Samantha Wright

News Reporter/Show Producer

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and the host for Boise State Public Radio's new weekly podcast, "Legislative Breakdown".

Her spot reporting, special projects, and audio production have been featured on Voice of America, National Public Radio News, This American Life, National Native News, the Northwest Radio Network and on The New York Times website. Samantha earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound for her feature “Co-op Cooks.”  She also earned a first place award for Use of Sound for her feature “Canning Makes a Comeback” from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Samantha was a co-producer of the Idaho StoryCorps Project. The project was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

BOISE, Id – The new federal health care law says states need a health insurance exchange.  Supporters of a state-run exchange say without one, the federal government will step in and Idaho will become part of a national exchange.  Now one state lawmaker is offering a solution.

Representative Bob Nonini doesn’t like the idea of a state-run health insurance exchange.

Bob Nonini “I’m gonna say no, not just no, but heck no.”

Sen. Nonini
Idaho Legislature

BOISE, Id – The new federal health care law says states need a health insurance exchange.  Supporters of a state-run exchange say without one, the federal government will step in and Idaho will become part of a national exchange.  Now one state lawmaker is offering a solution.

Representative Bob Nonini doesn’t like the idea of a state-run health insurance exchange.

Bob Nonini “I’m gonna say no, not just no, but heck no.”

 

BOISE, ID – Idaho Senators want to make it illegal for people to drive and text at the same time. They approved a bill Tuesday that would do just that, although it would not apply to voice-operated or hands free devices.  Republican Senator Joyce Broadsword admitted that she’s driven and sent text messages at the same time:

BOISE, ID – Idaho Senators want to make it illegal for people to drive and text at the same time. They approved a bill Tuesday that would do just that, although it would not apply to voice-operated or hands free devices.  Republican Senator Joyce Broadsword admitted that she’s driven and sent text messages at the same time:

Repelling Bats

Feb 21, 2012

 

BOISE, ID – You’ve probably seen a gecko change colors.  Or maybe a praying mantis that blends into its surroundings to escape a predator.  Then there’s a skunk that will spray you when you get too close.  Animals have all sorts of ways to tell predators to back off.  But how do we know what they’re “really” saying?  Or how they started saying it?  Samantha Wright reports those are two questions an Idaho researcher is asking about moths and bats.

 

BOISE, Id – The Obama Administration stirred up a firestorm this month, when it issued a requirement that most employers had to include birth control in employee health insurance.  Some Catholics, and some Republicans, objected, on the grounds of religious freedom.  The President offered an alternative, where insurance companies, not faith-based institutions, will have to offer, and pay for, contraception.  That compromise was not enough for one Idaho lawmaker.

BOISE, Id – The Obama Administration stirred up a firestorm this month, when it issued a requirement that most employers had to include birth control in employee health insurance.  Some Catholics, and some Republicans, objected, on the grounds of religious freedom.  The President offered an alternative, where insurance companies, not faith-based institutions, will have to offer, and pay for, contraception.  That compromise was not enough for one Idaho lawmaker.

 

BOISE, ID – Last week, lawmakers on the Senate State Affairs Committee soundly opposed a move to make it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in Idaho. Lawmakers on the committee did not debate the legislation and they didn’t hold a public hearing.  Thursday, one Democrat tried to open up the debate one more time.

 

BOISE, Id – An Idaho lawmaker wants to form a new committee to oversee Idaho’s compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Republican Representative Janice McGeachin introduced the bill Thursday, calling it a Health Care Reform Oversight Committee.

Janice McGeachin “This is a committee that would provide oversight and make recommendations to the legislature as a whole on whether we wish to specifically authorize or prohibit the state’s compliance with or participation in federal health care reform.”

 

BOISE, Id – The Legislature’s budget committee set a spending target today which lawmakers will use as a guide when slicing up Idaho’s budget pie.  The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee had two options.  Budget from Governor Butch Otter’s recommendation of two point seven billion dollars, or go with a figure that was 33-million dollars lower.  Democrats, including Boise’s Nicole LeFavour, favored the Governor’s number.

 

State employees may get a raise in the next fiscal year.  Budget lawmakers decided today to give all state workers, except teachers, a two-percent raise.  The Governor had wanted to give state employees a one-time bonus, if state revenue stayed strong.  Republican Senator Dean Mortimer argued in favor of a one-time bonus, not an on-going raise.

 

BOISE, Id – The Idaho House has voted to evict Occupy Boise protesters from their encampment next to the Idaho Statehouse.  The group pitched their tents on state land last November.

Republican Scott Bedke supports the measure:

Scott Bedke “This bill closes a loophole, this is exactly the same language that is in the city of Boise ordinance and this bill will be applied uniformly into the future.”

House Minority Leader John Rusche disagreed saying it was a poke in the eye for protestors.

 

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd today in Boise.  He spoke at Guerdon Enterprises, a modular building company on Federal Way.  He covered a list of topics, from the Keystone Pipeline and military spending, to personal freedom and the national debt :

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd today in Boise.  He spoke at Guerdon Enterprises, a modular building company on Federal Way.  He covered a list of topics, from the Keystone Pipeline and military spending, to personal freedom and the national debt :

BOISE, Id – The Idaho House has voted to evict Occupy Boise protesters from their encampment next to the Idaho Statehouse.  The group pitched their tents on state land last November.

Republican Scott Bedke supports the measure:

Scott Bedke “This bill closes a loophole, this is exactly the same language that is in the city of Boise ordinance and this bill will be applied uniformly into the future.”

House Minority Leader John Rusche disagreed saying it was a poke in the eye for protestors.

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