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Tea Party Influence Faces Idaho Test

The upcoming Idaho Republican Party convention, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday, will show whether Idaho's tea-party tide will rise further or if it's on the ebb in this election year, writess AP reporter John Miller. Miller reports that at the party's 2008 Sandpoint convention, as well as the 2010 edition in Idaho Falls, mainstream Republicans rolled their eyes as libertarians added planks to the party platform — the GOP's guiding document — urging the Federal Reserve's abolition, the gold standard's resurrection, support for “nullifying” federal laws and abandoning popular elections of U.S. senators. Yet tea party candidates were repudiated in May's GOP primary, with several high-profile challenges to mainstream GOP incumbents falling far short/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Will the Tea Party emerge stronger/as strong/weaker from Idaho Republican Party convention?

Idaho Dems Want Troops Back Home

Delegates altered their party’s platform to reflect their feeling on the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 2008 platform, delegates that they would like to see an end to the war in Iraq. That statement was changed last weekend to include the war in Afghanistan, despite objections from some party members. Chryssa Rich, representing Ada County, said in early platform meetings that the statement on withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would contradict the philosophy of the party’s national figurehead, President Barack Obama, who, in December of 2009, announced plans to send 30,000 additional troops to the area to quell rising insurgent violence/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do party platforms have any real value?

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?

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