Idaho Democrats are huddling this weekend in preparation for what they consider to be one of the most-critical elections in modern Gem State political history. Everything from education funding to ethical lapses by state legislators are prime topics of conversation at the Dems' state convention, which got under way Thursday night at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center.
Closed-door strategy sessions, covering everything from grass-roots organizing to social media to something called "the art of door knocking" are the subjects of dozens of workshops. In between, Dems will select delegates to attend this September's national convention, where they'll formally nominate President Barack Obama as their party's standard bearer.
Attendees will also have the task of hammering out a state platform. An early draft included a lengthy list of planks, with education at the top, along with issues such as jobs, affordable health care, campaign finance reform, comprehensive immigration reform, and opposition to government intrusion into reproductive rights.
Democratic congressional candidates Jimmy Farris and Nicole LeFavour will each address the convention, before things wrap up on Saturday evening.