Idaho Reports: Gov. Butch Otter tackles a looming physician shortage, but will it be enough?

On tonight's show, we spend some time with some medical residents and new rural doctors -- and the physicians who train them -- to explore some of the issues Gov. Butch Otter addressed in his State of the State speech.

Otter wants to expand Idaho's seats at the University of Washington med school to 25 from 20, and help pay for the rural rotations of doctors training for three years at Boise's VA Medical Center. We'll have Boise State Public Radio StateImpact reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders on with the pundits to find out just how severe this physician shortage really is.

Plus, I'll sit down with Democratic leaders to get their reaction to Otter's speech. We'll start a series of one-on-one interviews with the new House freshmen who will undoubtedly have a major influence this year and for years to come, and EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz will walk us through the coming battle over nuclear waste.

And we'll bring back one of my favorite segments - the Idaho Statesman photos of the week. This time around we'll have Joe Jaszewski's photos of the State of the State speech, and Katherine Jones' moving pictures from former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson's wake and memorial service.

As always, Betsy Russell from the Spokesman-Review and longtime political analyst Jim Weatherby will be on hand to make sense of it all.

We're going to have a hard time squeezing it all into an hour...

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Why should Butch care? His medical care is free.

People don't go to the doctor in Idaho. They are too busy working 3 minimum wage jobs. If people get sick here they can just let disease take it's course. See, the way we manage people and the peoples affairs in this state is the way we manage our cattle.

Cattle have more value

If you can't afford to take care of yourself in Idaho, you're expendable.