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Edit: D’s Try To Exploit GOP Missteps

Idaho Democrats emerged from their state convention at Moscow last weekend having accomplished everything they had set out to do. The GOP implosion of a week earlier - no platform adopted, no officials elected and an ever-widening schism between its establishment and Tea Party wings - served as a perfect foil. Idaho's perpetual minority party demonstrated discipline and cohesiveness - leaving behind a party platform that was more aspirational than confrontational. After all, who could argue with "an economy that works for everyone," "a world class system of public education," "safe communities where famlies thrive" or "Democracy based on honesty"? When Democrats took a stand, it was to secure equal rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They acknowledged climate change and stood up for reproductive rights. And Democrats made clear corporations would be expected to "contribute their fair share and operate responsibly." But let's not get carried away/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Idaho Democrats can win only when the GOP falters. Could this be the year?

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