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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. Idaho Democratic Party chairman Larry Kenck presides over the

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Rep. Ward-Engelking tops list for vacant Boise Senate seat

Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking is the first choice of Southeast Boise Democrats to fill the vacancy left by the Dec. 1 resignation of Democratic Sen. Branden Durst. Ward-Engelking is a retired teacher who was elected to the House last year. The

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Democrat Balukoff looks likely to enter 2014 Idaho governor’s race

Boise School Board Trustee A.J. Balukoff will announce whether he’ll run for governor on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Elementary School. According to a media advisory from the Idaho Democratic Party, the public is invited to attend — a

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Postscript on Conley Ward: A partisan with a conscience

Conley Ward’s death Monday was mourned across the Idaho political spectrum, in part because the former state Democratic Party chairman was such a decent man. “He was a good guy,” former GOP Gov. Phil Batt told me Tuesday. Batt was

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Idaho Democrats: We have a (secret) plan …

No big campaign announcements came out of Idaho Democratic Party meetings last week in Twin Falls. No Democrat has publicly announced a campaign for governor, superintendent of public instruction or any other state office. But in a news release, the

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Idaho Democrats’ new LGBTA Caucus to hold ‘Coming Out’ party Friday

The newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Caucus will be holding a “Coming Out” membership drive to coincide with the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. The party is Friday at 6 p.m. at Solid in Downtown

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Democrats quiz Idahoans on education issues

On its web page, the Idaho Democratic Party is asking voters seven quick questions about education. Among other things, they’re asking about teacher salaries and class sizes. They’re also asking about pre-kindergarten, a concept popular with many education and business leaders, but

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Otter’s economic ‘magic’ a failure, says top Idaho Democrat

In a searing essay submitted to Idaho newspapers, state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck says GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s economic policies have failed, citing falling wages, higher food stamp rolls and tax cuts for high earners that haven’t paid off.

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Awaiting dominoes, Jimmy Farris eyes Idaho Legislature

Democrat Jimmy Farris said Monday that he’s leaning toward running for the Legislature in Boise next year, acknowledging that a rematch with GOP Congressman Raul Labrador would be a long shot. Farris got 31 percent of the vote against Labrador

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Getting stronger?: Idaho Democrats begin nine-stop caucus road show Friday

One of the nation’s weakest Democratic parties says it’s getting stronger, in part because of new caucuses representing business, youth, women, veterans, Latinos, Mormons and LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). On Friday, the party begins a nine-city string of caucus

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