What a great time we had at our NFDW annual meeting and convention in the beautiful desert of Tempe, Arizona. A final thank you to Arizona President, Carol Comito and the hard-working ladies of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women for putting together such a great week filled with motivating speakers, educational workshops, and remarkable sights of Tempe. Coming together with passionate women from across the country always leaves me inspired to do more, be more and help others do the same. I hope you left with the same desire.
In less than 100 days, midterm elections will take place in every state in the nation and the stakes could not be higher. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives will be on the ballot, in addition to over one-third of the Senate seats, 39 governorships, and several state and local offices. It matters who sits in those seats and our duty as the voice of the Democratic women of the Party is to leave no stone unturned, no voter left untouched, and no ballot unmarked.
Individually, we are ripples, but together….we become a wave. I encourage you to get up, get loud, and be a part of the Blue Wave that is sweeping the nation.
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.
My name is Gini Ballou and I am the President of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus. I want to welcome you to the heat of the summer and campaign season! Let me start by expressing my extreme gratitude to all of the women who have stepped up to run for office this year. I cannot recall a time when we had a more qualified, dedicated line-up, all across the state! Idaho Democratic Women have been working hard, like we always do, attending parades and picnics and working and running campaigns and being the leaders on the ticket! It is a great time to be a Blue Girl in this Red State—get out there and be part of this Blue Tsunami!
Have you checked out the 2018 Idaho Democratic Party Platform? Having served on the Platform Committee, I am quite proud of what we’ve created together. Please read it over and you will see the clear differences between our parties. Our platform is the most progressive that I have seen enacted ever.
While there have been picnics and BBQs all over the state, I’ve gotten to attend some in Ada County, Twin Falls, Hailey, and Ketchum. I have met some of this year’s candidates and know that they will stand up for women in Idaho. These events have all been well attended with folks that are fired up, willing to work and ready to vote!
Paulette Jordan, who is going to be our next Idaho Governor, is covering the state and going strong! She has been up north, in Twin Falls, at a house party south of Ketchum, and at events in Boise. Her message of love and coming together as one people is scaring the socks off the other side. Right now she is being followed by CNN and we have a front-row seat in watching her flip Idaho Blue one person at a time!
Kristin Collum, who is the next Idaho Lt. Governor, is one hard-working woman who has earned our full support. She is traveling the state, speaking with both sides of the aisle, ready to stand up for Idahoans! Please give her your time, talent and money! Let’s make sure we are represented! #VoteForTheVet
Remember to join the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus if you are not already a member or need to renew your membership again and help us support these fabulous candidates. We need your assistance more than ever if we are going to get more Democratic women elected in Idaho. Be sure and back all of them because we need the full line-up, not just one or two stars. So stand up proudly, yell “I’m proud to be a Democrat” at the top of your lungs, and vote for our entire ticket!
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.
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.
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.
Finally, we encourage everyone to check out the candidates to find out how to get more Idaho Democratic women elected to public office.