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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?

Idaho Dems Told To Engage Younger Gen

(Oregon lawmaker Jefferson) Smith, pictured, offered four suggestions for Idaho Democrats (gathered in Worley this weekend for their state convention) to use in both campaign material and public policy work in the future that he believes will make them stand out to voters in the state.  Smith said that Democrats should engage in “economic gardening,” a process of investing in local businesses instead of working to attract outside companies to the area, as well as lead the state in looking for water infrastructure projects for the future.  Democrats should also look to makeIdaho schools more energy efficient, Smith said, by using public bonds to fund projects and then use savings in the energy costs to fund the bonds. Smith also believes that Idaho Democrats could gain notoriety by encouraging public schools to use locally-grown food in cafeterias, which, he said would create jobs and provide more nutritious foods for students/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: What’s the best Idaho Democrats can hope for in the 2010 elections?

Labrador: Democrats Are Worried

Democrat activist Jill Kuraitis wrote on her blog:

“Labrador ran a solid low-budget campaign … based on his own solid and authentic grasp of state and national issues. Expect a fierce [general election] campaign. Both men are intelligent, principled and stubborn as mules.”  Read the full article here.

And here is the take from Joan McCarter of the very liberal Daily Kos:

“Unfortunately for the incumbent, Democrat Walt Minnick [Labrador won], because his best chance for holding onto his seat was [Labrador’s opponent], who was unlikely to generate the kind of enthusiasm Labrador can garner. The best a Democrat can hope for [now] is low Republican turnout.”  Read the full article here.

From Raul Labrador Twitter

Question: Do you think state Rep. Raul Labrador worries Walt Minnick supporters?

Idaho D’s: Don’t Raise Solon Pay

Back in June, a citizens committee recommended that state legislators get a 5 percent raise this year, from $16,116 to $16,921, effective this month. The committee’s recommendation takes effect unless lawmakers reject it by concurrent resolution prior to the 25th day of the upcoming legislative session, which starts Jan. 12. Now, Democratic legislators are calling for rejecting the raise. “Simply put, we are unwilling to take the pay raise recommended by the compensation committee at a time when so many Idaho families and small businesses are hurting,” said Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, who said he’ll introduce a resolution in the Senate in January to reject the pay boost/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should Idaho legislators raise their own pay next session?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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