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  •  Things have changed substantially (4.00)
    The Senator and Governor were wonderful men, and family friends. My first political experience was going door to door with my mom for Cece in his first governor's race. I was 4.

    The influx of extremely conservative folks from places like southern California, combined with the right-to-work law passed in '86 (the death knell to labor) decimated the Democrats. Losing the labor strongholds in Bannock county and up north were blows that we still haven't overcome.

    I appreciate so much Dean's willingness to invest in the infrastructure of the Party in Idaho, because it's that kind of investment that is necessary to start getting folks involved at the local level. We're really still in a position of needing to cultivate candidates.

    lib·er·al: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 08:50:22 AM PDT

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    •  I met Andrus several times (none)
      Back in the 70s and 80s. The last time in the early 80s, I personally thanked him for pushing the 1980 Alaska Lands Act. Andrus said "And you know why we won that one, don't you?" I shook my head no. "Because we were right and they were wrong." We both got a good laugh out of that one.

      "Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?" Aldo Leopold

      by Ed in Montana on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 10:33:32 AM PDT

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