Perhaps you've seen the orange-shirted gals and guys bounding around town on those stilt-like thing-a-ma-bobs. They're promoting Think Boise First, a new alliance of locally owned businesses that is asking us all to well, Think Boise First when it comes to spending our money. The group has had a rudimentary website up for a while now, and it was also featured in an Idaho Statesman story today. Eventually, the organization hopes to have a directory of locally owned shops and services. It's also part of the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Cool stuff.
Shea Andersen, for the past year the editor of Boise Weekly, writes in this week's issue that he's moving on and that Rachael Daigle is taking the reins. Best of luck to them both. Andersen bows out with a story that explores the West's key role in this year's Democratic presidential campaign, which mercifully wraps up in Montana this Tuesday. We hope. It'd be unfortunate to face High Noon rather than Love Story in Denver.
So the Twin Falls Western Days Parade planners are going to allow a local LGBT group into the procession on Saturday (after denying them that right last year). But according to this story in The Times-News, the Southern Idaho Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community Center will need to use the name "Southern Idaho Community Center" on its float and refrain from using "rainbows or other colors associated with gay pride." Um, that would be pink, I guess? (Elle Woods, what do you have to say about this?) I ran into RSR regular David Erin Anthony at our kids' school concert last night, and he said this is what the group ought to do: Put an outhouse on the float and paint on it, "I am not gay and never have been gay."
Forget the DNC's Rules Committee meeting in Washington on Saturday. The real political blood bath is brewing in the Idaho Republican Party, where the extremists are braying for chairman Kirk Sullivan's head. The fighting continues over the party's division over whether or not to close its primaries.
As already noted here at RSR, Saturday afternoon will bring a fun party for Larry LaRocco's Senate campaign on the Basque Block. Be sure to check that out if you're in town.
I leave you for the weekend with this thought from Michelle Obama, which she voiced at a Phoenix rally this week where a supporter voiced concerns over Barack Obama's safety on the campaign trail:
Fear is the reason this country is where it is today. Fear is a useless emotion.
Don't ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn't.
Don't ever make decisions based on fear.
Amen to that, sisters and brothers. I'm planning to spend most of Saturday and Sunday away from the computer, so feel free to add events below - and also react to whatever we hear from the rules meeting in DC.