Election Central

Live chat legislative recap Tuesday with Statesman’s Popkey, Kyle & Idaho Ed News’ Richert

My colleague Zach Kyle, business reporter extraordinaire, education expert Kevin Richert and I will take questions about the 2014 Legislature beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Head to the home page at IdahoStatesman.com and we’ll be there, virtually.

We hope to both inform and entertain. In his first session, Kyle’s reporting included following business issues and a profile of retiring House Business Committee Chairman Frank Henderson.

Richert is a former Statesman reporter and editorial page editor who now owns education coverage at Idaho Education News.

I completed my 26th session last week, following the tension between spending and taxes, rules reform, Add the Words protests, election-year drama, campaign finance, and fallout from last year’s health insurance exchange controversy. For the first time, I accurately predicted the Legislature’s adjournment date.

Kevin has an encyclopedic mind, graduated from Northwestern and still runs Robie Creek.

Zach sits next to me and is an interesting guy, though he seems a little weary today after Treefort revelry. He’s the son and brother of commercial fishermen in Bellingham, Wash.  Be there and maybe he’ll tell a fish tale if the chat slows down.

Below, from left, Kyle, me and Richert. I’m bigger because I’m too inept to shrink the photo.




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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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