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TUESDAY, AUG. 22, 2006, 9:07 A.M.

Sara: Oh, To Vote In A Swing State

Sara Anderson: I went to UI precisely because it was a good deal. Out of state tuition is enormously expensive, and I just wasn't willing to pay it. With $5000 per year from my parents, and whatever I could earn through scholarships and working, I came out of school almost entirely debt-free. I even was able to find employment immediately after graduating. Now, keeping this state-funds-sharpened brain in Idaho is the harder part. I'm sticking around because my husband is eyeing law school, but after that, we're likely to get the heck out of here. Oh, to vote in a swing state ...

DFO: Indeed, Idaho would be as hard on a Democrat as Massachusetts is on a Republican. I've lived in only one swing state -- Montana. You'd think it was red. But Democrats Max Baucus and Pat Williams were part of the delegation back when. Baucus still is a U.S. senator. The Democrats in Montana are more blue-collar. Think Butte. Mebbe that's why they succeed in the Pacific Northwest, which is generally Flyover Country outside the big cities of which Montana has none.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.