Why do cities spend scarce resources lobbying the federal government?

Why do cities spend scarce resources lobbying the federal government?

The hierarchy of U.S. government provides various pathways for local representation. Nevertheless, cities regularly invest in paid representation. This presents a puzzle for American democracy. Why do cities lobby, and do they lobby strategically? We quantify for the first time the extent of this phenomenon and examine its determinants using new data on 498 cities across forty-five states from 1998 to 2008. We find that economic distress pushes cities to lobby, but does not impact expenditures. Cities in competitive congressional districts, and therefore crucial to national politics, spend more on lobbying.
The above abstract is from an article published in the March issue of the Political Research Quarterly by Jaclyn Kettler, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science at Boise State University.
In this paper, the researchers examine why cities spend scarce resources on hiring professional lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Although many cities spend a good deal of public money on lobbying, we know little about this behavior. Using a new dataset, they study the lobbying activities of 498 cities across 45 states from 1998-2008. Kettler and her co-author find that cities are more likely to lobby the federal government in times of economic distress. Additionally, cities spend more on lobbying when they are in a competitive congressional district, making them more relevant in national politics.

Nathaniel Hoffman Talks About ‘Blue Review’ and His Book


Nathaniel Hoffman, Bronco SnapshotA new University Television Presents episode features Nathaniel Hoffman, the founding editor of The Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship at Boise State, and author of the book “Amor and Exile,” talking about The Blue Review, his book and journalism.

Hoffman worked as a reporter at the Boise Weekly, the Contra Costa Times and the Idaho Press-Tribune. He has covered the immigration and demographics beat since he got his start in journalism in Nampa, Idaho, in 2001. He also produced audio reports for KQED public radio in San Francisco and KBSX in Boise.

You can find more information online about The Blue Review and Hoffman’s book “Amor and Exile.”

University Television Presents is created by University Television Productions (UTP), a media production unit of the Department of Communication. The episode was produced by Farzan Faramarzi. You can watch it on YouTube or click on the image below.

Idaho Education News Staff to Triple in Size

Today marks a milestone for Idaho Education News.

We’re tripling in size to offer you the most comprehensive and in-depth news on public education in Idaho.

Two years ago, Kevin Richert, Clark Corbin and I — print journalists with more than 40 years of experience — partnered to launch a never-before seen Idaho product: IdahoEdNews.org.

It was a risk. But it was a vision I believed in.

We had doubters. We had our own doubts.

But we also had a lot of people who had a tremendous amount of faith and willingness to invest in our talent and our idea. Thank you to the people who were integral in launching Idaho Ed News. This includes Roger Quarles, Jamie MacMillan, Jennie Sue Weltner, William Parrett, Alicia Ritter and Sophie Sestero.

And a huge thank you to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation for committing to fund our three-person startup.

We are proud to say today, we far exceeded our expectations and goals.

We have earned the respect of readers by producing accurate and unique content.

Visits to our website have grown by nearly 300 percent. We’ve collected thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook and our weekly e-newsletter.

Because of our reputation and independent product, we were welcomed into the Idaho Press Club and Capital Correspondents. In our first year, we won multiple Idaho Press Club awards, including best online news website, and Kevin Richert was named Idaho’s Reporter of the Year.

We are proud to be a public awareness service dedicated to informing Idahoans about education policy and best practices.

We also are proud to say that almost every major newspaper and TV website in Idaho has republished our stories, including the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press-Tribune, Twin Falls Times-News, Spokesman-Review, Coeur d’Alene Press and Boise State Public Radio. We have a regular partnership with KIVI Channel 6, we make frequent appearances on “Idaho Reports” and we partnered with Idaho Public Television on election debate coverage. We are grateful for their trust in our work and for granting us the needed exposure for our new service.

We know there are so many more educators, lawmakers, parents and taxpayers who will be interested in education news. Our funders agree, which is why we are tripling our staff to reach more Idahoans and cover every corner of the state.

To complement the extraordinary reporting and writing talents of Kevin Richert and Clark Corbin, we’re adding two talented professionals to enhance our offerings.

Andrew Reed

Andrew Reed

Andrew Reed starts today as our multimedia specialist. He joins us with a strong background in television and social media. He’ll deliver the news in a variety of platforms, such as photo galleries, videos, podcasts and graphics. He’ll also enhance our social media content.

We were fortunate to hire Randy Schrader as our education policy expert and data analyst. He has 30 years in education as a teacher, principal and superintendent. We consult with him every day. Randy also is an education data expert who will collect and mine data that will drive our investigative reporting. We’ll make sense of the numbers — from test results, to teacher evaluations to demographics. We will follow your tax dollars and hold lawmakers and educators accountable for your money.

Randy will orchestrate IdahoEdTrends.org to be the best data site in the country. It’s nearly there, hosting the most recent and publicly available data on every school, charter and district in Idaho. IdahoEdTrends.org has a feature where you can compare any schools in Idaho on demographics, academic achievement and financials. This product will become invaluable as we plug in the forthcoming ISAT scores that will be unveiled later this year.

Randy Schrader

Randy Schrader, education policy and data expert

We are committed to reaching all corners of Idaho, so we hired reporters David Keyes in Coeur d’Alene and Nate Sunderland in Rexburg. They will write news and features from their communities.

Also starting today is Brad Bolicek, our new management assistant who will help us produce special projects. And we’re looking forward to mentoring two student assistants, Nicole Criner and Stone Sutton, who are studying journalism and film.

We are first and foremost committed to being an accurate and independent messenger on public education in Idaho.

And we are now able to offer that news in a variety of formats and from every corner of the state.

We are humbled by your support these last two years. One of my favorite memories was hearing from a mother in Teton who was grateful for relevant education news so she could make better decisions for her children and family. While we love to hear from legislators, superintendents, educators and business leaders, hearing from parents validates our mission.

We are committed to improving Idaho Ed News and adjusting to find what’s best for our readers and followers. We have the resources and we have the talent.

Please contact me with your story ideas and tell us what you’d like us to investigate. Tell me what data you are interested in and we’ll go find it, mine it and write about it.

I look forward to developing the best place to find the most relevant, current and useful information on Idaho education.

Jennifer Swindell, managing editor of Idaho Education News


Americus Dotter Featured at Inspirational Women Authors, Coffees, Confections and Conversations

“Gather up your friends and plan to join us for a delightful time of fellowship, fun and encouragement!” reads the event page for Inspirational Women Authors, Coffees, Confections & soul_picConversations. “The afternoon gathering features a panel discussion with published women authors who have walked through some deep valleys, traversed the road less traveled, and discovered their inner strength along the way.”

The event takes place at Cloverdale Church of God, Boise, Idaho, Saturday, from 1 -3.

Americus Dotter is the pen name for an American author and advocate for women, best known for her autobiographical thriller, Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening.

Dotter was an ovum donor for many fertility clinics across the United States including Yale University, and helped many couples achieve their goal of creating a family. Stem cell research and the ethics surrounding it are one of her primary concerns. Her book, Soul Sale, is the raw story of spiritual warfare that she experienced in 2008 following the birth of her own child. It is an example of “quantum psychiatry,” a term that is gaining popularity and support in the psychiatric community. Quantum psychiatry is thought to be where spirituality and science meet to expose unproven realities. In a time where the transhuman agenda is beginning to appear in headlines, the ethics surrounding stem cell research must be discussed and unintended consequences of our knowledge should be examined. Amy Dotter successfully sheds light on these issues in a creative true story not like any ever heard before.[1]

She was interviewed for the documentary film Eggsploitation, discussing her story and the idea that “the fertility industry has a dirty little secret.” [2]

Americus Dotter invites the reader feel some of the pain of psychosis, in a tale weaved from her real life experiences. The book explores the issue from several perspectives. She offers stark implications for bioethics. Elements of fantasy and reality are weaved to give readers an inside look at one woman’s remarkable journey. And while the darkness is spelled out, the book also offers inspiration for women, in the end.[3]

Authors who will be participating are
JoEllen Claypool
Vera DeMay
Americus Dotter
Sheila Eismann
Jane Freund
Carol Green
Phyllis Vavold

A recent review of Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening, said:

I walked into a local bookstore to see an artist book signing. I love to read and thought I don’t do much for myself, I am going to buy this book. I didn’t ask what the book was about and I have never just walked up to an author and purchased a book. I was drawn to this woman it was as though I was following a beacon, like something told me I had to stop, I could not pass up this book or meeting.. I am personally dealing with much more than I can handle at the moment and this book and the authors experiences let me know I am not alone. No I didn’t have the same experiences and do not have the same exact mental issues. However, I have had or do have many of the same thoughts and feelings.
During my tour through the author’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings, I laughed, I cried, I related, and I was motivated to take my own life back to find happiness again.. When this book becomes a movie, if it isn’t to scarey,I would love to see it.

Come meet Americus and these other awe inspiring authors.

Honalee Farm Event Center is a Special Place

1932490_801630919855236_3677320109280212886_nPicture rural serenity, a large pond and fountain, a flowing stream, spacious lawn, extensive landscaping and abundant parking. Those qualities make one  state of the art event center the perfect spot for your special event.

That special place is Honalee Farm Event Center.

 Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a larger celebration our indoor/outdoor event center option will leave you with lasting memories. The indoor event center with wrap-around decks is both air conditioned and heated and can be adapted so you have that outdoor feeling and still be cozy.

The spacious lawn and beautiful landscaping accommodates families and group activities with room to play. The site has ample room for any type of event and promises an unforgettable, good time for both young and old.

A tour of Honalee Farm Event Center is a must. Call Honalee Farm Event Center • (208) 286-0533, today for an appointment to view this special place.

Honalee Farm is located between Eagle and Star and dates back to 1922 where the Otto Muller Family had a dairy farm.  The original dairy barn was built in 1927 and was restored and is now used as living quarters.  The silo built in 1939 is one of the most prominent landmarks on Moon Valley Road.

The Honalee Event Center was newly constructed in 2011 with an open floor design, a full service prep kitchen, refreshment wet bar, large river rock stone fireplace, stage area and a wrap-around deck 388452_306194372732229_628845967_n.overlooking the picturesque pond and landscaping.

Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a larger celebration, at this indoor/outdoor Honalee Farm Event Center, you may enjoy the humming birds and a refreshing sip of artesian water. It will leave you with lasting memories.

2015-2016 Tamarack Resort PASS SALE @Ski_Tamarack – Buy the ultimate in flexibility and value

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Buy the ultimate in flexibility and value for you and your family now and save! Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, enjoying the Nordic trails, or a bit of everything, our seasons pass means you can do what you want, when you want seven days a week, all winter long. You can still save this season with the Spring 14/15 add-on pass too.

Located just 100 miles north of Boise, Tamarack Resort is a place of dreams that is welcome to all.
Tamarack Resort is a four-season mountain resort in the northwest United States, in the Long Valley of west central Idaho. It is located on the west shore of Cascade Reservoir, southwest of Donnelly in Valley County, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Boise.