I'll be making my annual appearance at the City Club of Boise Jan. 9, the third day of the 2013 Legislative session, which Gov. Butch Otter recently joked would last just 60 days. (That unlikely scenario would be the shortest session since 1970, which ran 55 days).
I'll be joined in opining on the Legislature and taking questions by John Miller of the Associated Press and Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review and the "Eye on Boise" blog.
For some reason, this event often sells out at the Grove Hotel. So, the City Club has moved us to the Boise Centre, hoping to accommodate a larger crowd. Tickets are $18 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students. Those choosing to take a pass on lunch can get a seat at the back for $5. Be there or be square.
Here's today's news release from City Club:
City Club Forum
What's in Store for the 2013 Idaho Legislature?
Betsy Russell, Dan Popkey, John Miller
Wednesday, January 9, 2012
11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
BOISE CENTRE ON THE GROVE
What will lawmakers do now that voters have rejected education reforms passed by the Idaho Legislature? How might the Legislature change, now that Republican House members have rejected their three-term speaker? Will legislators reject or accept recommendations to create a state health insurance exchange and expand medical care for low-income Idahoans? Will lawmakers provide - and pay for - tax cuts for businesses? And how will the Legislature be different with a new speaker and the largest freshman class in legislative history?
Three of Idaho's most seasoned journalists will offer their best guess on what's ahead for the 2013 Legislature, and then take questions from the audience. City Club's annual "pundits forum" is reliably one of our most popular, best-attended forums of the year, so register early!
Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief for The Spokesman-Review and writes the "Eye on Boise" blog. She is president of the Idaho Press Club and Idahoans for Openness in Government. She is married with two children and an avid skier and windsurfer.
Dan Popkey, the Idaho Statesman's political reporter and columnist, has covered the Legislature since 1987. His children, Challis and Nick, are students at the University of Oregon and Pitzer College, respectively.
John Miller has been covering Idaho and the Legislature for The Associated Press since he arrived in Boise in 2004; his two daughters are 18 months and 4½ years old.
Forum Chair: Sue Reents
Forum Moderator: Jim Weatherby
Registration Deadline - Monday, January 7 at noon
You can register ONLINE by credit card or MAIL your check or money order to
City Club of Boise, Post Office Box 6521, Boise, ID 83707 by noon two business days in advance of the forum.
Table Sponsorships Available
Table Sponsor: $250
Includes preferred table placement, your name on the table, 10 lunches and
recognition from the podium. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-371-2221 to reserve your table for this Forum.
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