2022 Women in Blue

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invites Democratic Women throughout Idaho to our annual Women in Blue Advocacy Day. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 12pm MT. It will be a virtual event this year via Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no cost to attend this year’s event.

This year’s theme will be how women can help “Build Back Better” after 4 years of craziness coming from DC. Our guests include political strategist Christine Pelosi, State Senator Michelle Stennett, State Representative Brooke Green plus many more. We also plan on discussing the importance of having effective meetings with our legislators and congressman to advocate for our positions.

To sign up for this event, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvc-yhrzIrHNJJudCaNoC7AHH59AC11FYu.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at idahodwc@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Hello and Goodbye

Senator Ali Rabe, Representative Muffy Davis, and Senator Carrie Semmelroth

We are saddened to have Representative Muffy Davis (D-26) and Senator Ali Rabe (D-17) depart the Idaho Legislature. However, we know that Muffy Davis will do an awesome job as the newest Blaine County Commissioner. And Ali Rabe has already pledged to run for reelection in District 16 in 2022.

We also want to extend our warmest welcome to Senator Carrie Semmelroth (D-17). She is a strategic initiatives project manager in the College of Education at Boise State University and a strong voice for education in Idaho.

We hope to have many more Democratic women serving in the Statehouse in the years to come.

Elaine Clegg and Many More

Councilwomen Elaine Clegg

The 2021 Fall Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus Breakfast was a wonderful event with Elaine Clegg as our primary speaker as she spoke about the need for better transportation options for people across the state. She discussed her work with the City of Boise in terms of climate change and how the city is working towards being more sustainable with its resources. She also touched upon the future of rail including Amtrak and her efforts to bring more passenger rail to our state. With the recent federal focus on infrastructure, the timeliness of her speech cannot be overlooked.

Mayor Shelby Rognstad and Terri Pickens Manweiler

We also heard from two candidates as well at our breakfast. Shelby Rognstad is running to become the next Governor of Idaho on the Democratic ticket. He is currently the mayor of Sandpoint and recently announced his candidacy. Terri Pickens Manweiler is running to become the next Lt. Governor of Idaho on the Democratic ticket. She announced her candidacy back in August of 2021 and has been traveling across the state to learn more about the needs of all Idahoans. Each candidate spoke about their respective campaign and why we need better leadership in the Statehouse.

Finally, we want to thank everyone who attended the breakfast in person or on Zoom. We understand that these are uncertain times for people across the state and we appreciate your support. Our first hybrid event was not without technical glitches but it certainly was one for the books.

Democratic Women Are Thankful

As the President of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus, a chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women, I am very excited to be reaching out to you today. Thank you so much for your dedicated, selfless work. 

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) is a strong, national organization of Democratic Women that actively supports the Democratic Party, Democratic Women, and Democratic values. Since the 1976 Democratic National Committee (DNC) Convention, NFDW has held 3 seats, in addition to the President of the NFDW being granted a seat on the DNC Executive Committee.

The continued health threat caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, and the violent and disturbing U.S. Capitol Insurrection remain disconcerting. Vaccines to combat the virus, along with the President’s roll-out and response to it have done a lot of good, but until the pandemic is clearly in our rear-view mirrors, the virus remains an invisible and very dangerous enemy.

During this holiday season, we are reflecting on those who have been on the front lines of healthcare, education, eldercare, food services, customer service, childcare, and so many other public and private industries. With this in our minds and hearts, we are reaching out to you to give our thanks.

Thank you for all that you have done to support us through these challenging times.

To help us thank others, please share what and/or who you are thankful for on social media and tag it “#DemocratsAreThankful” this November 2021.

We appreciate your leadership, and for thanking others who merit recognition and thanks for
their contributions. 

In Democratic Solidarity,

Gini Ballou, IDWC President