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Idaho GOP Targets City LGBT Laws

Idaho, like other states, has gained some protections for its LGBT community through municipal ordinances banning discrimination in housing and employment.  It seems the Idaho State GOP just can’t stand that fact!  Yesterday at their annual Central Committee summer meeting the Republican Party leaders of Idaho passed a non-binding resolution urging the GOP-dominated legislature to rescind those protections, making them null and void. Thus far, the GOP-led Idaho Legislature has refused to add housing and workplace protections for gays and lesbians to the Idaho Human Rights Act.  This had led the LGBT community in a few cities to fight for housing and job protections via city ordinances.  And fight they have had to do/Cathy Kristopherson, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da. More here.


GOP Axes Plan For Candidate Vetting

Republican leaders in Idaho on Saturday dumped a plan calling for party officials to vet GOP primary election candidates, the AP reports. The rejection came at the Republican Party Central Committee's summer meeting in McCall, where the state's dominant political group was setting its policy direction for the year to come. The proposal was from former Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, as a way to pressure GOP candidates into adhering more to the wishes of their local party leaders, but it came under fire from an array of top Idaho Republicans, who said it would put decision-making in the hands of just a few people and disenfranchise broader GOP voters/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Methinks the Idaho GOP just dodged a bullet. This dumb idea might have been too extreme, even for the follow-the-leader GOP faithful. What do you think?

Square Dancers Visit Spokane

They come from 49 states and nine foreign countries, and they come here to dance. More than 5,200 dancers are expected to participate in the 61st National Square Dance Convention, which begins at the Convention Center today and runs through Saturday, sharing one day with Hoopfest. “We get quite a number of late registrations, so we may make it to 6,000 dancers,” said Don Pruitt, general chairman of the convention together with his wife, Cheryl Pruitt. The convention is organized by the Washington Square and Folk Dance Federation and features square dancing, round dancing, line dancing, clogging and some folk dancing. “It’s a very active group,” said Pruitt/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo: Jeanne Cozad, of Pasco, smiles as she pins on her ID badge with her husband, Jim Cozad, before the start of the 61st National Square Dance Convention)

Question: Do you know how to square dance?

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