Submitted by Dan Popkey on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 1:35pm, updated on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 2:05pm
Frederick Wiseman, the internationally acclaimed documentarian who made a movie about the Idaho Legislature, will receive the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Wiseman has produced, directed and edited 38 films, including "State Legislature," which chronicled the 2004 Idaho Legislature. The 3-1/2-hour film has no narration or subtitles, but features citizens, staff, lawmakers and reporters and their interactions.
Wiseman will collect his award during the News and Documentary Emmy Awards on September 27 in New York.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 10:36am, updated on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 1:00pm
Former Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward said Wednesday that his wife was not among 153 Fannie Mae employees who reportedly received favorable loans from Countrywide Financial.
Politico reported Tuesday on a congressional investigation that shows executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got cut-rate loans from Countrywide Financial in an effort to win favor with people in power.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 9:18am, updated on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 9:40am
Melissa Sue Robinson, the challenger to GOP Rep. Gary Collins of Nampa, says Idaho needs a state-owned bank to give low-interest loans to small business and startup companies that create at least 10 jobs. She calls for the bank to begin operations in January.
Robinson says the nation's only state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota, earned a record profit last year.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:27pm, updated on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:58pm
Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt will play his clarinet at Dunkley Music's 60th birthday party in Boise next week.
"I'll be playing some melodies like 'Cry Me a River' and 'Misty' and stuff like that," Batt said Tuesday. "I'll focus on old standard love songs."
The Republican has been frequenting Dunkley's for roughly 50 of its 60 years. "It's been my music store," Batt said. "When Dunkley's was born, I was 23 and I could play the 'Clarinet Polka.' But not any more."
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 10:31am
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden won the "Profile in Courage in Public Service Award" from the Conference of Western Attorneys General. The presentation was made Monday at the group's annual meeting in Santa Fe, N.M.
The award, made four times since 2000, recognizes an attorney general who has acted with courage and integrity to uphold the office of the attorney general, above and beyond the high standards always expected of its occupants, according to a news release from the group.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:21am
Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, is defending Idaho Rep. Phil Hart's claim of legislative immunity from civil process.
"Not only are Rep. Hart’s accusers in error, but the entire situation substantiates the very reason legislative immunity was written into the constitution in the first place…to prevent political persecution," writes Shea on the Sovereign Idaho blog.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 8:54am, updated on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:02am
One of Idaho's most active and connected bloggers says the Idaho Republican Party's endorsement of the repeal of direct election of U.S. senators is untimely and unwise.
In a posting Monday night, the anonymous blogger who often interviews top Republicans surveyed the history of the issue and included comments from Idaho elected officials. The posting concluded with this:
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 10:18am, updated on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 10:22am
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred begins a four-city town hall tour at 6:30 tonight at Sandpoint Community Center. He will appear Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.
Allred faces Republican Gov. Butch Otter in the Nov. 2 election. Allred is a first-time candidate; Otter has held statewide or congressional office without interruption since 1987.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 9:25am, updated on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 9:27am
Idahoans who backed Bronze Star recipient Vaughn Ward for Congress may be interested in a fundraising effort to air an ad supporting 19 other Iraq War vets running in 2010.
Iraq Veterans for Congress has produced a 60-second spot featuring 19 candidates in 16 states and is soliciting funds online to air the ad on television. The faces of the candidates -- 18 running for the U.S. House, one for U.S. Senate and one for lieutenant governor -- scroll across the screen during the ad.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 9:03am, updated on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:54am
Idaho's Dirk Kempthorne, President Bush's second secretary of the Interior, will join his predecessor and successor at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the role of the department in the Gulf spill.
Kempthorne resigned as Idaho's governor in May 2006, seven months before his second term as governor ended to become Interior secretary. He served until President Obama took office in January 2009.