Robert Ehlert: Have your say on Supreme Court rulings in Tuesday chat

July 2, 2013 

The past week was a big one for Supreme Court action and rulings, so today the Statesman editorial department hosts an online chat, noon to 1 p.m. (or later if there interest).

We sponsored a similar chat last month to examine the community's feelings about the education initiative Common Core, and we had a great response.

Today we have a panel that will answer your questions about the impact of the Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, the Defense of Marriage Act - and what could be described as the nonaction on California's Proposition 8 regarding same-sex marriage.

Our panel includes:

David Adler, a constitutional expert, a regular contributor to the Statesman editorial pages and director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University.

Steve Shaw, political science faculty member at Northwest Nazarene University.

Christ Troupis, an Eagle attorney who represents businesses and who has argued cases before the Idaho Supreme Court.

To participate just visit, Sign up for a chat reminder at

Peterson joins Editorial Board

Beginning Tuesday, July 9, Martin Peterson will join Lindy High and Statesman Publisher Mike Jung on our Editorial Board.

Peterson has been active in Idaho public affairs for much of his life. He is the interim director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho.

He also has served as special assistant to the president for a number of University of Idaho presidents during the past 21 years. He has served several gubernatorial administrations in budgetary and human resources roles, as well as having been an assistant to Sen. Frank Church.

Peterson, the well-known and sagacious moderator at Boise City Club functions, is co-author, along with Randy Stapilus, of "Idaho 100: The People Who Most Influenced The Gem State" (Ridenbaugh Press, 2012).

Martin Peterson replaces Jessica Flynn who ended her term as a community member last month.

Tell us why Boise is your town

Sunday marks the 150th birthday of Boise and we're inviting you to polish one of the jewels of the Treasure Valley.

In honor of the Boise Sesquicentennial we would love for those of you who are willing to wax eloquent about why this place is so special. We want to document how you all feel about your city on the pages of our Sunday, July 7, Insight Section.

Particularly, I have heard many of you say "I came here planning to stay only for a couple of years and..." or "After I left and went off to experience other places I realized there is no other place like Boise for me."

Send me a couple of paragraphs in an email with MyBoise in the subject field to

Please send your Boise comments by the end of the day Wednesday.


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Robert Ehlert is the Statesman's editorial page editor. Contact him at 377-6437 or on Twitter @IDS_HelloIdaho.

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