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  The City Club of Boise celebrated Elinor Chehey and the many contributions to vibrant political discussion in Idaho. Elinor is an avid community volunteer, church leader, and longtime head of the Idaho League of Women Voters.


This is an encore presentation.

There is much to fear in the dark corners of cyberspace. From well-covered stories like the Stuxnet attack which helped slow Iran’s nuclear program, to lesser-known tales like EternalBlue, the 2017 cyber battle that closed hospitals in Britain and froze shipping crates in Germany in midair, we have entered an age in which online threats carry real-world consequences.

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A voting machine company based in the Mountain West has become the center of an unfounded conspiracy theory propagated by the president intended to shed doubt on the presidential election.

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Here on Idaho Matters and Boise State Public Radio, we’ve been hearing from young people voting in their first general election; young people who were born in the U.S and were automatically eligible to vote once they came of age.

But what about the perspectives of new Americans? What is it like to vote in your new country during an election when so many Americans who were born here feel anxious about our democracy? 


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Is it possible to teach Idaho students about the 2020 election without letting partisanship slip into the classroom?

If the rest of 2020 is any indication, Election Day 2020 is going to be a wild ride. Information — and mis-information — will be flying fast on traditional and social media. Reports and rumors from across the country are bound to stoke uncertainty and concern. It has never been more important to know what to look for, where to look for it, and how to parse all the information coming at you.


  We’re just hours away from election day 2020. One big question that will be answered once the votes are tallied: could 2020 be the year when young voters break turnout records, and possibly swing the election one way or another? 

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With the election just 11 days away, many Idahoans are choosing to vote early or fill out an absentee ballot at home. 

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Concerns about voting privacy come around every election cycle, but for some, keeping their information confidential is a matter of personal safety.


Idaho native Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor, author, and historian addressed the City Club of Boise for  the 3rd Annual Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Forum.

Supreme Inequality is a revelatory examination of the conservative direction of the Supreme Court over the last fifty years.  Contrary to what Americans would like to believe, the Court does surprisingly little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. 

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Grassroots voter engagement organization What the Vote Idaho was started by friends Chris Stokes and Nancy Viano. They wanted to figure out how to get high school and college students to vote. They've registered 5,200 young people in advance of the November 3 election.

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In 1964, an assurance of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” was extended to Black America. 56 years have passed awaiting this to become a reality. Having allotted enough time for discussion,  it is time for palpable action. To be sure, housing, economics, jobs, education, and more play a significant role in the racism we see today. Today, millions of people are marching not because of those issues, but rather the issue of continued racist policing practices across the country.


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One of the effects of coronavirus is extreme uncertainty about the upcoming elections. Idaho will be conducting its May 19 primary entirely by mail, but what about getting people to vote? Especially young people, who will make up 40% of the voting population by November? 

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In 2017, only 20.3% of registered voters cast their ballot in Nampa’s mayoral election. This year, Conservation Voters for Idaho is providing bilingual information about the importance of voting in local elections.


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How do you inspire a younger generation to vote? One project wants to get more 18- to 25-year-olds to register and vote in upcoming elections. One way to reach potential young voters is to register students to vote in high school and college. Two "What The Vote!" organizers join Idaho Matters.

  • DACA students and Idaho scholarships.
  • Inspiring younger voters.
  • A female Julius Caesar.
  • Why are there counties and cities with the same name but the city is not in the county?

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Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers tried – and failed – to change Idaho’s Constitution to give their party the upper hand when it comes to the redistricting process. That amendment seems likely to come back next year. The GOP is also embracing a plan that would simply add more lawmakers to the state legislature. Gemma Gaudette goes in-depth with Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson.

Canyon County Voters Resoundingly Reject Jail Bond

May 22, 2019
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Voters in Canyon County went to the polls Tuesday and overwhelmingly rejected a bond initiative that would’ve funded a new jail.

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The Idaho Legislature is one week closer to going home, but the specific date is still uncertain. Many of the budget bills have passed out of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, known as J-FAC, and through the House and Senate. But some policy bills are slowing down the session.

Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief tells Samantha Wright lawmakers are a little cranky.