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Carson, Strassel pack house for MSPC’s inaugural Boise dinner

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

What. A. Night.

More than 500 packed the Boise Centre on Friday night to hear the 17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson and the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel at Mountain States Policy Center’s first annual Boise dinner. To kick off the night, attendees were treated to a moving rendition of the national anthem by a choir and orchestra of students from Treasure Valley Classical Academy. During the dinner, Idaho Governor Brad Little helped present former Governor Butch Otter with MSPC’s Elevation Award.

Mountain States Policy Center Boise dinner

Kim Strassel noted the importance of having good research to help inform the public debate by saying, “This is why I love traveling across the country to speak to free market think tanks. Mountain States Policy Center is helping put the focus back on facts.”

Kim Strassel

Dr. Ben Carson encouraged the packed crowd to become more involved in the governance of our country noting, “Most of America has common sense. What Americans are missing is courage.”

Ben Carson

Video of the presentations will be available on MSPC’s YouTube channel soon.

MSPC’s Spring Dinner with Kayleigh McEnany will be on April 12 in Coeur d'Alene.

The Boise dinner fundraiser raised more than $200,000 to help fund the work of MSPC. On behalf of the entire board and staff of Mountain States Policy Center, thank you to everyone for making last night a success!

Mountain States Policy Center Board

Details on next year’s Boise dinner are coming soon.

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