4th Annual Bloomin’ Blue Tea

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The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus will present the fourth annual Bloomin’ Blue Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

This year’s special guest will be Kristin Collum, the Democratic nominee for Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor.

The event will be held at the home of Deborra Bohrer, 232 Bitterroot Road in Sun Valley, Idaho. Tea, wine and light refreshments will be served.

Collum is a U.S. Army veteran who served as an Army Mustang. She spent two years at the Pentagon working for Gen. Colin Powell. After an honorable discharge, she worked as a software engineer at Micron, Hewlett-Packard and the water technology company Xylem. Kristin Collum is running to advocate for women, children and underrepresented minorities.

The tea is open to men and women. “No donation too small or too generous,” said Gina Ballou, president of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus. RSVP at idahodw@gmail.com.

Paulette Jordan Comes to Challis

Sandra Willingham and Paulette Jordan

Paulette Jordan, who is running to become our next Governor of Idaho, is meeting residents across the state even in rural Idaho areas such as Challis. Last night, over eighty Custer County residents met, greeted, enjoyed and learned about Paulette Jordan’s vision for Idaho as its new Governor. Kudos to Sandra Willingham for organizing and hosting this event.

For more information on how to volunteer for Paulette’s campaign, please visit here.

New Poll From Idaho Voices Shows A Tightening Race for Governor

November may be months away but a new poll conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs on behalf of Idaho Voices for Change Now shows a tightening race for Governor. In a red state like Idaho, Paulette Jordan may face an uphill battle but the race is far from decided. Studies have shown that women do not take their constitutional right to vote for granted and that we tend to vote more than men. For those of you who are tired of living in a state that does not support women, it is time to stand up and support a candidate that has a vision for putting our beliefs into action. Even the poll’s author made it clear that women have an important role in this year’s governor’s race:

“In a right-leaning state like Idaho, it’s clear that voters are considering a new approach to leadership and Paulette Jordan has plenty of room for growth especially among women, young people, and Independent voters.”

Idaho voters are currently split on their vote for Governor with 38% expressing support for Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, 28% supporting former State Representative Paulette Jordan, 7% supporting third-party candidates, and 26% are undecided. The poll’s author indicates that it is quite a shift for a state that is currently 51.5% registered Republicans and only 11.5% registered Democrats. Across Idaho, independent voters make up 35.7% of Idaho registered voters and Jordan is leading Little 43% to 20% with these voters. These numbers show that Paulette Jordan is gaining support across the aisle and that people are tired of having the same people in Boise leading our state.

To read more about the poll results, please visit this link.

IDWC Breakfast and the 2018 IDP Convention

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus would like to thank everyone who attended yesterday’s breakfast at the College of Idaho. We had a wonderful turnout filled with convention delegates, elected officials, and candidates for various offices across Idaho.

Betty Hansen Richardson
Betty Hansen Richardson

Our keynote speaker was Betty Hansen Richardson, who was the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho (1993-2001) and she entertained us all with humorous anecdotes. Her speech was entitled “The Rule of Law in the Age of Trump” and discussed how attacks on our nation’s criminal justice system are no laughing matter. As someone who has worked in the criminal justice system, she truly understands how ours is a nation “with liberty and justice for all” and how the concept of due process of law is not found in other countries. She encouraged attendees to continue their support of efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities whenever possible.

Mary Mosley
Mary Mosley

Dr. Mary Mosley, who is the President of the Southwest Idaho chapter of the National Organization for Women, spoke about gender pay gap in Idaho and the lack of equal pay for men and women doing the same job. This disparity is very acute in Idaho where women earn on average 76 percent of what men earn compared to the national average of 82 percent and hits working mothers the hardest. She encouraged progressive women across the state to run for office and to fight for all of our rights. She also touched upon topics of paid family leave and early childhood education.

Our check-in table was busy all morning long with attendees signing in and selling of various merchandise. We were able to sell Democratic pins, buttons, and sparkling donkeys as well. The donkeys were a big hit and we were excited to see them being snapped up right and left. Additionally, a couple of new ladies signed up for memberships and expressed an interest in volunteering to help get our candidates elected in November. All money raised will go towards our efforts to get more Democratic women in involved in Idaho.

We would like to share a picture of our board members who were able to attend the breakfast along with the new IDYD President Jessi Boyer in front our new IDWC banner.

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Left to Right: Region 6 Director Linda Leeuwrik, Treasurer Kris Hooker, Vice President Tamara Code, President Gini Ballou, Secretary Bev Robinson, Region 5 Director Karen Bliss, Region 2 Director Melanie Wolf, and IDYD President Jessi Boyer

Finally, we encourage everyone to check out the candidates to find out how to get more Idaho Democratic women elected to public office.