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Democrats announce their appointments to the Idaho Redistricting Commission

Crossposted on Daily Kos

BOISE— Idaho Democrats are pleased to announce their team for the 2011 Redistricting Commission – Allen Andersen of Pocatello, Julie Kane of Lapwai and George Moses of Boise.

Redistricting, which involves redrawing all the district boundaries for the state legislature as well as for Idaho’s two Congressional districts, will begin this summer. Commonly referred to as the “blood sport of politics,” Idaho’s map is prepared by a bi-partisan, six-member commission, and occurs every ten years after the U.S. Census.

As required by the Idaho Constitution, it is the responsibility of the Senate Pro Tem, the Speaker of the House, the Senate and House Minority Leaders, and each chair of the two leading political parties to appoint a member to the Commission. Senate Minority Leader, Edgar Malepeai selected Allen Andersen. House Minority Leader, John Rusche appointed Julie Kane, and Idaho State Democratic Chair, Larry Grant selected George Moses.

“We received many qualified applications, and it was an intense selection process,” explained Democratic State Party Chair, Larry Grant. “After serious deliberation, we are pleased to announce a team that reflects Idaho and offers a unique skill set that is knowledgeable, professional and fair.”  read more »

Bubblehead Calls Out Labrador

and Boehner too ...

The following is an excerpt from an article by Joel Kennedy.

I really enjoyed this piece by Bubblehead. He examines the inevitable collision course between extreme Republican ideas on the one hand, and political, social and economic realities on the other. I reposted his entry on my Daily Kos diary. It is a must read.  read more »

2, 4 , 6 , 8 Who Do We Incarcerate?

Why are there so many black men in prison?

The prison industry has become a predatory entity in the lives of African-American Men, writes Demico Booth.

"During the last two decades ... state spending on prisons grew at six times the rate of state spending on higher education." - naacp.org

Myth: Minorities commit more crimes than whites, that is why there are more of them in jail.

Reality: Minorities are caught, convicted and jailed more often than their white peers. Often when they are jailed, it is for longer sentences. This incarceration fixation then spirals in and through a myriad of social problems, leading back to more prisons.

Prison bars

On April 7th, the NAACP released a new report, Misplaced Priorities, that examines America's escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children, according to naacp.org.

Misplaced Priorities tracks the steady shift of state funds away from education and toward the criminal justice system. Researchers have found that over-incarceration most often impacts vulnerable and minority populations, and that it destabilizes communities.  read more »

Conspiracy Theories

Check this out:

On the Idaho State Journal Blog Jim wrote:

March 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

What a Farce. I just looked up Richard Larsen’s good good friend (MeandG) Took a look at his friends, amazing what a persons friends can tell you about them, best of all when they post their political affiliation.

I say has anyone heard the words Oreo or Coconut? If this story did happen which I seriously doubt it did, then it most likely had to do with someone being a Oreo or a Coconut.

If this is the real (MeAndG) saying Mark Balzer and Richard Larsen are his good and honest friends then I wold say he is a plant in the Idaho Democrat Blogs by the Republicans.

If this is the kind of person that would turn his back on his own blood by calling well known racist such as Mark Balzer and Richard Larsen, people who held rallies to call our President a Niger and had Swastika sighs at the rallies , then he should not only have been thrown out of the party but also received a royal ass kicking that he so thoroughly deserved for his treasonous act against his own blood. Friends of racist, friends of maggots are just maggots.  read more »

Should I call you black or African American?

This question comes up in a lot of different conversations and threads.

One thought is that the term "black" is somehow punitive or derogatory. Others see the term African American as too politically correct.

To begin, both terms are acceptable, neither is racist or problematic in and of itself.

The two terms simply have different meanings.

For example, Brigham Young University, the University of Idaho, Utah State University and the University of Utah all have a Black Student Union. Boise State has a Black Student Association.  read more »

The Victim of Bigotry and Discrimination is Making it Up

And, I stand by my skepticism that this story actually happened. ... Imagine turning someone away at your doorstep for a party you’re having. You just don’t do that unless you know the person and they are a trouble maker or something. They didn’t even know this man. No, I suspect the whole truth is not really being told here. I remain skeptical.

-- Anonymous poster SD668 on the Idaho State Journal Website.

The survivor is a liar ... or so some posters on the Idaho State Journal website would have you believe, regarding a recent incident in which I was asked, with a group of friends, to leave a party in Boise because I am black.

See: Racism and Bigotry Right Here in Idaho

When you note the comments by C.R. Stucki, SD668, and Tom (and probably others) ...

It is a common tactic:

Don't believe the one who reports.

Discredit the survivor who comes forward -- as fast as you can!

It is no wonder why problems like racial and sexual harassment continue to persist.  read more »

In Silence We Risk All

I found this essay by Idaho Senator Nicole LeFavour to be particularly moving.

My office lies in an alcove off the long marble hallway that leads from the underground wings into the depths of the Capitol. Two freshmen Republican Senators share this suite with four of us Democrats. Across the bright stone passage, Republican offices circle another suite, and, down the steps behind the committee rooms, a long dark hall lit by skylights hides the offices of the Republican Committee Chairs for nine of the Senate's ten committees.

In the evening, some law makers stay late sorting and answering email, others have given up. The voices flow like bitter sounds that only rarely fall to whisper. The building has riled a sea of discontent. Oddly for all the voices I fear few are listening.

No Silence Please

Still, crisis unfolds far away on littered beaches seeming not yet to soften this hard determination of newly elected men to hate the collective expression of America we call government, taxation, regulation and welfare. If compassion is an anthem to some of us, to others it remains a sign of weakness and pitiful need.  read more »

Idaho Business Owners Against Luna’s Education Plan

Celebrate Cesar Chavez Week March 21-25

by Kathleen Tuck

Boise State University’s Multicultural Student Services presents Cesar Chavez Week, March 21-25. The weeklong event celebrates civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who founded the United Farm Workers of America.

Commemoration of Chavez’s birthday, March 31, is intended to promote service to the community and honor Chavez’s life and work.


All events are free and open to the public.

ChavezPoster-333x500  read more »

Yes Nukes?

UPDATE 3/14/11

Crossposted at: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956348/-Yes-Nukes

An Associated Press report states:

Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant

SOMA, Japan -- Water levels dropped precipitously Monday inside a Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.

Water levels were restored after the first decrease, but the rods remained partially exposed late Monday night, increasing the risk of the spread of radiation and the potential for an eventual meltdown.

And under my crosspost on Daily Kos, OtherDoug wrote:

Nuclear will be part of the generating mix for decades to come regardless of what results from Fukushima Daiichi. If we were to pull all nuclear offline now it would be replaced with coal with all its destruction, death and GHG pollution. Given that the plants that are currently under construction or recently completed will most likely serve out their projected lifetimes I think we need to work on the assumption that nuclear is remaining in the mix for the foreseeable future.

Having said that, what do we need to do now to insure the safety of aging plants that are still in commission? Which plants pose the greatest risk and deserve the most attention? If plants are to be taken offline because of safety and performance issues, what should they be replaced with? They can't dependably be replaced with renewables at this point aside from hydro. It would be disastrous to replace them with fossil IMHO. Is it feasible technically, economically and politically to replace them with Gen4 reactors?  read more »

Boise State’s Ahsahta Press Ushers in 2011 With Two New Poetry Publications

"Anything good that happens in Idaho or Texas for that matter never gets any press," wrote poster freerad under our crosspost on Daily Kos. "Thanks for the news."

mcmom chimed in: "Except, of course the BSU football team."  read more »

January 17 march at Idaho State University to honor memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Idaho State University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. March at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 on the ISU campus.  read more »

Idaho State University Africa Night 2011

Written by Idaho State University Marketing and Communcations

Crossposted on Daily Kos

The Idaho State University African Student Association invites the whole community to experience the beautiful and exuberant culture of Africa at ISU Africa Night 2011 Jan. 22 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.  read more »

I'm voting for Stan Olson - Please Help

From the desk of:
http://the-book-bear.dailykos.com

As you may know, Stan Olson is running for the office of Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

With Dr. Olson at the helm, Idaho can turn its struggling education system around!

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According to Dr. Olson:

I am running for this office because I believe that the future of our children's education is one of the most important challenges we face as a state and it requires a leader with vision and real-world experience in education and working with schools.

Election Day is only days away and I can feel the momentum shifting in our favor. However, we cannot be content to sit on this momentum; we need to do all we can to make sure Idaho's top education post is occupied by someone who has a sincere desire to see our children succeed.

It is unfortunate that for the past four years the Office of State Superintendent has been politicized beyond belief and we are seeing politics trump educational leadership once again. Recently, my opponent received $75,000 from outside special interest groups that would like their candidate to win this race so they can maintain control politically of how our children learn. As a grandparent, this troubles me.  read more »

Vote for Stan Olson: Idaho can turn struggling education system around

Crossposted on Daily Kos

With top Idaho educators telling why they’re voting for Dr. Stan Olson, in a new video, it is a good time to revisit an opinion piece Stan wrote a few weeks ago.

The educators in the video include Dr. Geoffrey M. Thomas, Superintendent, Madison County Schools, Rexburg; Nancy Larsen, 2000 Teacher of the Year, Coeur d’Alene; Robin Sly, 2009 Teacher of the Year, Boise; and Cindy Wilson, 2003 Milken Educator, Meridian.

Below are the aforementioned thoughts by Stan Olson. His ideas were very well received in media responses from readers across the state:  read more »

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