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BOISE – In a state where Republicans hold all but one of the top elected offices and three-quarters of the seats in the Legislature, Idaho Democrats have consistently outperformed the GOP in one area: donations from the state’s tax form checkoff. Idahoans are given the opportunity to donate $1 apiece to the party of their choice on their state income tax returns; it doesn’t raise their taxes or lower their refunds. This year, 18,278 Idahoans sent their dollars to the Democratic Party, and 13,378 chose the GOP.
OLYMPIA – Echoing plans in the other Washington, Senate Democrats in Olympia detailed their plans Tuesday to combine “green jobs” with a renewed push for conservation and alternative sources of power. “We now have a partner in the federal government in a way that we haven’t had a partner in the past,” said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane. The Obama administration wants to spend $150 billion and create 5 million jobs over the next decade with clean-energy efforts.
WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats are putting the final touches on an economic stimulus package that will cost almost $850 billion, hoping to have the details of the legislation ready in time for President-elect Barack Obama to promote it on a trip to Ohio on Friday in which he hopes to build public support for the recovery plan. With the cost estimate almost tripling since shortly after Obama’s November election victory, the stimulus plan is expected to include at least $300 billion in tax cuts and close to $550 billion in domestic spending, making the pricetag of Obama’s first major legislative initiative almost equal to the annual cost of funding all federal agencies.
OLYMPIA – Trying to spark job growth, Democrats in Washington’s state Senate on Tuesday proposed a “middle-class jobs package” focused on retraining, environmental jobs and building infrastructure such as statewide high-speed Internet access. “We believe our first job is about jobs,” said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.
WASHINGTON – Eager to put the scandal-tainted standoff behind them, Senate Democrats accepted Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate successor Monday and said they expect to swear in the new Illinois senator this week. “He is now the senator-designate from Illinois and, as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a senator-elect,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a joint statement.
I came up with something important while my Presidential Press Posse rolled all over Spokane to experience Tuesday night’s historic election. My theory is that there is a very good reason why Republicans and Democrats hold their election festivities in separate hotels.
Cantwell speaks at Washington State Democratic convention, Saturday.
Republicans and Democrats voice their choices for their parties' presidential nominees at precinct caucuses Saturday, Feb. 9, in Spokane.
Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, addressed a packed crowd at the Fox Theater Friday afternoon.
BOISE – Idaho Democrats and independents stepped out of the shadows Tuesday, flocking to meeting halls across the state to help choose a presidential nominee in a wave of political involvement that excluded only the Republicans – the party that's long been in charge. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was the clear winner, taking Idaho by a large margin. A jubilant state Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark said he hopes that holds nationwide. "Our candidates are going to run better with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket than with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket, there's no question," he said. The Super Tuesday caucuses energized Democrats in a state where their party has long been viewed as small enough to be irrelevant.