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Honorary doctorate from BSU for human rights champion Shuler

Marylin Shuler, who received her master of public administration from Boise State in 1978 and led the Idaho Human Rights Commission from 1978 to 1998, will receive an honorary doctorate in the May 17 spring commencement ceremony. Shuler, 74, was

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Top NAACP official to speak Saturday about Idaho ‘Add the Words’ campaign

Marvin Randolph, the NAACP’s expert on voter turnout, will appear at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral Saturday to discuss the failed effort to add civil rights protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Randolph,

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Reacting to LeFavour’s hiding in closet, Idaho Senate suspends her floor privileges (w/photo)

After Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour spent more than five hours in an 11-by-4 closet just off the Senate floor, the Senate voted Wednesday to temporarily suspend her floor privileges. The change is only for the balance of the 2014 session,

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LeFavour raises hopes of Add the Words hearing, Bedke says she misunderstood

Add the Words organizer Nicole LeFavour told supporters early Thursday she had “amazing news.” House Speaker Scott Bedke “implied” the group will get a hearing before the Legislature’s adjournment, fulfilling the unrequited goal of an eight-year campaign to apply the

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Bracing for more arrests, Idaho lawmakers hope to limit disruption

With escalating tactics by “Add the Words” protesters aimed at delaying business in the Capitol, the Legislature’s top leaders say they hope to avoid disruption that might postpone their March 21 target for adjournment. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill,

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Otter: Add the Words protesters may be hurting ‘their own cause’ (w/audio)

Reacting to Tuesday morning’s blockade of his office, Gov. Butch Otter says gay rights advocates may be compromising highway safety and costing taxpayers by delaying the Legislature’s targeted March 21 adjournment. Otter said he understands the frustration of those who

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Gov. Batt says Idaho’s ‘disdain’ of gays hurts his family, urges ‘Add the Words’

Former Republican Gov. Phil Batt said Wednesday that Idaho’s “disdain” of gays has hurt his family — including his gay grandson — and pressed the Legislature to add civil rights protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. He also

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Agitated Otter confronted Idaho Statesman over gay rights coverage (w/audio)

Sunday’s three-page package exploring how the absence of civil rights protections for gays impacts business and Idaho’s image was sparked by Gov. Butch Otter’s challenging the assumption made in the Idaho Statesman’s Feb. 12 story that the Gem State has

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Former Gov. Batt: Time for Idaho to ‘Add the Words’

Advocates of extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians are getting a big boost from the author of the Idaho Human Rights Act, former Republican Gov. Phil Batt. Batt endorsed the “Add the Words ” campaign to add sexual

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Idaho ‘Add the Words’ campaign to get heard, but no bill and no vote

In deference to a request from Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the Senate and House State Affairs committees will meet Wednesday at 8 a.m. to hear an informational presentation on the effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to

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