Ciao, baby! I’ll be away for four weeks

Out of gratitude to loyal readers who’ve become regular visitors to the Idaho Politics blog, I wish to beg your leave today.

I’m heading to Europe with my two kids, who are on their summer breaks from college. My Spanish-speaking son will lead the way in Spain, my Italian-speaking daughter in Italy. (In anticipation of the jokesters, yes, I know, I barely speak English!)

We’ll be in Madrid, Barcelona and Menorca in Spain; Lecce, Otranto, Venice and Ferrara in Italy. My daughter has been studying at the University of Ferrara on an exchange program.

I’m leaving my house, cat and garden in capable hands and hope to return to early potatoes, greens, carrots and tomato vines full of promising fruit.

Finally, I have an assignment I hope readers will enjoy upon my return. I’ll be covering the June 29 visit of Public TV’s “Antiques Roadshow” to Boise and the preparations necessary to produce the hit program. Look for my story in the June 30 Statesman.

Meanwhile, have a great Memorial Day and start of summer.



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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