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Michael Strickland

... "Now, Idaho Falls is a Republican stronghold, but even here, the tide may be turning. Check out d2's entry at 43rd State Blues about a conversation with the clerk at a local motel, who said:

"I think you're gonna have a good election this year. My mom's always voted Republican, and she's had enough. The last straw was when she found out that everything at the Republican convention last week seemed to focus on how to keep non-Republicans from voting. I mean, that's just wrong. Everyone's supposed to vote." ...

Many here is southeastern Idaho were shocked when the conservative slate got thumped in the last Idaho Falls election, by a much more moderate team. This is one of the points I have been mentioning in my Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) columns about the changing tide in Idaho politics.

Check out our politics blog at www.idahostatejournal.com.

This ain't your grandma's Idaho.



IdahoPTV DIALOGUE Discusses Proposed
University of Idaho Law School Expansion

— Airs Thursday, June 26, at 8:30/7:30 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, June 29, at 5:30/4:30 p.m. MT/PT

On this week’s edition of DIALOGUE, host Marcia Franklin talks with Don Burnett, the dean of the University of Idaho Law School. For nearly 100 years, the law school has resided solely in Moscow. The Idaho State Board of Education has authorized the school to proceed with an implementation plan for a Boise location. The expansion would increase the number of students at the school from 296 to 500, and would require additional private and public funding, including higher student fees and tuition.

Dean Burnett appears on Thursday’s live show (June 26, 8:30/7:30 p.m. MT/PT) to discuss the rationale for expanding the law school to Boise, as well as the proposed timeline and funding for the initiative. During the live call-in show on Thursday at 8:30/7:30 p.m. MT/PT, he and Franklin will take calls from viewers on a toll-free line: 1-800-973-9800.

Questions are also accepted through e-mail in advance of the Thursday show (dialogue@idahoptv.org) or through the DIALOGUE Web site (idahoptv.org/dialogue). (No call-ins are accepted on the high-definition [HD] TV airing at 9:30/8:30 p.m. MT/PT Thursday or the Sunday repeat at 5:30/4:30 p.m. MT/PT.)

Burnett, an Idaho native, has been dean of the law school since 2002. His legal career started in 1971, when he served as a clerk to the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Burnett was also an assistant attorney general for the state of Idaho before forming his own private practice in Pocatello. A former president of the Idaho State Bar, in 1982 he was appointed to the Idaho Court of Appeals. He won another term in 1986. In 1990, Burnett was chosen the dean of the law school at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, and at the U of I in 2002.

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