The Majority of the Minority 

Just try to avoid the upcoming Idaho primary. We double-dare you.

Just try to avoid the upcoming Idaho primary. We double-dare you. Turn on any television or radio or check your Facebook feed, and you'll see a robust, often-heated contest for Idaho's next governor. Additionally, the money being spent by many of the Democratic and Republican candidates is off the charts.

"This may end up being the most expensive election in Idaho history," Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane told us.

Yet, we're told not to expect a significant voter turnout on Tuesday, May 15. Most pundits aren't expecting much more than 25 percent of registered voters to show at the polls. We dive into this puzzlement on pages 6 and 7.

Meanwhile, it's down to the wire for the grass-roots effort to put the issue of Idaho's Medicaid gap—the tens of thousands of Gem State citizens without coverage—on the November ballot. Medicaid for Idaho needs to collect 56,192 signatures by Monday, April 30, and we check on their progress on page 8.

We also introduce you to 81-year-old Gene Nora Jessen of Meridian, one of the women recruited to undergo secret testing in the 1960s in an attempt to prove eligible for the Mercury space program. Idaho Public Television's Marcia Franklin introduces Jessen, who calls herself an "astro-not," on page 9.

Plus, Ben Schultz visits with Idaho-based rock group Wide Stance on page 14—yes, their name is a tribute, of sorts, to the controversy that dogged U.S. Sen. Larry Craig—and Brian Millar takes us to Boise Art Museum's Art of Fashion Show on page 16. Designers and artists created some pretty spectacular wardrobe pieces made of metal, paper, clay and more. On page 17, I preview the new film Lean on Pete, opening Friday, April 27, at The Flicks. Finally, we were a bit stunned to hear that there won't be a Deli Days this summer. Greta Gardner reports on page 18 that volunteers at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel have been overwhelmed with the festival's popularity, resulting in a pause.

Oh, and one more thing—there are only five days left to vote in our Best of Boise polls, so head to to make your voice heard before Monday, April 30.

Pin It


Comments are closed.

More by George Prentice

Submit an Event

Today's Pick

BoVi Film Festival

Popular Events

  • Best of Boise 2019 Voting @ Boise Weekly

    • Through April 30 FREE
  • Orny Adams Live: Laughter is the Best Medicine @ Ford Idaho Center

    • Thu., April 25, 7 p.m. $15-$49
    • Buy Tickets
  • Shred Day @ Ada Community Library Victory Branch

    • Thu., April 25, 4-6 p.m. FREE

© 2019 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation