The 2020 legislature in Idaho was certainly overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. What were the outcomes? What issues were left unadressed? Four respected pundits weighed in on the session, some hot-button issues and even shared a couple of limericks for levity. The discussion took place via Zoom meeting to respect social distancing and attendees asked questions via chat and e-mail.
Betsy Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state government and politics reporter for the Idaho Press, and also writes the “Eye on Boise” blog (and has since 2004). She is the current president of the Idaho Press Club, and is also president and a founding board member of Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG).
Boise State University Professor Jaclyn Kettler’s research focuses on American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics. Kettler earned her Ph.D. at Rice University and her BA at Baker University.
James Dawson serves as a reporter for Boise State Public Radio's award-winning news department. He's a proud University of Idaho graduate with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media.
Scott McIntosh is the Opinion page Editor for the Idaho Statesman after joining the Statesman in the summer of 2019. Prior to that Scott spent 13 years in Idaho journalism, first as owner/editor of the Kuna-Melba News and then with the Idaho Press. He is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communication.