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It's almost become conventional wisdom for this cycle that all of the GOP's woes can be summed up by looking at Idaho. The national press loves a Cinderella story, and Democrats in Idaho fit the bill. So is it actually possible for Democrats to win this cycle, and if so, why? That's what I came to Idaho this week to find out.

Let's start with the why. First, GOP complacency. That resulted in letting the Club For Growth come in and get probably the worst Congressional candidate running this cycle on the ballot. The party that got so used to winning wasn't able to withstand the attack from the far right flank. And, in the gubenatorial race, that complacency has led to an almost non-campaign by the Republican, retiring Congressman Butch Otter. His sense that the governor's chair was his has allowed Jerry Brady in the race.

The GOP missteps helped, but any gains made this cycle, particularly a victory by Larry Grant in Idaho's first congressional district, will be thanks to Howard Dean's 50 state strategy. Idaho State Party Chair (and former Congressman) Richard Stallings says as much:

Stallings described his frustration with getting Democratic leaders to pay attention to the open Idaho House race this year, given the conventional wisdom that no state that voted 68 percent for President Bush in 2004 would be fertile ground for a competitive contest.

Stallings recalled that after state Rep. Bill Sali (R), who is not well-liked by the state Republican establishment, won the GOP primary he tried to convince national Democratic leaders that the race was winnable.

"They just sort of pooh-poohed me," he said.

But Stallings did praise Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who has been at odds with his party's House and Senate campaign chiefs over spending priorities all cycle.

"I have to give a lot of credit to Howard Dean and the 50-state strategy," Stallings said. "I think he recognized that if the party's going to be competitive nationally they've got to either reach to the South or the West and I don't see that happening in the South. The West is really the potential for growth."

While the NRCC and Club for Growth have continued to pour money into the Sali campaign--now approaching $750K--to date as of 9/30 Grant has received $1,573 from Party Committees. To date, no independent expenditures have gone to the Grant campaign. What the campaign has received, however, is a state party organization that stretches through the district. When Howard Dean took over at the DNC, the Idaho Dems had one and a half staff people. The party was disorganized, demoralized, and stretched to the limit. The party now has five permanent staff and has been able to hire field coordinators.

The Grant campaign probably would have appreciated a little more help, they certainly didn't count on it, and still aren't counting on it. But Grant is an impressive enough candidate, and knows the district well enough, that he's done fine on his own. The good news with that is that there aren't any strings being pulled by outside forces, some of which are happy to offer lots of advice now that Grant's campaign is in the national spotlight. Grant has the freedom to continue his thus far successful strategy in the campaign. That strategy included "buying Idaho."

More about that, and some further reflections on Idaho after the flip.

When he met with his blogger, Julie Fanselow (known as Red State Rebel around here) a year ago, she gave him a few names of communications strategists in the NW. He wanted her, though. He wanted to hire locally, finding someone who knew Idaho and Idaho politics, and that's what he's done with his entire staff. He did go to DC to find his ad man, Peter Fenn, and his pollster, Celinda Lake. Both have long, long ties to Idaho, and know the state as well as anyone. Beyond them, his team is all Idaho. And the coordinated campaign that will be getting out the vote on November 7 for all Democratic candidates is local, as well. It's a network of paid coordinators and local volunteers.

This is probably the most marked difference between this campaign and the 1994 campaign that started the critical demise of the Democratic Party in Idaho. That was the election in which Democrats lost the 1st district and all but one statewide offices, and Democrats kept just 13 out of 70 seats in the state legislature. And this was a campaign that involved the DCCC, the DNC, and a number of out of state consultants who convinced us that we could do the job more cheaply and efficiently by using out of state call centers for GOTV calls. You can see how well that worked out.

The 1994 wave would have hit Idaho hard, anyway, but a more localized campaign likely would have salvaged some legislative seats, and certainly would have helped keep the network of stalwart volunteers and party workers engaged for the next election. Instead, Idaho Democrats have remained in the wilderness for 12 long years. But this election is changing that. Win or lose in 2006, a state-wide party structure is back in place, making Idaho Democrats more competitive for the critical Senate election in 2008 and beyond.

Now on to the photos. This one is my favorite. This is Kossack Old Timer (also known as my father) with his old friend Governor Cecil Andrus (right).

Larry Grant speaks with Controller candidate Jackie Groves-Twilegar and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

Larry Grant with Bethine and Chase Church.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez firing up the crowd.

Larry and Ms. Sanchez.

Governor Schweitzer and Jerry Brady with the Boise skyline.

Larry and a soon-to-be constituent.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:08 PM PDT.

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  •  I'm hanging out in the Boise Airport (28+ / 0-)

    The flight to Denver should get here any minute now (two hours late) and then I'm off, final destination Kearney, NE.

    But at least the Boise airport has good wireless, so I could get this posted.

    "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:08:21 PM PDT

  •  DCCC (6+ / 0-)

    I hate to say it but I get the impression that they won't support candidate in a major way unless they are bound to Emanuel and to his credit.

    The greater glory of Rahm seems to be the guiding principle.

    •  So it seems (2+ / 0-)
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      Kestrel, Geekesque

      If Grant wins, he's going to be eating some crow.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:12:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Grant owes Rahm etc NADA = GREAT! (2+ / 0-)
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      lipris, Christopher Walker


      if the Dems win,

      the new people can clean out their stuck-in-1990 'leadership'?


      by seabos84 on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:15:34 PM PDT

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    •  Not Really (0+ / 0-)

      The DCCC doesn't have unlimited resources as you might have guessed.  And there are dozens of deserving candidates.

      "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

      by tmendoza on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:21:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  But media is so cheap in Idaho... (4+ / 0-) seems worth dropping $50K or $100K, and that might make the difference.  

        The DCCC should set aside some funds for slightly riskier but cheaper investments.  Even if Grant doesn't win, that $50K or $100K will force the Republicans to spend disproportionately more.  The DCCC should be funding races like this, because it is a way of killing the Republicans with a thousand cuts.  What's another $50K in the Philly suburbs?  Do we need to spend more on Sestak, as good as he is, with Weldon imploding?  Grant could win this thing.  

    •  Heard that too (0+ / 0-)

      DCCC funding comes with too many strings attached, for one thing about calling the shots in the campaign.

    •  Hardly a surprise... (1+ / 0-)
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      After all, Rahm Emanuel owes his initial election to Congress to the efforts of the notorious Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) here in Chicago.  (For those of you who are out there in scenic Idaho and have no idea of what HDO is, I must point out that in fact it is anything but Hispanic or Democratic.  Rather, it is an organization of political hacks and other assorted lowlife put together by Mayor Daley as his own personal political machine... to hell with having to rely on Democratic Party ward organizations.  While they have helped Daley dominate most of the heavily-Hispanic wards of Chicago, of late they have had declining success, as a number of their key leaders are investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office.)

    •  that will work to our extreme advantage (2+ / 0-)
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      If Grant wins, he will be one of many new first-term Democrats in Congress who owe their seats to their constituents and those of us in the netroots who have supported them.  That means when Emanuel needs votes for some heinous pro-business, anti-progressive measure, we will have more leverage with Grant (and others like him) than the Democratic Establishment will.  

  •  IDAHO going to the Dems? (4+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, Geekesque, fuzzex, Randall Sherman

    Wow.....miracles do happen! I never thought I would see that.  And its also partially due to all the hard work done by people like us who are getting out the vote!

    Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

    by fireflynw on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:12:34 PM PDT

    •  The Midwest and Mountain West (2+ / 0-)
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      have long traditions of progressive governance and activism.  Idaho, for example, sent Frank Church to the U.S. Senate for years.  Montana did the same with Mike Mansfield. What we are starting to see is the return of these regions to their natural political alignment. It may not all coalesce for us this time around, but it is happening.  The only thing that surprises me is to see how quickly it's happening, and for that we have George W. Bush and the Republicans to thank, for being so stupid and arrogant and overreaching so much.  In that sense, we also will owe a debt to Howard Dean for recognizing and implementing the strategy.  Whether Grant gets elected this time (and he very well may), it will be impossible for Democrats to ignore these regions any longer.

      •  It's quick, but (2+ / 0-)
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        it is also due to a lot of hard work for a number of years.  Governor Schweizer has been rising in Montana since at least 2000 when he almost (and should have) beaten Burns the last time he ran for reelection.  Colorado saw the St Leg turn a couple of election cycles ago.  In other words, there were som breakthroughs but what is important and impressive is that those breakthroughs were not allowed to become flukes.  The parties in those states worked to make them more permanent and to build the infrastructure needed to expand.  

        •  in years past (0+ / 0-)

          Democrats have scored many similar victories (and near misses like Schweitzer's in 2000 — I had forgotten about that until you reminded me).  And you're right, many of those potential opportunities turned out to be "flukes" only because the party didn't try to capitalize on them.  Now I think some of the so-called "adults in the Party" are clueing in.

  •  Thanks, mcjoan. (4+ / 0-)
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    lipris, mcjoan, Geekesque, ca democrat

    Is it too late to contribute? If not, how about putting the
    "contribute" link/button on the front-page portion of the story.

    Thanks again!

    "...hope is not the equivalent of optimism. Its opposite is not pessimism but despair. So I'm always hopeful." William Sloane Coffin

    by mxwing on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:12:42 PM PDT

  •  Ok, packing up the computer (3+ / 0-)
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    lipris, mxwing, Christopher Walker

    Wish I could stay and chat.

    "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:17:32 PM PDT

  •  i so love what you are bringing to us, (5+ / 0-)

    mcjoan. what a great series.

    i don't understand why things like "buying idaho" should seem so unconventional. that just seems to make sense. why not hire those who not only know the candidate, but the local landscape as well. i certainly hope that not too long from now such practices will be far more commonplace and won't seem so "revolutionary".

    stuff like this seems like a no brainer to me.

    oh, and hope you could say "hi" to your pop for us!

    "joke about the rapture here"

    send NYBri to the NY state senate!

    by lipris on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:18:39 PM PDT

  •  Rahm... (3+ / 0-)

    anyone have any guesses what happens to him when we get the majority? It seems to me that he has DeLay envy. He has already been describes as being "our Tom DeLay". I vehemently disagree with some of Rahm's strategies more often than not, and I'm guessing that he is looking at the Whip position under Pelosi. He is not gonna stay as DCCC chair because I think that changes every cycle...however it seems to me that Rahm is looking at a future in the leadership and I can think of nothing worse for the party than having that man in a position of big power in the caucus. I know he will take credit, and he will get fawning profiles in magazines and newspapers should we win....but there's gotta be some sort of effort at trying to show how he was initially an obstacle to regaining the House by ignoring people like Grant and continuing the old and losing 12 state strategy of targetting 20 seats.

    "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

    by michael1104 on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 01:28:51 PM PDT

    •  His power will have limits (2+ / 0-)

      People to whom he gave no help won't owe him anything.

      That said, Emanuel isn't stupid, and he knows politics well, within his range.  I don't think he'll be anywhere as evil as DeLay, and certainly not as powerful.

    •  I don't think that's a totally valid (0+ / 0-)

      comparison. After all, DeLay is the spawn of Satan.

      I do hope he has the generosity to recognize how important it was for Dean to start picking up the pieces in the Western states like Wyoming, Alaska and Idaho. We may not win any races in those places right now, but making the Rethugs sweat in all of them is incredibly valuable.

      "No, I don't want to respond to him. He's at 20 percent in the polls. No one listens to him. He has no credibility. It's ridiculous." - Joe Biden on the VP

      by The Lighthouse Keeper on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:08:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The literal direction of the Democratic Party (2+ / 0-)
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    "I have to give a lot of credit to Howard Dean and the 50-state strategy," Stallings said. "I think he recognized that if the party's going to be competitive nationally they've got to either reach to the South or the West and I don't see that happening in the South. The West is really the potential for growth."

    This seems to be one of the hottest conversations amongst kossacks right now.  Which direction do we move?

  •  What a great diary (3+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, Green Zombie, Randall Sherman

    I love that photo of the Boise skyline.  I was remembering the Sleepless Summer Tour of the Dean for America Campaign. They stopped off in Idaho on the way to that phenomenal Seattle stop. Idaho really came out and met the plane and they had a wonderful rally (I can't remember what town it was)

    There is good reason to hope for Idaho.

    •  That was also in Boise (1+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Walker

      He stopped at the airport and it was a great event.  I didn't know much about Dean at the time, but wanted to see what a contender for the presidency was doing in Idaho.  He won me over that day and I've been a fan ever since.  He would have been a great president, which is why the Media attacked him so hard.

      if (Kos) doesn't like what goes on here, he can start his own damn website! - Major Danby

      by Green Zombie on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 03:30:38 PM PDT

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  •  As some of us have ... (5+ / 0-)

    ...been saying since, well, forever, the key to winning is building Democratic Party infrastructure EVERYwhere. How great finally to have a Democrat at the top - Governor Dean - who agrees with us. How great to see dividends being paid on this practically before the effort is a toddler.

    Go Idaho! Go Montana! Go red districts in blue states. Go purple districts in red states.

    Next time, go red districts in red states.

    •  Agreed, with a caveat (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think the discussion is centered on running viable candidates in all 50 states as much as the overarching national platform and faces involved. Is it in our future to add a Richardson or Schweitzer to a ticket to balance out the West compared to the Edwards/Bentsens Southerners of the past? Do we throw bones to the (and pardon the overgeneralization) social conservatives of the South or the social libertarians of the West?

      •  Well, I'd vote for the social libertarians ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Christopher Walker

        ...because that's the one area I agree with libertarians. But, then, if I were in charge of the Democratic platform, there would be a lot of unhappy Dems, including a lot of unhappy Kossacks.

        I'm not saying we can, at the moment, or in '08 or '10, run a Democrat who is worthy of the name in EVERY district in the States. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't have a Democratic infrastructure everywhere. Demographics change, circumstances change, and having an infrastructure in place means being politically prepared for those changes. It also means turning out more Dems for statewide and national races.

        •  Might be less time than you think (0+ / 0-)

          I spent the last 18 months in Florida and there seemed to be a small-medium exodus of middle class Democrats leaving the state because they were sick of Jeb and spiraling mortgages. Two of the states they seemed to be moving to in the most numbers were Arkansas and Tennessee (along with both Carolinas). These two states could potentially start getting a lot more purple in a hurry. The amazing poll numbers in Arkansas may be due in a very small part to these migrations.

          •  Add Illinois in my case.... (0+ / 0-)

            ...and yes, it was mortgages and the dramatic spike in homeowner's insurance (+71% and up!) that did us in.

            I'm in a nice safe blue state with an unopposed Democratic congresscritter.  Early voting felt like a mail-in for us.

            One thing the D's can do in Florida is stand firmly towards managed growth.  People of both parties in my old state are strongly opposed to the unfettered growth that is taking place now.

            Alton IL

            Remember New Orleans

            by AAbshier on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:23:53 PM PDT

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      •  Go West, Young Man (0+ / 0-)

        and reap your political fortune.

        Actually, fielding candidates nationwide is really the first goal of the 50-state strategy.  By being a nationwide presence we will make our values felt.  

        As to your second question...yes, for the national tickets we will start to turn our attention from the South to the Mountain states.  Considering that many of our up-and-coming politicians (Richardson and Schweitzer to name just two) are from that region, we would have gone that way anyway.  But the realignment that will come from the 50-state strategy will accelerate that trend.

      •  Let's just pick the right candidates regardless (0+ / 0-)

        of region. This strateegery has gotten us nowhere. The right candidate being one who supports party principles in words and deeds.
        Feingold is my presidential choice now but oh, would I love to have Dean again!

  •  "Cheney to land in Cd'A next week" (0+ / 0-)

    That's right, the vice-president will be coming to Coeur d'Alene next Thursday, possibly to campaign for Bill Sali. Details at the Coeur d'Alene Press

    One of the bloggers at the Spokesman-Review speculates at the reasons for the visit

    Maybe while the vice-president is visiting north Idaho he'll make a trip to visit Cathy McMorris in WA-05.

    •  Coeur d'Alene? Home of the white supremacists? (0+ / 0-)

      Did anyone on the R side think this one through?  Oh, they didn't.  Darn.

      Hopefully the good people of Cd'A will give Cheney a welcome he won't forget.

      Alton IL

      Remember New Orleans

      by AAbshier on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:26:40 PM PDT

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      •  White supremacists were in Hayden (1+ / 0-)
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        The operative word being "were". If I recall correctly their leader died a few years ago and they had to sell the compound. The northern part of Idaho seems to be trending more progressive, especially as places like Sandpoint rely more on tourism. Moscow (across the boarder from where I live in Washington) is a fairly progressive place as well.

        •  Yeah, the supremacists have left (2+ / 0-)
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          but they just smoothed the road for a lot of white flight Reagan spawn from Orange County. CDA was still pretty blue when it was just the Aryan Nations hanging around, but anymore guys like Cheney will draw a pretty rabid crowd.

          I left Moscow about 10 years ago, worst mistake I ever made. Moscow-Pullman has always been a proudly progressive oasis. Hopefully some of the towns up north are following suit, like you say.

          resist much, obey little

          by frankzappatista on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:52:18 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for coming to Idaho, McJoan (6+ / 0-)

    And especially, thank you for all the publicity you have given to the very important races here.  We Idaho dems often feel downtrodden and disregarded by the rest of the country, but actually feel some hope for the first time in a long time!  Your recent blogging has confirmed our hopes and given us yet more.  

    Hope you enjoyed the beautiful sight of snow in the Boise foothills yesterday morning (you can see it if you look closely in the background of the photo of Governor Schweitzer and (soon to be) Governor Brady.

  •  thrilled (4+ / 0-)

    i just want to say how thrilled i am by this new direction in idaho.  i was born in boise and come from a politically active family.  my mother has been deeply involved in democratic politics, particularly in ada county (this includes boise).  it has been heartbreaking to see her work so hard for so many years, only to be crushed again and again.

    i am stunned to see idaho races front-paged here.  it's great.  thank you to all of the hard working idaho democrats!

  •  This is exactly why when Pelosi drains the swamp. (0+ / 0-)

    Emmanual and other DC obstructionists must go also - clean the Democratic party at the same time.

  •  Earl (1+ / 0-)
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    For any Idahoans who may have attended this event, what did you think of Congressman Blumenauer? He's been involved in Portland politics for so long, it would be nice to get some outside opinions. I really hope he campaigns against Gordon Smith in 2008 (more than Kitzhaber) for the Senate seat. Earl Blumenauer and Ron Wyden would give Oregon two of the most positive, progressive uber-wonks in Congress, keeping the peaceful and bipartisan legacy of Mark Hatfield alive.

    •  A much better sense of humor (1+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Walker

      than I ever knew. Deep commitment to the party, (he's given more than the DCCC to Grant). One of the folks I talked to in Idaho attended a transportation roundtable he was in on while in town. She was impressed with his participation--the questions he asked, the attention he paid, how well informed he was.

      He's great.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 04:11:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for the on-the-ground assessment (1+ / 0-)
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    Fascinating. I'm jealous. I guess, being married with a child and with a demanding full-time job, there's no way I could ever do that. I'm glad you are. I can't wait to see your posts on the Kleeb race.

    "No, I don't want to respond to him. He's at 20 percent in the polls. No one listens to him. He has no credibility. It's ridiculous." - Joe Biden on the VP

    by The Lighthouse Keeper on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:10:09 PM PDT

  •  It's good to see . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    the moribund IdaDem's getting involved again.  After the '94 sweep, it was as if the democratic party simply didn't exist anymore.  There were still some die-hards (thankfully), but the party of Cecil Andrus and Frank Church just seemed to all but disappear.  

    Personally, I think that the resurgence of the party has a lot to do with the quality of the candidates that the Idadems have fielded this year.  Jerry Brady and Larry Grant have revitalized the party, and caused a lot of R-leaners to re-think their allegience.  A lot of Idahoans are tired of one party rule.  I also think that Richard Stallings has done a good job.  

    However, I, for one, have great concerns about what happens next.  It's still an uphill battle for Brady and Grant, and if they lose, I'm afraid it will demoralize a lot of people.  We still only have a handful of state reps/senators, and if we're really going to see a strong Idadem party, we're going to have to start winning races outside of Boise and Sun Valley.  

    Thanks for the coverage of this race, mcjoan.  Getting some national attention, from somewhere, has been a great morale booster for a lot of us in the Gem state.  

    Go Larry!  and Jerry!  and while I'm at it, Go Jim!

  •  What the latest polling for ID-Gov? (n/t) (0+ / 0-)
  •  Idaho editorial round-up (0+ / 0-)


    Now Hypnocrites cartoons are for sale on T-Shirts, buttons, and more.

    by dhonig on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 02:46:52 PM PDT

  •  Here's just an example of the BS in ID (0+ / 0-)

    I no longer live in ID but here's an example of the hubris exhibited by the state legislature while I lived there:

    Idaho voters passed term limits on their legislature, statewide officeholders and local officeholders in 1994 by 59% of the vote. In 1998, the legislature placed an "advisory" question on the ballot, asking voters to reaffirm their support of term limits. Voters did so. In 2001, state and local office holders sued Idaho voters in a case that made its way to the Idaho Supreme Court, where the court ruled term limits constitutional. In February 2002, the Idaho Legislature ignored the vote of the people and became the first state in the nation to repeal their term limits law.

    The explanation for the repeal?

    ...they decided to just take the law off the books, saying they felt voters were duped by campaigns waged by groups like US Term Limits.

    However --

    Almost a third of the votes against the repeal came from Idaho's tiny Democratic faction, which number only 12 between the House and the Senate. In part, they say, they're voting against the repeal as a statement about the overwhelming power of Republicans in the state.

  •  Donated $50 (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you Kos for giving us the opportunity to affect outcomes with our pocketbooks on top of our votes.

    "Could an omnipotent being create a rock so heavy that even that being could not lift it?"

    by awkawk on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 04:18:34 PM PDT

  •  getting in very late with love for Howard Dean (0+ / 0-)

    I was making phone calls for Darcy Burner today, so I'm just now getting to my reading for the day.  But I still needed to say this:

    I love Howard Dean

    In a manly, heterosexual way, of course.

    I've been thinking back to this date exactly four years ago.  While I don't think I had quite stated it to myself with certainty, I was already moving rapidly toward committing to Dean's presidential run.  Within two months, I would make my first monetary contribution to DFA.

    I cannot, in my wildest speculations, imagine that I'll give anyone any 2008 presidential contributions anytime soon.

    You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen
    Blogging at Peace Tree Farm

    by N in Seattle on Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 08:46:46 PM PDT

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