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Book By Former Idaho Governor Aide Traces Change In GOP Politics To 1980

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem meets with Idaho Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Frank Church (left) in April 1980, along with ranking minority member Javits of New York (right). Church lost his reelection bid later that year.


Marc Johnson was a longtime aide to Idaho Democratic Governor Cecil Andrus. More recently, he’s spent his time researching and writing about political history in Idaho and beyond. His latest book is called “Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party."

Johnson spoke with Reader's Corner host Bob Kustra earlier this month. Kustra began by asking Johnson why he chose to focus on these four senate races in 1980, and what lessons we can apply from them today. 

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!