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New Idaho Group Aims To Counter Far-Right Politics

James Dawson
Boise State Public Radio

The far-right in Idaho is becoming mainstream. Groups like Ammon Bundy’s “People’s Rights” group have gained steam during the pandemic, using tactics including forcing their way into a special session of the legislature last August to protest COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, far-right lawmakers in the statehouse are getting the thumbs up from the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a libertarian lobbying group, for stalling K-12 teacher salaries due to concerns over critical race theory they say is being taught in classrooms.

Now, there’s a group that’s trying to mount a counter to these efforts. But in deep red Idaho where extreme voices are often the loudest, how successful can they be?

Idaho Matters speaks with The Idaho 97 Project Executive Director Mike Satz about the group's objectives. He's joined by Boise State University political scientist Jaclyn Kettler who shares perspective of where the group fits in the state's political landscape.

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!