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Demos decide on delegates

Unanimous vote at caucus sends 33 to state convention

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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:30 pm | Updated: 9:21 am, Mon Apr 28, 2014.

COEUR d'ALENE - The Kootenai County Democrats caucus for delegates ended with a unanimous vote Saturday morning to send the 33 nominated delegates to the Idaho Democratic Party state convention in June.

More than 70 people attended the meeting in the Harding Center, a turnout that pleased many.

"I was really gratified by the number of people that showed up," said Paula Neils, chair of the Kootenai County Democratic Party. "We had a great show of strength for our party. Being an off-year election, I didn't know whether we would expect 30 or 100. I think that was a great turnout for us."

Neils presided over the meeting, which included discussions about topics that voters will be considering when they go to the polls during the May 20 primary election.

"The public lands issue is bubbling up, thanks to that guy in Nevada," Neils said. "If the state takes over public lands, we expect Republicans are going to try to sell them, and they're going to go into the hands of private people to make money off of them."

She said Idaho employment and education are critical issues as well.

"Certainly, education is just right up there," she said. "Without a good educational system, you're not going to attract good jobs, and without good jobs we can't have healthy families."

Delegate Roberta Larsen, who was born and raised in Idaho, said she is excited to be one of the representatives attending the state convention.

"I really feel that I need to contribute and do need to make changes in the state for the better of all the people," she said.

The meeting introduced Kootenai County Democrats to a few new faces, such as U.S. Senatorial candidate Nels Mitchell. Mitchell, of Boise, is a practicing lawyer with more than 30 years legal experience. He served as the enforcement director and regional trial counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission and is a part-time teacher at the University of Idaho Law School. He began his campaign two months ago and is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

"I've been enjoying campaigning. It's a lot of fun," he said. "I enjoy meeting people, listening to people, and it's an opportunity to not only travel the state but to learn more about what's important to the people of Idaho."

A father of two adult daughters, Mitchell said he thinks issues of concern to women are important.

"The person I'm running against has an abysmal record on those issues ... he does not think that birth control should be part of health insurance," Mitchell said. "You shouldn't have the Senate saying that birth control should not be part of health insurance."

Another newcomer to the political scene is 26-year-old Ryan Andrew Barone, who is seeking office with the U.S. House of Representatives. Many of the caucus attendees expressed their delight with Barone for having an interest in politics at such a young age.

"There definitely seems to be a greater number of Democrats than I think many people believe," he said. "It shows that we are gaining the momentum that we need."

One issue Barone mentioned was voter activity.

"Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, exercising your right to vote is the only way things are going to go the way that you want them to," he said.

He also said through data collection and surveys, he has found that a number of younger individuals on both sides of the political divide believe in equality and civil rights, issues he feels Idahoans are ready to face head-on.

"We need to absolutely end discrimination on every level and that's what I am standing up for," he said. "For everybody that really wants to end discrimination and assert that equality for each and every single individual, not only in Idaho, but in our nation, I am that voice."

Delegate names should be posted to by early next week. The Idaho Democratic Party state convention will be June 20-22 in Moscow.

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  • It Is Not My Fault posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    It Is Not My Fault Posts: 60

    JeanetteL please see my response to Oscar's cesspool comment if you don't like guns please find another place to try to change. Most of us are completely content with the way things are here. Washington is close and quite blue.

  • It Is Not My Fault posted at 3:18 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    It Is Not My Fault Posts: 60

    Cesspool? If that is you opinion why stay? Colorado is nice you could go there, or anywhere for that matter. Washington is close move there lots of dems. If you cannot appreciate Idaho then leave.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 3:37 pm on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 467

    JesusIsthe light has a point now...

    The repulicans are all about privatization for health care, so big business can reap larger money from "Joe Taxpayer" AND the individual going to any doctor for any visit.

    Taking over Federal Parks/Lands for sale to developers who trash and "pave paradise with a parking lot" then still come back for government handouts, taxation relief. Why pay for anything if we can capitalize AND get the government to protect our backsides. If we don't like it, we can protest to the Supreme court and stand up in Congress, ranting for hours about where the current president was born.

    The Republicans do not have decent arguements, shotty if best...HOWEVER! They seem to mulitple like rabbits in souther Idaho, where farmers and business is strong. They have the ear of EVERY representative, regardless of northern constituents. We need representation from the NORTH, they need to be strong in their convictions and not basing voting upon religous fear.

    Good luck to the 26 y/old. Wish more of the younger populous would become politically active.

  • Born in Bonners posted at 9:00 am on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    Born in Bonners Posts: 69 people scare me. Thumping your religion down everyone's throat acting all high and mighty and all you do in real life is talk smash mouth cray-cray.
    We don't even vote in this state anymore because the Republicans have taken over and our politicians 'decide for us' what we need. It's time the one party system goes away in Idaho. We're an embarrassment to the entire nation.

  • JeanetteL posted at 3:00 pm on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    JeanetteL Posts: 1

    The repubs seem to only want to keep guns in the hands of people who should not have them and keep schools underfunded, while the dems seem to want equal rights and social wellness. This really is a no-brainer. Vote for a democrat.

  • Peter posted at 1:36 pm on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    Peter Posts: 590

    jesusisthelight, you keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 11:47 am on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 610

    yeah Oscar because the Neo-Communist Democratic party is doing so well with the nation, huh? Look what Democrats did to California and Detroit. Our nation is weaker under the Democrats. Our dollar is worth less under the Democrats. The price of EVERYTHING is going up under the Democrats. The racial divide is greater now than it has been since the 50s and 60s UNDER THE DEMOCRATS. Idaho isn't a Communist state. So most likely we aren't going to vote for Communist Democrats. Hence, why Democrats fight against voter ID laws so much. They know they can't win on real votes.

  • oscar posted at 8:43 am on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    oscar Posts: 988

    Idaho has become the cesspool of the nation under Republican control. It is time for a change and begin shared party decisions. I hope the Democrats campaigning will and show the integrity the Idaho Republicans have failed to show.

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