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  •  Trust the folks in Idaho here (11+ / 0-)

    We spent about 10 days in Idaho this summer on vacation - in exactly the area you highlighted. We sepnt a lot of time quietly talking to locals about the state's image and the candidates. The Idaho folks are as fed up with the wingnuts and Bushco as the folks in Montana. Dissatisfaction runs deep. It has taken a long time for this administration but the people in Idaho want change:

    • about the environment being trashed without thought to the livelihoods made through fishing and hunting and outdoor recreation,
    • about fights over water use, a really big issue in Idaho
    • about the war which is keeping their kids in Iraq through stop loss
    • about political corruption and deficit spending
    • and so much more...

    They are quiet people and not as crazy as they are purported to be in the 'Ruby Ridge' stereotypes. Some of those folks are there...more are not.

    Great summary of the candidate...and it's good to see a solid Dem running!

    All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. Pat Paulsen

    by SallyCat on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 08:00:56 AM PDT

    •  Hold on... (2+ / 1-)
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      What is Larry Grant's position on these issues. I just want to know. You can't tell anything from either this diary or from his website.

      Quit acting like drones.

      •  The world isn't made up of 'Progressives' (6+ / 0-)

        The world is made up of moderates and people willing to listen and work together.

        A recurring theme was that Washington DC wasn't listening to the locals. The people want workable solutions not dictates. They want workable compromises and safeguards.

        The state has had a long period of wingnuts and they are fed up. Maybe Grant isn't as 'progressive' as say a Barbara Boxer...but it seems the Idaho people here on this blog are supporting him. What I indicated in my comment is that people in Idaho are ready to move to the left. How far is up to them.

        You don't want to support a conservative or moderate Dem in the reddest state in the nation...don't. Just don't piss and moan about to people looking for support.

        Go read another diary and be pissy there.

        All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. Pat Paulsen

        by SallyCat on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 08:29:22 AM PDT

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        •  but what are Grant's positions? (0+ / 0-)

          The request by IndySteve was reasonable, except he should've left off the last sentence. Also, I don't think it's at all reasonable to consider Idaho the reddest state in the union... based just on the 2004 numbers. Here's an interesting paragraph on Bush's 2006 reality:

          "It is the President’s handling of Iraq, however, that is at the heart of the public’s disapproval. What is remarkable about the latest polls is that Bush is losing support, for the first time in five years, in his strongest base-Republican stalwarts, many of whom live here in the Rockies. More than a third of those who most likely voted for Bush in both 2000 and 2004 now disagree with the war in Iraq. Independents, who narrowly voted for Bush in 2004, disapprove of the way he has handled Iraq by a whopping 69 percent."

          Buyer's Remorse for Bush
          by Pat Williams

          Thom Hartmann or Stephanie Miller for President, alternatives to the wonks and whimps

          by fairleft on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 08:55:06 AM PDT

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      •  as long as he would vote to impeach, (2+ / 0-)
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        that's all I care about.

      •  Um. (5+ / 0-)

        Remember Herseth?

        I supported her, even though not all of her positions were what I'd really, really like.

        But for godsake, we're talking about achieving a Democratic majority in the House, here.  It's NOT going to be made up of only progressives.

        The only plausible situation is that there will be a lot more Democrats elected AND a "surprising" number of them will be moderate and progressive, rather than conservative.  And THAT will swing things in a progressive direction.

        Electing a Democrat--of almost any stripe--instead of Sali is a major victory.  It cuts one more fucking wingnut off the elephant.  That's a major net shift to the left.

        It's good.

        "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

        by ogre on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:34:11 AM PDT

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      •  Positions--from the website (5+ / 0-)

        Top Five Reasons To Go To Congress

        People want to know what Larry wants to work on when elected. Here are his top five reasons to go to Congress.

        1. Jobs. To make sure that every person who wants to work can find a job that pays a living wage, to be sure that Congress passes trade, technology, and tax policies that create jobs here instead of sending them overseas, and to stop giving tax cuts to the wealthy while cutting benefits for the poor and middle class.

        Note: Living Wage.

        End tax cuts for the rich while cutting benefits for the poor and middle class.

        Anti-outsourcing tilt there, along with a suggestion of an anti-corporatist tilt.

        1. Education. To make sure that every child gets a good education and an opportunity to go to college or learn a trade, to be sure that teachers and public schools get the money and respect they deserve, and to stop the federal government from telling us how to educate our children without providing the money to do it.

        Education--with funding!

        1. Health Care. To make sure that every family that needs a doctor can see one, to be sure that every person who needs prescription drugs can afford them, and to protect Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

        Without using the scawwy words, that's some form of universal health care.

        1. Spending. To make sure we get back to balanced budgets and stop Congress' current spending spree, to rein in the outrageous amount of money spent on pork barrel projects, to halt subsidies for oil and gas companies at a time when they are making huge profits, and to change energy policies that do little or nothing to end our dependence on foreign oil.

        Fiscal responsibility. Anti-pork (anti-earmark?), anti-corporate welfare...

        Energy policy that aims to get us off the oil teat (since American oil fields aren't going to provide enough oil... that's that that has to mean).

        1. Respect. To restore America to its rightful place as the most respected and powerful nation in the world by ending the greed and corruption currently raging through the top ranks of our government, to end the war in Iraq with dignity and purpose, and to make sure every individual is treated fairly under our laws and that their rights are protected from undue governmental interference.

        That's the anti-war statement.  It's also anti-corruption, and a call for the restoration of constitutional government.

        The wording is soft, but that's what I see there.

        "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

        by ogre on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:45:15 AM PDT

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    •  I have a sister n law that is from (2+ / 0-)
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      Idaho Springs and her dad is a certifiable Wing-Nut of the worst kind. He was an engineer in his day with a nuclear something or another and is a rabid Repug. Last year he was outnumbered at our Thanksgiving gathering with "libs" as he called us. All he could do is giggle about it since we were in the majority. Other than his politics he is a very nice man.

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