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Eye On Boise

Tue., June 10, 2008, 10 a.m.

A tale of two conventions

With all the brouhaha about the factional fighting and leadership battle coming up at this weekend’s Idaho state GOP convention in Sandpoint (check out Dan Popkey’s latest article here about the newest candidate for state GOP chairman, Norm Semanko), there’s hardly been a peep about the state Democratic Party convention, which starts Thursday in Boise. The reason: No big fights, no big-name speakers, and low-key plans for the state’s minority party’s annual gathering. About 500 people are expected to attend the Dems’ convention, which will have a heavy focus on training for the campaign season ahead. “This is a heads-down, let’s-get-the-work-done convention,” said Chuck Oxley, state party spokesman. “The Democrats in Idaho are already fired up – what they need is training.”

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