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.

Newhouse Selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Combine

By: Sherry Squires

D_1409_050_0084x6Boise State freshman Hannah Newhouse has been selected as one of 20 drivers for the 11th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, NASCAR announced Sept. 30.

The 2014 combine will be a three-day evaluation resulting in the selection of approximately six drivers who will be named to the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The D4D includes multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America, each aiming to land a spot on the 2015 D4D team. The Twin Falls, Idaho, native will be one of 11 females in the program, as well as one of eight participants ages 17 and under.

This will be the third-consecutive year Newhouse has participated in the combine.

The 2014 D4D Combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 13-15.

@BalletIdaho Presents Alice in Wonderland at @morrisoncenter #Boise #Idaho

wonderland1-1-281x159We  have always loved Alice in Wonderland.

That’s why we were so delighted when I found out that my family could come see Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s classic presented by  Ballet Idaho!

On the occasion of Alice Kingsley’s 15th birthday, the Hadmatter family, friends of the Kingsleys, are hosting a ball in Alice’s honor. Already uneasy with social occasions, things become worse when her older bossy sister, Quendleheart, forces herself on Hatwin Hadmatter, the older of the two Hadmatter sons and secret sweetheart of Alice, leaving her to his obnoxious younger brother, Redford.

Things go downhill from there, quite literally, for Alice: A top hat appears out of nowhere, containing an invitation to a tea party; a white rabbit follows; a wild tumble down the rabbit hold ends in a hall of doors; a magic garden; twins, a caterpillar and an illusive Cheshire cat; a white king and queen with chess pieces as their court; a duchess baking tarts; a mad hatter with strange company; a conspiracy to overthrow the red queen and king; an army of marching playing cards’ a rigged croquet game; theft, betrayal, war and fearsome dragon of the Jabberwocky kind.

It is hard to ask for better entertainment for the whole family. The Morrison Center and Ballet Idaho are a true gem!

Alice finds herself in the midst of this wild, strange and adventurous journey, ultimately taming the Jabberwocky with a stolen tart and becoming the queen of wonderland. When she returns to the ball, things have changed in her favor: she is dancing with her secret sweetheart Hatwin, who confesses his love for her. The ball goes on and Alice is happy indeed to be there!

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Music by Herbert Baumann

Choreography by Alex Ossadnik

Scenic Designed by Valeria Rios

Scenic Construction by Richard Hess & the NMU Scene shop

Costumes by Megan Ann Richardson

Ticket prices (ticketing fees not included):

P1/Section A $58.00 Floor Rows AA – M; Mezzanine Rows A – D

P2/Section B $43.00 Floor Rows N – V; Mezzanine Rows E – G

P3/Section C $38.00 Floor Rows W – Z; Mezzanine Rows H – N

All seats are reserved. Everyone through the door, regardless of age, requires a ticket. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of Management.


Parking is included for Morrison Center events. For Morrison Center for the Performing Arts information, including parking and upcoming event details, click here MorrisonCenter.com.


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Report: Martin Mayhew Not Confident With Kellen Moore As Back-Up

726px-Lions_backup_quarterback_Kellen_Moore_hands_the_ball_offAs the Detroit Lions approach the 2014 season they have some serious personnel decisions to make, according to Detroitjockcity.com.

With a Ndamukong Suh contract extension looming and veteran players like Nate Burleson getting cut, one might figure that the Lions would try to save even more money by moving QB Kellen Moore up on the depth chart.

Considering current #2 Shaun Hill figures to be in demand on the free agent market this offseason. such a minor move would be a no-brainer right?

However, according to a tweet, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew who made this comment to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News:

But Moore ended his college career “with an amazing 50-3 record as a starting quarterback, shattering the NCAA all-time wins record for a quarterback, previously held by Colt McCoy of Texas with 45 wins,” according to the Boise State website.  “Moore exited Boise State with nearly every single season or career passing record, including total offense, yards, completions, completion percentage, touchdowns, pass efficiency and lowest interception ratio.”

Thus, the rookie quarterback still has a lot of upside and can easily be traded and do well at another franchise.

JUKEBOX JUNCTION Revue with The Diamonds & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to Play Morrison Center, 1/4/2014

Come see  The Diamonds with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Jukebox Junction Revue at the MorrisonCenter Saturday, January 4, 2014 2:00PM.

Broadwayworld.com says: Get “In The Mood” with a night of nostalgia featuring The Diamonds with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in the revueJukebox Junction. Featuring musical hits of four decades of America’s favorite music — from the greatest big band hits to doo-wop and rock and roll classics — each band performs separately and together with a show-stopping finale! Hits include: Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Little Darlin, Splish Splash, Stroll, Silhouettes, Green Eyes, I’m Glad There is You and many more!

Sponsored by Dorsey Music Media partner KOOL Oldies 99.5FM Ticket
Prices (service fees not included): $39.50 Orchestra Pit Rows A – C;
Floor Rows AA – C ‘Gold Circle’ $29.50 Floor Rows D – O $22.50 Floor
Rows P – V $19.50 Floor Rows W – Z Group discount: Save 10 percent off
the ticket price for parties of 10 or more – contact the Morrison Center
Box Office 208.426.1110.

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Boise State’s Chris Petersen is leaving to be the head coach at Washington

210px-Chris_Petersen_9_25_2010 By Joe Schad | ESPN.com reports:

Boise State coach Chris Petersen is expected to be named head coach of the Washington Huskies on Friday, according to a source.

Petersen will be one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12.

Petersen, who has turned down other job offers, is ready for a new challenge, the source said.

Petersen, who met with Washington on Thursday, felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source.


Boise State’s Chris Petersen to be named Washington’s new coach Friday / Idaho Statesman

The Statesman reported Thursday night that Petersen met with University of Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward in Boise to discuss the Huskies’ coaching vacancy, according to booster Travis Hawkes.

A private flight from Seattle landed at the Boise Airport at 8:02 p.m. Thursday. The people on board immediately got into a black car headed to a Boise hotel, according to airport sources. Woodward and a woman returned to the plane 2 hours, 10 minutes later and left — without Petersen. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes.

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Susan Solomon

By Kathleen Tuck |  

The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents climate scientist and Nobel Laureate Susan Solomon at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. The lecture is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

Solomon’s remarks, titled “A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone about Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock,” will provide scientific information to help people better understand the dual challenges of science and climate change. She also will address why international agreement on climate change policy has proven particularly difficult.

Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone “hole” and for her leadership of the 2007 science report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007 she won the Nobel Prize along with Al Gore and other IPCC members. She currently focuses on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change.

Solomon’s research has helped institute a global ban on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone and threaten human health. Her work connecting volcanic chlorofluorocarbons to increased damage to the ozone layer formed the basis of the U.S. Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to protect the ozone layer by regulating damaging chemicals.

Solomon was a scientist at NOAA for 20 years and is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The author of a popular book on Antarctic history titled “The Coldest March,” she has won the Volvo Environment Prize (2009), Great Medal of the Academy of Sciences of France (2008), William Bowie Medal (2007), Blue Planet Prize (2004), Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal (2000) and National Medal of Science (1999), among other awards, and has an Antarctic glacier named in her honor. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers who have had major impacts in politics, the arts, science, business or other realms of contemporary significance. Former speakers in the series include environmental architect William McDonough, National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Nobel laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, biologist E.O. Wilson and Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, among others. Learn more at boisestate.edu/distinguishedlectures.

Ahsahta Press Receives First NEA Grant for Poetry Anthology

By Sherry Squires

Boise State University’s Ahsahta Press has been awarded its  first-ever National Endowment for the Arts grant. The grant will help  fund an anthology of postmodern pastoral poetry titled “The Arcadia  Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral.”

“This is our first anthology and our first NEA grant and it  represents a huge breakthrough for us,” said Ahsahta Press director and  editor Janet Holmes. “Because of the NEA support, we’re able to take on  this large project in addition to our usual publishing schedule. Our aim  is to have it ready for fall adoptions for poetry and literature  courses next year.”

Ahsahta’s NEA proposal for the $7,500 grant was to support the  publication, promotion and website development for an anthology of  poetry that documents postmodernism’s intersection with the pastoral and  the latter’s changing definition. An online component, featuring new  media work and teaching aids to accompany the book, also is part of the  project. Edited by poets Joshua Corey of Lake Forest College in Illinois  and G.C. Waldrep of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, its  contributors include Rae Armantrout, Oni Buchanan, Thalia Field, C.S.  Giscombe, Sarah Gridley, Brenda Hillman, K. Silem Mohammad, Ed Roberson,  Arthur Sze, Brian Teare and C.D. Wright.

Ahsahta is a Mandan word meaning “Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep” and  was first recorded by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Ahsahta  Press is a not-for-profit literary publisher, founded at Boise State to  preserve the best works by early poets of the American West, including  many under-published women poets.

Soon after its inception, the press began publishing contemporary  poetry by Western poets along with its reprint titles. With the  inception of the MFA in Creative Writing at Boise State, Ahsahta Press  expanded its scope, presenting the work of poets from across the nation  whose work is selected through a national competition or by general  submission. Ahsahta Press seeks out and publishes the best new poetry  from an eclectic range of aesthetics—poetry that is technically  accomplished, distinctive in style and thematically fresh.

For more information, visit ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu or contact Holmes at 426-3134 or jholmes@boisestate.edu.