Delegates at the Idaho state Democratic convention argued until 7 p.m. yesterday about the various planks of their party platform, but when it came time to approve the platform today, there were only four votes against it. “It was respectful and it was at times arguing over minutiae, but all of that minutiae is very important to the people who put it together,” said party spokesman Chuck Oxley. “Everybody felt like they aired out their issues.” Changes from the last state party platform include the addition of a plank on immigration reform, which states, “We support national immigration reform that is visionary, practical and humane.” There was also much debate about nuclear energy and the Areva uranium enrichment plant proposed for eastern Idaho, but in the end, the platform doesn’t specifically refer to the project, only backing “research and development toward innovative clean energy” and saying, “We support programs and agreements to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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