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  •  Sensible people, who cannot afford (1+ / 0-)
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    health protection in Idano, should move.  Get the hell out that backwoods place and let the supremacy movement keep the place and its taters.  

    •  Whatever happened to Idahoans such as (1+ / 0-)
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      Frank Church and Cecil Andrews?  The fact that a state such as Idaho could elect such people just a few decades ago shows the poison of hate radio and Fox Noise.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:54:06 PM PDT

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      •  Time to reform (1+ / 0-)
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        Give 'em hell Democrats.  Go in Idaho and campaign there long term to give people good medicine.

        •  There is Plenty of Hell! (0+ / 0-)

          "Consumer Reporting Agencies, IRS" will determine your eligibility for the 46 different buckets of insurance or not!  
          Much much more Here.
          Why not just use birth certificates aka Single Payer rather than all this intrusion?  This will not go down well.

        •  We're not actually a "hateful" state, (1+ / 0-)
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          but face it, Nazis make for jaw-dropping press. Most of the folks here are ignorant and poorly educated. The right wing here is the Libertarian "keep th' Feddle Gummint outta mah Medicare!" types rather then the religious whackaloons. We do have some religious ones here, but the predominant stream is the Libertarians. The religious ones are Mormons, who tend to be religiously Libertarian.

          But we have a lot of things going for us, too. Idaho had a long history of labor involvement and the first practicing Jewish governor, and still has the oldest synagogue in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. An openly lesbian state representative served for years before recently losing an election, We have large placement communities for refugees from African nations, and lots of Asians coming in for tech work at Micron, so the city is finally starting to get some color. People from bigger cities will still think Boise is the mayo-on-white capitol of the world, but compared to the past this place is getting scarily cosmopolitan.

          But yeah, there are Hammerskins out here too, and the GOP is the dominant party, and of course we have Raul Labrado (sigh), with a tiny handful of Democrats chipping away where they can.

          I'd love to see more progressives move here but I understand why they wouldn't want to. Besides the reputation as the Fourth Reich there's also a lot of very heavy lifting to do, and effort can be spent in swing states where a little effort can make bigger payoffs, faster.

          The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

          by Canis Aureus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:47:41 AM PDT

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          •  You have to start somewhere (0+ / 0-)

            My uncle lives in Boise and I've been to Idaho a number of times.  If anything, I would say getting information to people could be what's important.

            I'm aware of the Mormon community.  My mother and uncle come from a Mormon family so they know very well the community's presence in Idaho.

      •  It was Cecil Andrus, and the One-Party state (1+ / 0-)
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        pays them lip service and holds them up as examples of a "robust political discourse" in the state to deflect the criticisms about how the GOP runs everything.

        Really, Boise and Lewiston, IIRC, are the only tiny islands of blue in this sea of reactionary red. We have a Democratic Mayor in Boise who is really popular, but I always say that most of Idaho is a place to go for Mormons who feel that Utah has become "too wild and decadent". I'm not exaggerating, either.

        Not too long ago they gerrymandered our Senate voting districts (imagine that) to keep the old districts from going Democratic. Boise and Lewiston both used to be in the "western half" of the state and the population centers there would have made it Blue. So they split us off and now Boise's votes are counter-balanced by south-east Idaho, or "New Zion".

        It's depressing and annoying both.

        The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

        by Canis Aureus on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:36:40 AM PDT

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        •  It's really, really (0+ / 0-)

          depressing.  I am surrounded by red.  I have to go to the Unitarian Church just to rub shoulders with blue.  What I wouldn't give to move out of the burbs and into the north end.

          •  The Bench neighborhood by Vista (0+ / 0-)

            is really nice. It's also very international-- that's where a lot of the ex-Yugoslavian refugees settled, and where a lot of the African immigrants have come. A recent attempt to get the area named an "international zone" was shot down by the GOP since, you know, furriners.

            But it's a good neighborhood, and the houses aren't as close together as a lot of the North End seems to be.

            The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

            by Canis Aureus on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:44:32 PM PDT

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