Projecting Troubling Political Trends

Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane was in town last week. He was the featured speaker at the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber luncheon hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the generosity of Democrats, we were able to sponsor a table at this popular event.

Secretary McGrane’s presentation called “Beyond the Ballot: Civic Engagement, Integrity, and Outcomes” illustrates that disaffected Republicans are leaving states like California and moving to Idaho. These right-wing political refugees make up a significant majority of those who have recently moved here. For example, in Kootenai County, 72% have registered as Republicans.

More concerning is the extreme ideology of many of these newcomers. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, these ideological migrants predominantly identify with Christian Nationalism. For reference, crackpot conservative and Georgia Representative Marjory Taylor-Greene is a proud adherent of this ideology. Christian Nationalists wrongly assert that America is and must remain an exclusively “Christian nation”. These people self-identify as patriots and believe they are doing God’s work. Yet their overall message of privilege for their affiliates and exclusion for perceived outsiders is un-American and pernicious. 

Nonetheless, the popularity of the movement is potent, and it is a growing and malignant political power. Unfortunately, until this nationalistic political fever breaks, it is unlikely we will see an end to this ideology in our state.

Elections Offer Our Best Recourse

The November 7th Election is just two weeks away. Fortunately, Democrats and moderate Republicans offer rational alternatives to the extremist’s agenda and voters will decide what is best for Idaho.

Early Voting started Monday, October 23. Therefore, you can vote at the Elections Office on 3rd Street from 8am-5pm (M-F) until November 3. And if you are a new voter who has not pre-registered, you can register to vote on Election Day, November 7th at your assigned polling place. Just be sure to bring a valid photo ID and proof of your current address. Go to our Election Info page for more information.

Related Events

There is an opportunity to get an update from our Idaho Democratic Legislative Team on Thursday, October 26. They will be in Coeur d’Alene for a luncheon at Capone’s Ponderosa Springs Golf Course. We hope you take this chance to Join Idaho Democratic Legislators for Lunch.

Also, on Saturday, November 4th, we are sponsoring a special youth-oriented event called Vote Vibe. Vote Vibe takes place at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. It features DJ curated music, along with tasty food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a silent auction. And most importantly, there will be an opportunity for young voters to fill out registration forms that they can take with them to their polling places on Election Day.

Your support for these activities is most appreciated. It is the way we can say NO to extremism and preserve Kootenai County values.

Regarding the Candidate Meet and Greet

The Kootenai Democrats hosted a Candidate Meet and Greet last Saturday, October 21 at the Art Spirit Gallery. I am grateful to Blair Williams, the owner of this beautiful venue as well as our Events Chair Dan Studer and his hearty volunteers for making this event possible. The gathering featured candidates for city and county-wide offices who mingled with potential voters. In addition, County Commissioner Bruce Mattare and Sheriff Bob Norris attended. One alert Democrat said: “Someone should tell the Sheriff not to take any artwork off the wall to protect kids from obscenity.” In any case, thanks to everyone who turned out. We are glad you came.

Have a fantastic week everyone.

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