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MLK Day events include Tea Party?

Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will present an official state proclamation Monday at the state’s Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day celebration, which will begin Monday at noon on the second floor of the Idaho State Capitol, in the rotunda. The ceremony is sponsored by the Idaho Human Rights Commission, an agency for which Otter is proposing eliminating state funding in next year’s budget.

Interestingly, that’s also the date of the “Tea Party Convergence on the Capitol,” at which, according to the Boise Tea Party Web site, “Tea Party groups from all over Idaho are coming to Boise for the opening day of the Idaho Legislature.” (The Legislature actually opened Jan. 11, this past Monday.) That group has an event scheduled for the south Capitol steps at 11 a.m.

At the same time, the Idaho Community Action Network has scheduled its “Martin Luther King Action Day” at the capitol, including an event on the east steps. And the annual Boise State University Martin Luther King Day celebration, with events beginning at BSU at 9:30 and the annual march to the Capitol beginning at 10:45, originally had been scheduled for a rally at the Capitol immediately before the official state ceremony, but now those plans have changed. “Someone from student affairs called,” said Melissa Jensen, office manager for BSU public affairs. “They are going to end at City Hall instead,” and hold their rally there.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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