Just got this email from the Obama campaign:
Every four years, the Democratic Party assembles a platform that outlines the party's position on a number of issues. Traditionally, the drafting of the platform is not open to ordinary people.This year, that's going to change.
For two weeks in July, people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their own communities to discuss the issues and share their input. The outcome of these meetings will be reviewed by the Drafting Committee as it creates the final Platform.
The window for meetings is July 19-27, which is actually just over a week. No meetings have been set up in Boise yet, but if you're game to do so, you can get info here. The campaign suggests that rather than tackle the task of writing an entire platform, meeting organizers choose to focus on one key plank. It'd be great to see separate meetings emerge in Idaho population centers on such key topics as energy and the environment, the economy, education, health care, and America's role in the world.