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Andrus Center lunch lineup: Davis, Bedke, Stennett, Rusche

At its new downtown digs, the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State is launching “Politics for Lunch,” a lecture series beginning Jan. 14 and running through April.

The first four speakers booked are Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls (Jan. 14), House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley (Jan. 21), Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum (Jan. 28), and House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston (Feb. 4).

Lunch is $10 and will be served at 11:30 a.m. at 301 Capitol Blvd., in BoDo. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 426-3784 or emailing Cathe Scott at cathescott@boisestate.edu.

A news release from the Andrus Center follows:

Andrus Center Announces New “Politics for Lunch” Program to Promote Civic Engagement

Boise, Idaho – January – April, 2014 – “Politics for Lunch” is the newest lecture series to be offered by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Featuring local, state and national politicians in a casual lunch setting, this series promises
to deliver balanced, insightful presentations and discussions on the issues that challenge Idaho, the West and the nation. The series will run from January through April of 2014.

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis will kick off the series January 14 with commentary and insights on the forthcoming legislative session. Then on January 21, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke will continue the series with his own perspective on the session. Senate Minority Leader, Michelle Stennett and House Minority Leader, John Rusche will follow on January 28 and February 4, respectively. Eight lunches are planned with additional speakers to be announced as schedules are confirmed.

“Politics for Lunch” will be held at the Andrus Center in BoDo, 301 S Capitol. The public is invited. Lunch, which is served at 11:30, costs $10. Speakers are scheduled to appear just after noon. Space is limited and reservations
are required. Reserve your space through the Andrus Center at 426-3784 or cathescott@boisestate.edu.

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About the Andrus Center for Public Policy

Governor Cecil Andrus founded the Andrus Center for Public Policy upon his retirement from public office in 1995.

He currently serves as the Center’s volunteer chairman. The Center is dedicated to independent, non-partisan policy formation and analysis on critical issues confronting Idaho, the American West and the United States.

Programs include Civic Education, Human Rights, Conservation and Natural Resource Policy, Annual Leadership Award, Women’s Rights and the Andrus Center Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs. The Andrus Center for Public Policy is a nonprofit organization.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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