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Democrat state convention starts today at Cd'A Casino

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:00 am

The Idaho Democratic Party today opens its 2010 state convention at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley.

The event runs through Saturday night, ending with a gala reception and banquet with a keynote address by former Montana Congressman Pat Williams. State Democratic Party officials plan to adopt the 2010 platform and conduct other convention business, said Jim Hansen, state party executive director. Convention events will be in one of the casino resort's conference rooms.

The gala reception and banquet event will include speeches from the Democrats' gubernatorial candidate, Keith Allred; U.S. Senate candidate, Tom Sullivan; and state superintendent of public instruction candidate, Stan Olson.

Allred, in an interview with The Press Thursday, said he will be talking about the momentum his campaign has seen.

Allred, who lives in Eagle and grew up in Twin Falls, said a Rasmussen Reports poll shows he's closing on Gov. Butch Otter.

"It has us on pace for a dead-heat race by September," Allred said.

He said he has also raised more money than Otter so far this year, and earned a higher percentage share of the primary vote against his opponent in the recent primary than Otter did against multiple Republican challengers in that party's primary.

He said Otter is vulnerable because of cuts to state education spending.

Hansen said a fundraiser for Allred will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15 for students, and $25 for others, and includes a lunch.

A fundraiser for Olson will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. today, with tickets available at the door for $25 per person, including lunch, Hansen said.

Gala and banquet event tickets are $35 per person, with the reception starting at 5:30 p.m. and speakers beginning at shortly before 8 p.m., he said.

To benefit the Kootenai County Democrats, a barbecue fundraiser will be at state party vice chair Jeanne Buell's ranch in Worley, at 8467 W. Sunny Slopes Road, said Thom George, county Democrats chairman.

The barbecue will start at 4:45 p.m., and tickets will be $20 per person.

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  • straight up posted at 4:47 pm on Sat, Jun 12, 2010.

    straight up Posts: 967

    Overheard from a local party leader.

    "I just flew in from Coeur d'Alene and boy are my ears tired."

    Ba Da Bing!

  • Kconner posted at 12:15 pm on Sat, Jun 12, 2010.

    Kconner Posts: 327

    How fitting, the Democrat state convention being held at a casino. Since they gambled away the future of America - they should feel right at home.

  • Insider posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    Insider Posts: 360

    Are both of the Democrats going? Should be a hoot.

  • Dan Gookin posted at 10:37 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 761

    You're right: Allred might be as useless as the Otter and Kempthorne. Who knows?

    Or were you expecting a "How many Idaho Democrats does it take to make a convention" joke? :)

  • Triumph posted at 10:27 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    Triumph Posts: 673

    That makes no sense Dano

  • Dan Gookin posted at 10:03 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 761

    At least with Allred in office this state will actually have a governor. Aside from a brief stint by Risch, the office of Governor has sat vacant in Idaho for about 20 years.

  • LONEWOLFMP posted at 7:17 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    LONEWOLFMP Posts: 46

    The Convention "Stats"

  • eleven20 posted at 4:56 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    eleven20 Posts: 142

    wait a minute..the a Casino... How appropriate for them to be there as a echo of their president... "if we keep spending more, it will pay off!!"... ha ha ha ha

  • TakeBackTheUSA posted at 1:36 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.

    TakeBackTheUSA Posts: 765

    Ok, I'm all for kicking Otter to the curb but for a libdem to think he has a shot in this state is more than a couple of bricks short. I'm also not surprised at all that the libdems chose the indian casino for their powwow. After all, who screams 'GIMME' louder than the local redskins.

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