Kevin’s Podcast

Episode 55: Breaking down the wild GOP primaries

Idaho had an election Tuesday, and what an election it was. The mainstream Republican candidates won most of the big statewide races. But conservative Raul Labrador unseated 20-year attorney general Lawrence Wasden, and the right wing gained some significant ground in the state Senate. To explain it all, Stephanie Witt of Boise State University and…

Episode 54: Idaho’s nationalized elections

We really are in the election homestretch. Primary elections are Tuesday. This week’s podcast guest is Rod Gramer — the CEO of Idaho Business for Education, and a longtime observer of Idaho politics. He talks about how these elections are different than what we’ve seen before: sometimes costlier, and driven by nationalized issues. Idaho Education…

Episode 53: After the debates and before the election …

We’re almost to primary day. The debates are history. The voting is underway. And the campaign ads are … everywhere. This week, Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television’s “Idaho Reports” joins Kevin Richert to talk over the landscape heading into May 17. Idaho Education News · Episode 53 Go to our Soundcloud page for other recent…

Episode 52: Candidate interview, Brad Little

With the May 17 primary elections looming, we continue our candidate interviews with a Q&A with Gov. Brad Little. Kevin Richert interviews the incumbent about teacher pay raises, literacy, the Idaho “go-on rate” — and his refusal to debate before the GOP primary. Idaho Education News · Episode 52 Go to our Soundcloud page for other…

Episode 51: It’s debate season in Idaho … or is it?

Several high-profile Idaho debates have fallen by the wayside in the past few days. (But not all of them: The three Republican candidates for state schools superintendent will square off twice next week.) To talk about this year’s debate no-shows — and to talk about what to listen for when candidates actually do debate —…

Episode 50: Money and politics … together again

The May 17 primary elections are bearing down fast. And that means it’s the perfect time to break down the money race. Boise State University political science professor Jaclyn Kettler joins the podcast this week to talk about the dollars — and other election wild cards. Idaho Education News · Episode 50 Go to our…

Episode 49: After the ’22 session, how will K-12 spend its new money?

The 2022 Legislature put an additional $104 million into teacher pay. And more than $180 million of new money into K-12 benefits. And an additional $46.6 million into literacy. Now, it’s up to school leaders to spend the money. To look at the implementation process, Kevin Richert interviews lobbyists from three of the state’s education…

Episode 48: Reporter reset, the 2022 Legislature

It’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. The 2022 legislative session adjourned Thursday. This week on the podcast, Clark Corbin of Idaho Capital Sun and Idaho EdNews’ Blake Jones join Kevin Richert to talk about the session, the endgame, and the implications for the upcoming elections. Idaho Education News · Episode 48 Go to our Soundcloud…

Episode 47: Candidate interview, Ed Humphreys

Eagle Republican Ed Humphreys is making his run for office — for governor. Why is Humphreys running for the state’s highest office? And what is his vision for education? Here’s our latest candidate interview. Idaho Education News · Episode 47 Go to our Soundcloud page for other recent episodes: Episode 46: Candidate interview, Sherri Ybarra Episode 45:…

Episode 46: Candidate interview, Sherri Ybarra

The 2022 primary elections are less than two months away, and we’re continuing with our candidate interviews. This week, Kevin Richert interviews Republican state superintendent Sherri Ybarra. Idaho Education News · Episode 46 Go to our Soundcloud page for other recent episodes: Episode 45: Candidate interview, Scott Bedke Episode 44: Breaking down the education budget debates (Guests,…