And So It Begins 

Love it or loathe it, the blood sport that is Idaho politics can be many things to many people, but almost everyone can agree that it's never boring. Having said that, traditional coverage of the Statehouse can be a real yawner. Which is why we choose to examine matters of capitol consequence through a different lens.

If your idea of legislative news concerns who holds what chairmanship or who said what and who retorted with equal aplomb, then you may want to sample the more traditional forms of statehouse reporting. As for Boise Weekly, we're interested in hearing more citizen voices and considering the impact of proposed legislation further away from a four-block area of downtown Boise.

Watch for the return of out Unda the Rotunda column in the Jan. 16 issue of the paper, as well as frequent updates on the goings on in the Statehouse online at Citydesk.

In this week's issue, we take a look at some of the new proposed rules that govern (some may say restrict) demonstrations of free speech and protest on the Capitol Mall and in the Statehouse. The new rules, crafted by the Idaho Department of Administration, are worth a thorough look, and they could become law in very short order if citizens don't weigh in at House and Senate State Affairs Committee hearings.

Also this week, we sit down with Boise Sen. Branden Durst, who will soon turn 33 years old but is beginning what could be considered his second act in Idaho politics. Durst said recent political and personal challenges have made him a better legislator as he gears up for what he called "the fun part of the year."

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