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Sun., May 28, 2006, 11:56 p.m.

Mailbag: Democrats As Idaho Cannon Fodder

Thom George: DFO wrote:"You guys provide cannon fodder for legislative races. Why not the county commissioner races?" Did you really mean to imply that the Dem's should provide "cannon fodder" for county races?

DFO: Indeed, I did, Thom; in truth, the D's chances of winning a county commission seat aren't usually good. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. At least, they should field a candidate to force R candidates to defend their records and/or approach to government. This year, a good Demo candidate who truly believed in making developers jump through hoops mighta had a good chance to win. By not fielding candidates for courthouse positions, I get the impression as an evaluator that the local D's still aren't ready to be anything more than a superminority party.

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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.