Big weekend for Ada, Idaho Democrats, events in Boise and Twin Falls

Ada County Democrats hold a major fundraising event Friday night, the biennial JFK Banquet and Silent Auction, headlined by voter-registration guru Jefferson Smith and touting Rep. Shirley Ringo’s challenge to GOP Congressman Raul Labrador.

Raymond Buckley, president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, also will speak at the JFK Banquet. A reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hotel, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and available online.

Buckley, of New Hampshire, will also speak Saturday in Twin Falls, at the fall Idaho Democratic Party Central Committee meeting. Buckley’s 7 p.m. speech is open to reporters, but the rest of the meeting is a closed event for party officials.

News releases from the Ada Democrats and Idaho Democratic Party follow:

 Ada County Democrats to Host JFK Banquet & Silent Auction

Boise, Idaho— The Ada County Democrats are hosting their biennial JFK Banquet and Silent Auction this Friday, October 25, 2013 at The Grove Hotel.  The fundraising event will present guest speaker Jefferson Smith, the two-term lawmaker and co-founder of The Bus Project, a widely successful civic engagement group in Oregon.   Founded in 2001, The Bus Project is credited with a 6% expansion of the electorate in 2006. Further proof of the organization’s success was the change in majority party of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.

We are honored to have Association of State Democratic Chairs President Raymond Buckley sharing his wisdom and experience as well. Additionally, we will hear from 2014 Idaho Democratic candidates such as our 1st Congressional District candidate, State Rep. Shirley Ringo.

The Ada County Democrats support the interests of Democratic citizens and Idaho Democratic lawmakers in the Ada County area.

Who:              Ada County Democrats

What:             JFK Banquet and Silent Auction

When:            Friday, Oct 25, 2013

Time:             6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner

Where:          The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702


ASDC President to Speak at Boise and Twin Falls Idaho Dem Events

Boise, Idaho—The Idaho Democratic Party is honored to host Raymond Buckley, President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, this weekend.

Buckley will be among several great speakers Friday night (10/25) at the Ada County Democratic Party JFK Banquet in Boise’s Grove Hotel. On Saturday (10/26), Buckley is the featured speaker for the 7 p.m. dinner for the fall Idaho State Democratic Party Central Committee meeting at the Red Lion Inn, Twin Falls.

Buckley will share his knowledge about successful Democratic party efforts across the country. The organization that he presides over is one of several valuable allies for the efforts of the Idaho Democratic Party to bring balance back to Idaho.

NOTE: The JFK Banquet is open to press. Only the dinner on Saturday is open to press at the fall IDP central committee meeting.

More information on Raymond Buckley and the ASDC:

Raymond Buckley was elected President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) on January 21, 2009. The ASDC is located within the Democratic National Committee and has a mission to build strong state parties to elect Democrats in state and federal offices. The ASDC focuses on current and future needs of state Democratic parties.

Buckley, a New Hampshire native, has worked for numerous local, state and national campaigns, in addition to serving eight terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Buckley began his official political career as an organizer for Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, and went on to serve in high-ranking positions for the presidential campaigns of Mike Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Barack Obama. He has worked as a campaign manager for many local and state offices in New Hampshire, including Governor, U.S. Senate and Congress.

In January 2005, Buckley became Director of the New Hampshire Senate Democratic Caucus, where his efforts led to largest Democratic Senate majority in 150 years. Buckley was elected Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in March 2007, and oversaw dramatic Democratic victories in New Hampshire in November 2008. Prior to his election as State Chair, he served four terms as Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. He has held staff positions at the New Hampshire Democratic Party office, including four years as Executive Director and two cycles as New Hampshire Coordinated Campaign Director. Buckley was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1986, and served eight terms. He served as House Democratic Whip and the Deputy House Democratic Leader.

Since March 1999, Buckley has been a member of the Democratic National Committee. He has been elected twice as Chair of the DNC Eastern Region, and is a member of the DNC Gay and Lesbian Caucus. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the ASDC, three terms as a Vice President of the ASDC, and also served as Co-Chair of the ASDC Committee on the Help America Vote Act.

Buckley was active in the DNC Voting Rights Hearings in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan. Since 2001, he has served on Board of the National Stonewall Democrats and on their Executive Committee. In 2004, Buckley chaired the Stonewall Democrats National Convention. Buckley helped found the New Hampshire Citizens for Gay and Lesbian Rights and served on the Board of the New Hampshire Gay Pride Committee. He has also been involved with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In 2005, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch named Buckley as his representative on the New Hampshire Commission to Study Same Sex Marriage. Buckley has appeared on numerous New Hampshire and national television and radio programs, and hosted a long-running political talk show in Manchester.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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