The holiday season is a time to be thankful for family, friends, a roof over our heads and food on our tables. But in this age of partisan bickering, GOP ethics violations, and Idaho’s political imbalance, it can be easy to lose sight of some of the other things we can be happy about. Politically speaking, here is what I am thankful for this season:
We are so excited to announce the beginning of our Messaging Team. Thank you to those that have agreed to spend a substantial chunk of their time as a member of our Messaging Team (MT): Senator Elliot Werk, Pam Baldwin, Representative Brian Cronin, Dean Ferguson, Shauneen Grange, Steve Berch, Russ Buschert, and Diane Kelly. We will have our first meeting on Friday December 2nd. The focus will be to start generating a messaging plan for the 2012 Legislative session. The team will meet weekly and be working from polling data and feedback received from the counties during the Strategic planning data collection process. Any ideas or feedback that you would like the team to consider can be sent to .
Last chance to Buy Blue
Our Buy Blue Auction closes tonight at midnight and there are still many great items left! Do your holiday shopping and contribute to a great cause at the same time.
The Idaho Supreme Court will hear two different redistricting challeges as 2012 begins.
Twin Falls, Owyhee, Teton and Kootenai counties will present their case first on January 5th. They have filed a lawsuit that states the current redistricting maps unneccesarily splits their counties. They have submitted an alternate map to the Supreme Court but details are hard to pin down as the mapping software available to the public during redistricting is no longer available.
From up North, Idaho, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, Clearwater, Lewis and Shoshone counties have filed a lawsuit on different grounds. They claim their large legislative districts dilute their representation and make it difficult for a legislator to navigate.
As we wait to hear the Idaho Supreme Court ruling on these two cases, we will move forward with the legislative districts as currently proposed. Information on the new districts is currently available and questions or requests can be directed to .
New IDP Office
A special thanks to Ed Kershner, Chris Lavelle, Brooke Hetemer, Ryan Russell, Dottie Lowe, and Tony Shallot who helped us move! We have relocated to 943 W. Overland Rd in Meridian. We are pleased to say that the IDP offices are now in a Gold Leed certified building that align with our values. With natural light, a focus on waste reduction and recycling, and multiple ways to reduce energy consumption, we are making our carbon footprint smaller and our capacity for growth even bigger!
Representative Chew works tirelessly for under-represented groups in our state. She empowers her constintuents and young people to get involved in the democratic process. A frequent visitor to our office over the past months, she has spent countless hours on the phone asking for contributions. She has also been supporting the Idaho Young Democrats as well as working with union organizations. Representative Chew walks her talk, always has a positive attitude and a cheerful word for everyone she encounters.