The Idaho Democratic Party had its convention this weekend in Idaho Falls, and I can tell you: We are ready to win this fall. With every passing week, the party's message gets stronger and more compelling - and that certainly was the case once we'd hammered out the last details in the platform Saturday afternoon.
If you could boil it down to five words, it'd be: Idaho is not for sale. That's Jerry Brady's slogan, but we'll all run with it. From preserving access to public lands to keeping our air and water clean to building strong local economies that lift every boat (not just the yachts), Democrats are standing up for working Idahoans. We're fired up, we're not distracted by wedge issues, and we're one helll of a lot more unified than the GOP seemed to be following their contentious convention last week.
Now, Idaho Falls is a Republican stronghold, but even here, the tide may be turning. Check out d2's entry at 43rd State Blues about a conversation with the clerk at a local motel, who said:
"I think you're gonna have a good election this year. My mom's always voted Republican, and she's had enough. The last straw was when she found out that everything at the Republican convention last week seemed to focus on how to keep non-Republicans from voting. I mean, that's just wrong. Everyone's supposed to vote."
Lieutenant Gov. candidate Larry LaRocco was standing there, too, and D2 notes how this probably would end up in a stump speech. Indeed it did, just hours later at the evening banquet.
Some personal notes: I've written about Larry Grant's barbecue here at Grassroots for Grant. And as an Ada County delegate, I especially enjoyed taking part in the final platform hearing Saturday. I suggested two changes that sailed through unanimously: changing the introductory phrase of the platform from "We advocate these ..." to "We stand for these ..." and, in a section on energy, suggesting that we back not just the development but the development and use of public transportation. Woo hoo.
I'll add a link to the whole platform when I get a chance. For now, though, I am continuing east into Wyoming for a few days wearing my travel-writer's hat. I'll send a blog postcard if I get some good access; otherwise, I'll be back online by midweek.