronic Engineering training through courses at Micron Technology.
John Goedde received a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. He is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Commerce & Human Resources Committee. This is Goedde's 6th term in the Idaho Senate.
Prior to being elected to the Idaho State Senate, Goedde was an independent insurance agent, and a former trustee in School District #271. Goedde and his wife Terri have one child, Brian.
Brent Hill is a certified public accountant and certified financial planner with over 30 years experience working with business and agriculture. Born and raised in Idaho, he attended Sugar-Salem Schools and graduated valedictorian from Madison High School. He served more than 20 years as the chief executive officer of Rudd & Company CPA firm with offices in Rexburg, Idaho Falls and Driggs, Idaho; Bozeman and West Yellowstone, Montana. He is also a member of the board of directors of Citizens Community Bank with offices throughout Eastern Idaho.
Hill married Julie Ann Slaugh and they have four sons: Justin, Ritchie, Michael and Kevin; as well as 14 grandchildren.
Vickie Holbrook is the managing editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. Vickie has worked at the Idaho Press-Tribune for 31 years, starting as a reporter. She was named editor in 1996.
Wendy Jaquet represents Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Lincoln counties. First elected in 1994, Jaquet came to the statehouse as the executive director of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce. Jaquet served as the House Minority Leader for ten years before stepping down and going on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the Environment, Energy and Technology and Judiciary and Rules Committee. Wendy lives in Ketchum with her husband Jim and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren.
For more than 30 years, Marc Johnson helped shape public policy and counseled clients on public policy in Idaho and the Northwest. Johnson has developed public affairs and communications strategies and helped solve problems for clients in higher education and the timber, mining, healthcare and energy industries, among others. He is a frequent author of newspaper and magazine pieces on political and public policy and is regularly called up to comment on public policy, the media and political history.
Johnson helped engineer Governor Cecil D. Andrus' return to Idaho elective politics and served as both press secretary and chief of staff to Idaho's only four-term governor. He helped Idaho's largest hospital system secure public support at the polls for a major hospital merger, has counseled the President of the University of Idaho on public affairs and media strategy, advised the state court system on public outreach, and helped site projects including energy facilities and a new mine, as well as preserve a pristine spot where Lewis and Clark camped in Idaho.
Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and is a member of the Crisis Communication and Litigation Support practice group. He is a partner in the Boise office of Gallatin Public Affairs. He considers "news, politics, history, the media and more" on his blog, "The Johnson Post."
Shawn Keough has been a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate since 1996. She currently serves as vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Senate Transportation Committee.
Keough was born in New Jersey. She attended North Idaho College, and then studied business management at Lewis Clark State College. She lives in Kootenai and has two children with her husband Mike. Keogh has served as the executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors since 2000. She is a member of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and a member of Idaho Women in Timber.
Kent Kunz was born in Pocatello, Idaho where he attended public school and Idaho State University, earning a degree in Political Science. Following graduation, he was employed in the 2nd Congressional District office for a short period before beginning a railroad career. Kent was employed by Union Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer until his retirement in 2005.
After years of local political activity, Kent was elected to the Idaho State House of Representatives in 1996. He served three terms in the Idaho House and was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee from 2000 to 2002. In January of 2003, Kent was appointed to the staff of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, where he served as Legislative Director. In July of 2006 Kent was appointed Director of Government Relations for Idaho State University.
Kent and his wife Kitty have been married for 37 years and have four grown children and eleven grandchildren. Kitty worked for Congressman Mike Simpson for seven years and is now an aide to Congressman Raul Labrador.
Dennis Lake was born in Rigby, Idaho. After graduating from Rigby High School he received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. Lake is a retired cattle rancher and is married to Luann Lake. They have four children and reside in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Nicole LeFavour grew up in rural central Idaho and has worked for many years as a writing teacher for at risk youth in Boise classrooms. She has been elected twice to the Idaho Legislature and currently represents Boise's North End, East End, Downtown and Foothills. She works hard to improve public transportation and to preserve farm lands and open space and to make sure Idaho's rampant growth pays for itself. She is dedicated to protecting Idaho families and small businesses from tax shifts, air and water pollution and increases in the cost of medical care and insurance. She strives to create policies which will lead to greater energy independence and security for Idaho.
Patti Anne Lodge was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She received a B.A. in History/Secondary Education from Marylhurst University. Lodge is the chair of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee; she is also a member of the Commerce & Human Resources and Judiciary & Rules Committees. Prior to serving in the legislature, Lodge was an educator in the Idaho public school system.
Lodge has held many local and state leadership positions in the Republican Party, as well as leadership positions in her community. She feels it is an honor to work for the citizens of Canyon County. She is a full-time senator and has no personal agenda except the interests of Canyon County residents. Her mission is to always be mindful that hard working people pay the taxes that government depends upon. By working together we can lessen the negative effect of heavy taxation in our lives.
Lodge is married to Edward J. Lodge and together they have three adult children who were born and raised in Canyon County. She and her husband live in rural Canyon County where they raise Hereford cattle, Quarter Horses, Manx Cats and German Sheppard Dogs. The western way of life brings joy to their busy lives.
Janice McGeachin graduated from the University of Arizona in the winter of 1985 with a B.S. in Business Administration in Finance/Accounting. She is chair of the House Health & Welfare Committee; she is also a member of the State Affairs Committee.
In 2005, along with several of her colleagues, McGeachin helped to establish the Fiscal Policy Caucus (FPC). The FPC is committed to the principles of less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and accountable government and sought to educate House members on fiscal policy issues.
McGeachin is married to Jim McGeachin, who was born and raised in Idaho Falls. They have been married for 21 years and have two children, Liza, who is a student at the University of Idaho, and James, a student at Skyline High School. She enjoys spending time with her kids and feels fortunate to be involved in their lives. She and her husband own and operate three automotive businesses including retail, wholesale, and manufacturing.
John McGee, the youngest member of the Senate, serves the citizens of Caldwell, Greenleaf and Wilder in the Idaho State Legislature. McGee is a strong advocate for improving Idaho's roads and bridges and growing a strong economy in Idaho by focusing on opportunities to grow and diversify both small and large business development.
Senator McGee currently serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and is a member of the State Affairs Committee and the Local Government & Taxation committee.
A life-long resident of Caldwell, Senator McGee is a graduate of Vallivue High School and received a BA in History from the College of Idaho. McGee and his wife, Hanna, live in Caldwell with their daughter, Madalyn.
John Miller covers the Idaho Legislature and state government for The Associated Press. He's worked at the Capitol since 2004.
Ken Miller is the Clean Energy Program director for the Snake River Alliance (Alliance). Miller joined the Alliance in May 2007 to fill the newly created clean energy position. Prior to joining the Alliance, Miller represented the Seattle-based NW Energy Coalition as its Idaho energy advocate, working on sustainable energy policies and coordinating clean-energy advocacy in Idaho. Miller participated in the Idaho Energy Plan process, as well as ion campaigns in 2005-2007 to combat the construction of fossil fuel power plants in Idaho and also the purchase by Idaho utilities of out-of-state fossil fuel energy.
Gary Moncrief is professor of Political Science at Boise State University. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He is a frequent speaker at meetings of the Council of State Governments, the Western Legislative Academy, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Idaho State Legislature's Freshman Orientation events.
Brian Murphy is the Idaho Statesman's lead legislative writer. He is responsible for daily coverage at the Capitol and focuses on budget issues and the Treasure Valley delegation. Brian has more than four years of experience at the Statesman in his role as sports columnist. Brian has authored two books on the Boise State football team. He joined the Statesman in Dec. 2005 and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bruce Newcomb served 10 terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, including three terms as Majority Leader and four terms as Speaker of the House. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Boise State University. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious William M. Bulger Award for Excellence in Leadership by a coalition of national legislative organizations.
Martin Orr earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Oregon. His dissertation documented the effects of the civil rights movement upon the development of sociological theories of race and ethnicity.
He has continued to explore the historical and political context of theories of society, and has also published on the anti-globalization movement, on the media, and on the social ramifications of peak oil.
Gov. Butch Otter was elected governor of Idaho on November 7, 2006. He previously served three terms in Congress representing Idaho's 1st District (2000-2006). Governor Otter is a father of four and grandfather of five. He is married to the former Lori Easley. They live on their ranch near Star.
Governor Otter was born in Caldwell on May 3, 1942. He graduated from St. Teresa's Academy (now Bishop Kelly High School) in Boise, attended Boise Junior College (now Boise State University), and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Idaho in 1967.
He served honorably in the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Armored Cavalry from 1968 to 1973, and later was awarded honorary doctorates from Mindanao State University in the Philippines and Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell.
Governor Otter's 30-year career in business included membership on the Board of Directors of the J.R. Simplot Company. He also served as Director of the Food Products Division, President of Simplot Livestock, and President of Simplot International. He retired in 1993.
Christy Perry is serving as a freshman legislator in the House of Representatives after beating a two-term incumbent in the recent elections. Perry grew up and graduated from Middleton High School. She recently received her BA in political science from Boise State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Perry is currently earning her master's degree in public administration from Boise State University as well.
Perry is married to her husband Matt and they have three children and two grandchildren. Her oldest son is currently serving in Iraq with the 116th Division.
Perry and her husband own and operate the Buckhorn Gun Shop in Boise. She is interested in education, sportsmen's rights, small business, and working to cut down on fraud in our Idaho public benefits system.
Marty Peterson was born in Lewiston, Idaho, and has spent 46 years in public service in Idaho. He is a graduate of Columbia Basin College, the University of Idaho, and Harvard University's Senior Managers in Government Program. His career has included serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Frank Church; executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities; budget director of the State of Idaho under Governors John V. Evans and Cecil Andrus; and planning and directing Idaho's statehood centennial celebration in 1990. He is Special Assistant to the President of the University of Idaho under seven presidents. In April he will celebrate 50 years of public service in Idaho.
Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work at The Idaho Statesman as a police reporter. In 1986, he covered Boise City Hall during then-Mayor Dirk Kempthorne's first year in office. Later assignments included state government, politics and the Idaho Legislature. In 1994, he became a political columnist. He has covered 19 sessions of the Legislature as a reporter or columnist. He appears Monday afternoons on KBOI radio.
In 2007, Dan led the Statesman's coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig scandal. The Statesman's reporting was recognized as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the five-state Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for his coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. In 2001, with the help of the Log Cabin Literary Center, Dan helped start the "Read the Same Book" program, which is now called the "The Big Read." Dan lives in Boise with his two children, Challis, 16, and Nicholas, 14. He announces home games for Challis' basketball team, the Borah Lions, and follows Nick's exploits on the football field and wrestling mat.
John Rusche was born in Wisconsin, attended Notre Dame for college and Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. There he met and married Kay. Internship and residency at the University of Arizona followed. Drs. John and Kay Rusche started practice at Valley Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho in 1980. In 1995, Dr. John moved to BlueShield of Idaho (now Regence) as Medical Director. After working there 11 years, he retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Regence BlueShield of Idaho and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah.
Drs. John and Kay Rusche started practice at Valley Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho in 1980. In 1995, Dr. John moved to BlueShield of Idaho (now Regence) as Medical Director. After working there 11 years, he retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Regence BlueShield of Idaho and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah.
John has been a strong supporter of the community with participation in the United Way, Lewis-Clark State College Artist Series, Northwest Children's Home, and CASA (Court Appointed Child Advocates). He has served as the chief of staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and secretary-treasurer of the Idaho Pediatrics Society. In 1991 he was awarded the Pediatric Society "Shaker and Mover" award for child advocacy and governmental activities. The 2004 campaign was Rusche's initiation into electoral politics. He is House Minority Leader and serves on the Idaho House Health and Welfare and Business Committees.
Dan Schmidt is a first-term Democratic senator from Lewiston, Idaho. He is a physician, businessman, husband and father of four daughters. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine where he received his MD and the Ted Phillips Award as the top graduate in family medicine.
Senator Schmidt is a member of the Agricultural Affairs Committee, Commerce & Human Resources Committee and Health & Welfare Committee.
An Idaho resident for 25 years, Michelle Stennett spent her childhood in a dairy farming community in Wisconsin. Her rural roots brought her to central Idaho where she met and married Clint Stennett, who was raised in southern Idaho.
Stennett's professional background has drawn on all aspects of her degrees in international studies and Latin languages with a minor in business. Through her work in advertising sales for the family's television company operating two channels in south central Idaho, Stennett experienced firsthand the marketing and budgeting challenges faced by business owners in rural districts. She worked five years in flight operations with Horizon Air and the fixed-base operator, Sun Valley Aviation, servicing private aircraft. Stennett worked both abroad and at home in Idaho for aid and philanthropic organizations implementing community based solutions on issues such as clean water, grazing, and sanitation.
Through her nonprofit work, Stennett has gained an understanding and respect for the strengths and cultures of ranch and farm communities. She strives to protect agricultural and ranching heritages in local communities while preserving our clean air and water. She knows how valuable wildlife, open spaces and pristine lands are to our quality of life and to the state's economy. In her free time, Stennett enjoys Idaho's outdoors, fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding.
Tom Stuart was appointed to the Idaho Redistricting Commission after the 2000 census and served as co-chair of the Commission. He is a retired Air Force officer and businessman. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has done graduate work at Boise State University. He is a 40-year resident of Idaho, and is known for his river conservation work in Idaho and the Northwest.
Stuart has been an Idaho Rivers United (IRU) member since 1991, and served as IRU Board President from 1994-2000. He retired in 1997 from the U.S. Air Force and the Idaho Air National Guard as an aviator, flight instructor, and human resources officer. For many years, he owned and operated a rental cabin business on the banks of the Salmon River in Stanley.
Stuart is a lifelong fisherman, dedicated to protecting rivers that remain healthy, and restoring rivers and fisheries that have been damaged, particularly Idaho's Salmon River. He has worked on salmon and steelhead recovery since 1990 in local, state, regional, and national venues, and actively continues that work for IRU today. His home is in Boise, although summer months find him in Stanley and McCall much of the time with family.
Corey Taule has reported and managed the editorial section for the Idaho Falls Post Register since May 2009. Before working for the Post Register he was a political reporter, covering seven sessions of the Idaho Legislature. Corey lives in Idaho Falls, he is married and the father of two. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in journalism.
Mitch Toryanski represents District 18 in the Idaho State Senate which includes Southeast and Southwest Boise. Prior to his election, he served as deputy attorney general, Ada county deputy prosecutor, inspector general of the Idaho National Guard and commander of the 204th Regimental Training Institute which is Idaho's branch of The Army School System. He worked in the private sector as marketing director and general counsel for Beacon Light Products, Inc. and managing partner of Toryanski Law Group. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, and a Juris Doctorate from The American University. Toryanski has been married to Kim Wherry Toryanski for 17 years. They have three children who attend Boise public schools.
Chuck Winder was born in Ontario, Oregon. He has been a Republican member of the Idaho Senate since 2008 and represents the 14th District. He is a member of the Senate's transportation and education committees and serves as co-chairman of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force.
Winder attended the College of Idaho where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served for four years on active duty as a Naval Aviator and for eight years on inactive reserve.
Senator Winder is married to Dianne and is a father of two. In May 1979, he left his position in corporate real estate at Morrison Knudsen to start a consulting entity of his own, Winder Development Services. In 1980 Chuck and Diane formed Winder Realty Company, one of Idaho's first exclusively commercial real estate brokerages. In June of 2008 The Winder Company was acquired by Lee & Associates Idaho, Inc. Chuck is currently Principal Owner and the President of Lee & Associates Idaho, Inc.
Dr. Stephanie Witt is chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Witt is director of the Public Policy Center, and the Social Science Research Center at Boise State University. She is also director of the MPA Internship Program and a professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Witt began her career at Boise State in 1989 as a political science professor, after receiving her doctorate from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She chaired the Political Science Department for six years, has served as interim associate dean for the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, and was associate vice president for Academic Affairs for nearly six years.
Fred Wood was born in Washington, DC in 1945. He is married to Amy and together they have four children. Wood received a bachelor's degree in biology from Tulane University in 1968. He received his medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine in 1972. Wood moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1973 and served in the US Air Force Medical Corp. from 1973-1976.
Wood moved to Burley, ID in 1977 and practiced family medicine there until 1988. In 1988, with two of his partners, Wood established an emergency medicine service at Cassia Regional Medical Center. He retired from the practice of emergency medicine in 2005. Wood has been medical director for Cassia Regional Medical Center since 2006.
Wood has been involved in public service in difference capacities that reflect his personal interests. He served on the Cassia Regional Medical Center Hospital Governing Board from 1982 to 1996. Wood was appointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in 1996 and reappointed in 2000. From 2006 to present, Wood has served as representative from Idaho's Legislative District 27. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee, the House Resources & Conservation Committee, and the House Health & Welfare Committee.