Twenty-eight Republican legislators sent a letter written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt to Boise State Pres. Marlene Tromp critical of efforts to create diversity and inclusion at Idaho’s largest university. Democrats in the Legislature followed up with their own letter praising the university’s diversity efforts.

Here’s the Republican letter: https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/idahopress.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/66/0668e0b0-b6d3-5531-b984-df8f269fa935/5d27cef64f4d7.pdf.pdf

And here’s the Democratic letter, signed by all members of the Democratic caucus:  https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/idahopress.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/83/c83507f1-167b-5c81-b775-eac84269c796/5d28cbcfb76a2.pdf.pdf

Gov. Brad Little issues statement on the passing of former legislator and lobbyist Bill Roden, who died his home on July 8, 2019. “For nearly 60 years, Bill Roden helped shape the quality of life we enjoy in Idaho. Bill was always generous in giving his advice and counsel to new legislators and governors, and his advice was not just welcome but needed. Those of us serving in public life aspire to what Bill represented. He was civil at all times, stood for good governance, and worked tirelessly to make Idaho a great place to live. Bill left a huge mark on Idaho that will last for generations to come. He now joins his wife, Betty, without whom Bill would not have contributed so much to Idaho. Teresa and I extend our condolences to Bill’s family and loved ones.”

House Republican leadership to hold town hall in Twin Falls.  House Republican Leadership and Magic Valley representatives from the House Republican Caucus will hold a town hall in Twin Falls. Caucus-members from Districts 24-27 encourage their constituents and the media to attend. Representatives are looking forward to answering your questions, hearing your concerns, and better understanding what issues are important to you, so they can help create a better future for you in the statehouse.

The caucus will hold the town hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, in the Planning and Zoning room at the County West building in Twin Falls.  Early questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attending will be: Speaker of the House Scott Bedke (Oakley); Majority Leader Mike Moyle; Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma; Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks; Rep. Lance Clow (Twin Falls); Rep. Linda Wright Hartgen (Twin Falls); Rep. Laurie Lickley (Jerome); Rep. Clark Kauffman (Filer); and Rep. Fred Wood (Burley).                                                      

Gov. Brad Little’s public calendar for the week of July 15-19

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019

Governor Little will chair a meeting of the State Board of Land Commissioners in the Lincoln Auditorium at 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019

Governor Little will welcome attendees of the National Conference of Educational Office Professionals at the Riverside Hotel in Boise at 8 a.m.

Governor Little will address the Idaho Falls Rotary at the Shiloh Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 83402, at 12 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019

Governor Little will welcome the attendees of a ceremony celebrating the establishment of the Idaho Women’s Business Center in the 2nd Floor Rotunda at 10 a.m.

Governor Little will accept the Idaho Lottery’s annual dividend in a ceremony celebrating the Idaho Lottery’s 30th anniversary on the Capitol Steps at 10:30 a.m.