Ah, a holiday weekend ... and right after it, our Idaho primary Election Day. Every primary, we Idaho Democrats need to decide whether to vote on our side or vote for the least offensive Republicans on the other. (This is, of course, a key reason why Idaho Republicans want to close their primaries.) I have crossed over a time or two in my life, but only when I lived in Twin Falls County, where we rarely had any contested Dem primaries and even left many seats unchallenged in the 1990s.
There's one very good case to be made for voting in the Democratic primary, even if you live in the 1st CD and relish the idea of voting against Bill Sali and Jim Risch. Your Democratic votes help boost the tallies for people like Walt Minnick and Larry LaRocco, showing good levels of support for them even if they are essentially (in LaRocco's case) or literally (in Minnick's) running uncontested races.
And for 2nd District voters, this primary is especially important since we have a real choice between Debbie Holmes - a true progressive - and David Sneddon, who seems more intent on running away from the Democratic Party than joining it. If you haven't yet had a chance to meet Debbie, be sure to stop by her Memorial Day Ice Cream Social from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Boise's Municipal Park, or - if you live somewhere else - check out her website.
Finally, you can vote - again! - in the Democratic presidential nominating contest this Tuesday. True, it's only a "beauty contest" at this point, with no bearing on the nomination - but I for one want to see Barack Obama defeat Hillary Clinton as soundly in our primary as he did in the caucus.
You can find out where to vote here. Polls will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be sure to vote - and if you're a Democrat or a forward-thinking Independent, please vote Democratic.
Here's some more reading material for your long holiday weekend enjoyment:
Oregon superdelegate Jenny Greenleaf announces her support for Obama on the Blue Oregon blog. That's five more so far today, including one who flipped from Clinton.
Add your favorite links - and talk about your weekend plans - in the comments.Update: Here's info on a Memorial Day event you may want to attend ... Veterans for Peace (VFP) will hold its annual Memorial Day "Circle of Peace" Ceremony and Commemorative Cemetery at Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and State Street in Boise. The formal ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Monday and will last about 30 - 45 minutes. Headstones, crosses and the "Eyes Wide Open" display will be set up for public viewing and visitation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. VFP 117 will also staff an information table during the entire day. All are welcome. For more info about the event or volunteering please contact Dwight at 562-1463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.