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Sat., June 12, 2010, 11:42 p.m.

Convention Dems Boot Media, Family

For the first time in recent years, Idaho Democrats closed their official convention proceedings to family members of delegates as well as members of the media Saturday.  The move was initiated by party vice chair Jeanne Buell of Worley, who said she was only moving forward with closure due to concerns expressed to her by some delegates. Delegates and family members have spent Friday and Saturday at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley listening to stump speeches from various candidates and re-examining the party’s platform in several committee meetings.  All meetings were open to the general public until Saturday afternoon, when the party met as whole for a final time to decide what it would put in its platform.  As the meeting began, Buell said that some delegates had expressed concerns to her about a member of the media who had taped a speech by A.K. Lienhart-Minnick earlier in the da/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Seems to me that Idaho's minority Dems should be delighted that the media -- any media -- would take an interest in their politics at a state convention in a rural place like Worley. What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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