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In addition to an extensive academic career with Idaho State University, Washington State University and Evergreen State College, Dr. Thomas "Les" Purce served in Pocatello as the first black mayor in Idaho.

Kelly Sikkema

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Location: The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd Floor

There’s little gray in the black-and-white world of political cartoonists. Bold and provocative, editorial cartoons engender in readers the deepest pleasure and the most passionate anger.

Where do ideas come from? What’s it like to be a political cartoonist in an age where reality sometimes seems to play as satire? And does that make the job easier or harder?

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In public opinion surveys, Idahoans consistently rank education as one of the most critical issues facing the state and its long-term health. Education is Idaho's top spending priority, accounting for more than 60 percent of the state's general fund budget.

Idaho's next governor will be judged, to large measure, on education policy.

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The growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids, is quickly becoming Idaho’s largest health crisis. As recently as 2015, abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed more than 17,500 people nationwide.

 

Idaho faces a growing crisis right at home. In 2014, 63 people in Idaho died of drug overdose, with 60 percent of those deaths attributed specifically to opioid abuse, according to state and federal data.

 

City Club has assembled an all-star panel for its annual legislative pundits forum:

  • Melissa Davlin, co-host, “Idaho Reports.”
  • Betsy Russell, Spokane Spokesman-Review.
  • William Spence, Lewiston Tribune.

 

Idaho politics can be complicated in even the best of times. But with the national state of political discourse defying norms and expectations every day, who knows what an election-year legislative session amidst a hotly contested governor's race could have in store?

 

Last February, City Club lost a beloved and active former member of the board, Marilyn Shuler. Marilyn gave a posthumous gift to the School of Public Service at Boise State University to create a Human Rights Initiative.

 

Dean Corey Cook forged the idea of creating a campus-based mechanism to help foster human rights education, unity, and effective advocacy skills among student and community members --something Marilyn did every day.

 

This forum was recorded on Wed the 8th of November, 2017

Tiny Houses seem to be all the rage these days. They even have their own TV shows. But, are all tiny homes the same? How are they constructed? Are they legal residences? Who lives in them? And why are they so popular now?

 

Idaho National Laboratory

This forum was recorded on Wed, October 11, 2017 in downtown Boise.  Listen below.

 

Idaho National Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Peters will address the City Club of Boise about the INL’s nuclear research, clean energy work and emerging mission to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

 

The lab, a staple of Eastern Idaho’s economy and identity, expects to see an expanded presence in Boise, with a cyber-security partnership with Boise State University, growing nuclear power research grants here and more.

 

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This forum was recorded in Downtown Boise on the 12th of September, 2017.

City Club of Boise's guest speakers for this forum include John Reusser, Director of Idaho Suicide Prevention hotline, and volunteer Jennie Rylee.

 

AP

Date: Thursday, August 3

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Location: The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor

Unusual times call for unusual actions. Such as a City Club summer political pundits forum!

 

Let’s face it. It’s been an uncommonly hectic few months on Capitol Hill, and it doesn’t look like things are likely to quiet down any time soon. And the 2018 Idaho elections are starting to get crowded, and a little bit chippy.

 

Jim Jones

This City Club of Boise Forum took place on Tuesday, June 27th and The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise.

Former Idaho Chief Justice, Jim Jones, shares his perspective on ways to treat the world’s ‘huddled masses’.

 

Jim Jones became acquainted with the plight of war victims --refugees and orphans -- during his tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army in 1968-69.

 

This forum was recorded on June 15, 2017 at the Student Union at Boise State University.

Chief Investment Officer Bob Maynard, and PERSI's team of investment managers discuss the global and national state of the economy, and take questions from the audienceduring the forum.

The face of cannabis – medical miracle or gateway drug?  Will it create crime or promote prosperity? Or something in-between?  In this City Club forum you will hear three very different points of view on the business of cannabis. Panelists, Shellie Nash-Huntington Chamber of Commerce, Bill Gardiner- ISP, and Wayne Hoffman- Idaho Freedom Foundation, will speak on the business of cannabis and what it might mean to Idaho.

Chair: Terri Ottens

Moderator: Kevin Richert

 

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Ada County’s three school districts will go to the polls March 14 with ballot measures. There’s a lot at stake, for classrooms and communities.
 

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