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THIS WEEK: Idaho Redistricting Hearing, BanCoDem Work Group & more
Keeping you up-to-date on events sponsored by the Bannock County Democrats as well as those by others in our area.
WORKING GROUP MEETS TUESDAY
The Bannock Democrats' headquarters will be open this Tuesday, October 4th for our scheduled Working Group. From 11:00am – 1:00pm we will be organizing the front office, making phone calls and stuffing envelopes. We invite you to stop by to volunteer or visit, and if anyone has anything else they want to see accomplished, just let us know.
REDISTRICTING HEARING IN IDAHO FALLS THIS WEDNESDAY: DEMOCRATS REQUESTED TO COME OUT IN FORCE
The newly-constituted Idaho Redistricting Commission will be holding public hearings across the state, and will be holding a hearing in Idaho Falls this Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Idaho Falls City Hall, 680 Park Avenue. We are urging all area Democrats to attend this meeting in force and testify to ensure that the Democratic areas around the state, including Bannock County and Pocatello, are not diminished.
The previous redistricting commission was able to complete and agree upon a map, designated L-83, but only after their 90-day deadline had passed. Because the allotted time had expired, the plan was rejected and a new commission was created with six new members -- three Democrats and three Republicans from around the state, including former Bannock County state Representative Elmer Martinez.
The L-83 map that was previously submitted by the first committee was a compromise between Republican and Democratic commissioners, and was able to keep Bannock County and Pocatello as two separate legislative districts, which is important. There is a concern that the new Republican commissioners may attempt to diminish the Democratic areas around the state, including Bannock County and Pocatello. We strongly encourage Democrats throughout Bannock County to attend and testify at the hearings in Idaho Falls and urge the new commission to adopt the L-83 map drafted by the previous commission. The L-83 map is constitutionally sound and meets all of the criteria outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the State Constitution, as well as the Statutes and previous court cases.
Please make plans to attend and testify this Wednesday, October 5th at this important Redistricting Meeting in Idaho Falls.
BRAD HUERTA MEET & GREET -- FRIDAY
Local businessman Brad Huerta, candidate for Pocatello City Council, is holding a Meet & Greet this Friday, October 7th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. The event will take place at the Depot Sports & Grill, 230 W. Bonneville St. in Pocatello. Brad encourages his supporters -- as well as others in Pocatello who would like to know more about his candidacy -- to attend, and he looks forward to talking with you.
POLITCAL SOUP -- TUESDAY, OCT. 11TH
Tuesday, October 11th the Bannock Democrats will be holding our Political Soup get-together at our headquarters at 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant. Entrances are at the front and back of the building, with parking in back.
We'll be serving up some delicious soup between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM, and Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad is scheduled to speak. Political Soup is a great way to stay in touch with fellow Democrats in our area, as well as to pass around ideas and suggestions. We look forward to seeing you there!
LWV EDUCATION FORUM -- WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12TH
The League of Women Voters of Pocatello hosts "The Future of Public Education in Idaho -- a series of community conversations."
To help the public understand educational reforms in Idaho and the referendums in 2012, the League of Women Voters of Pocatello is sponsoring a series of forums. As a person with a special interest in education, you are invited to attend the first forum on Wednesday, October 12th at the School District 25 offices, 3115 Poleline Road from 7:00 – 8:30pm.
School District 25 Supt. Mary Vagner, Dr. Peter Vik and Greg Gunter will address the topic from the perspectives of public education, higher education and business. Following these presentations, you will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions.
NEW! DONATE ONLINE TO THE BANNOCK COUNTY DEMOCRATS
Our new treasurer, Mary Kuehler, has set up an online account through PayPal to allow everyone to donate money to the Bannock County Democrats using your credit or debit card. Your donations allow us to rent our headquarters, furnish it with necessary equipment and supplies, provides funding for political outreach, campaigning and more.
Our website now has a "DONATE" button on the upper right side of the page. Click it, and it takes you to a secure PayPal page set up specifically for the Bannock County Democrats. Enter your information and donate any amount you can, whenever you want. Your donations are very important, and we thank you in advance for your support.
BANNOCK DEMOCRATS PRINTABLE CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 2011
Attached to this newsletter is a Scribd link to a .PFD file of our Bannock County Democrats October 2011 activities/events calendar. Download it, print it and attach it to your refridgerator, wall or bulletin board to keep up-to-date on what's happening in our area.
Bannock Democrats -- October 2011 Activities and Events Calendar