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Democrats wrap up a harmonious convention

MOSCOW — Now what?

By sheer convention metrics, Idaho Democrats did what Idaho Republicans failed to do a week earlier. They concluded their business Saturday afternoon with a party platform and united leadership.

Larry Kenck, Democratic convention, 6.21.14
Idaho Democratic Party chairman Larry Kenck presides over the party’s convention Saturday in Moscow. Democrats approved the party’s platform on a unanimous vote.

They had plenty of laughs at the expense of a GOP that remains divided after its failed convention. “I am honored to be the chairman of this party,” state Democratic Chairman Larry Kenck said, stopping just short of naming Barry Peterson, who says he retains the chairmanship while other Republicans say he no longer has any claim to the position. “I am not the other guy.”

Now what? To a person, Democrats acknowledge that a harmonious convention does not guarantee a successful election. As the state’s minority party, they know the odds are against them.

But they also think a change in the air. They believe independent and Republican voters open to considering other options. “This time, people are willing to listen,” said state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones.

For more coverage of the convention, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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