Thursday, October 27, 2011

BCD Super Saturday 2011

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“BCD Super Saturday” is being held on Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 1pm by the Bannock County Democrats. We’ll be looking to make a big push for the candidates prior to Election Day.
 
There’s no better time to come together for a day of campaign activities, friends and fun! We hope to have an eventful day of literature dropping, with Pocatello City Council candidates Brad Huerta, and Scott Odekirk lending a hand to help rally the troops in Bannock County. By having lots of volunteers covering a lot of territory, we can make a huge impact.
 
This event will be held at our headquarters, which is located 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 look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org or find us on Facebook.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wednesday's Central Committee Meeting

On Wednesday, October 26th, the Bannock County Democrats their scheduled monthly meeting of the Bannock County Democrats' Central Committee, beginning at 7:00 PM and ending shortly after 8:00 PM. Precinct Captains are reminded to attend, and all county Democrats are invited to attend and participate.
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This event will be held at our headquarters, which are located 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.
 
Attend Central Committee to get updated with what is happening with the party and our plans for the future. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org, find us on Facebook or call us at (208) 234-8908.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Pocatello City Council Debate

On Monday, October 24th, the Pocatello League of Women Voters will be holding a debate for the city council candidates. It is expected to last from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Photobucket This event will be held at the Pocatello City Hall, which is located at 911 North 7th Ave..
Pocatello City Council candidates Eva Johnson-Nye, Brad Huerta, and Scott Odekirk are scheduled to debate their respective opponents on the issues concerning the citizens of Pocatello. We encourage you to come hear the candidates speak about their stance on the issues. It will be a great time to get answers from all the candidates.
 
We wish the best of luck to our respective candidates and hope they perform well at the debate. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

People & Politics: Breakfast with Your Fellow Democrats

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Bannock County Democrats will be holding a People & Politics event. We'll be serving up some muffins and donuts along with a choice of coffee or juice between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.
 
This event will be held at the Pocatello Senior Citizens Center, which is located at 427 North 6th Ave., located behind the Job Services Building.
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 Pocatello City Council candidates Eva Johnson-Nye, Brad Huerta, and Scott Odekirk are scheduled to speak about their campaigns and answer questions. We encourage you to come hear the candidates speak about their visions for the future of Pocatello. It will be a great time to get answers in a fun, informal way.
 
Pocatello Fire Department Chief Mike Irwin will be there to speak about the upcoming ambulance levy election. He has stated that as “we continue to see our call volume and the population increase, we are at the crossroads of not being able to respond to the day-to-day emergencies within our city and county.” We are hoping that everyone comes to hear their representative speak about the levy and the reasons to support it.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend! People & Politics 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! For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org or find us on Facebook.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Farmer's Market with Brad Huerta

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On Saturday, October 15th, the Huerta for City Council Campaign will be have a campaign booth offering free apple cider and the chance to meet Brad Huerta in Old Town. You can pick up campaign literature and yard signs to show your support for Brad Huerta.
 
The community event will be held at the Portneuf Valley Farmer’s Market, which is located at 400 N. Union Pacific Avenue. The event will be conveniently located in Old Town. The market is open from 9 am to 1 pm, with plenty of parking available.
 
The event will provide a great opportunity to meet Brad Huerta and learn more about his race for the Pocatello City Council. For more information about this event, please contact the campaign via e-mail at brad@huertaforcitycouncil.com or on their Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blad Talks to Local Democrats

By Vanessa Grieve
vgrieve@journalnet.com

Seeing eye-to-eye may not have been the goal of Mayor Brian Blad's guest appearance at the Bannock County Democratic "Political Soup" event Tuesday, but was a way to bridge the gap with elected officials, according to local Democratic chairwoman Catalina Steckbauer.Photobucket

Blad may be one of the first Republicans to ever speak at an Political Soup event.

Steckbauer said "Blad volunteered to be the guest speaker at Tuesday's luncheon."

She said "Democrats have hosted Political Soup for a number of years. With the November election just around the corner, the soup sessions are back on the burner."

"It's to put out the information so people can make informed decisions when they go to the poles," Steckbauer said. "I think that we need to work together for the city and the county and that we need to make it as nice for everybody as we possibly can. If we don't do that, if we don't work together, then things don't get done."

Blad answered a number of questions from attendees and local Democratic candidates as well as offering his perspective on hot-button issues such as the Bannock County Ambulance District Levy, the Portneuf Greenway, unions, public transit, clean water and unemployment.

Talk about the Greenway flavored much of the session.

School District 25 Trustee Nate Murphy asked if the city council would make a decision on how to complete the Greenway Project or wait for the state legislature to make that decision.

"Boise's going to make that decision regardless," Blad said, adding that the city council will most likely not make a decision before the next legislative session.

"There is a way to finish the Greenway trail system without eminent domain," Blad said. "The Portneuf Greenway Foundation frankly doesn't want to do it that way."

Blad said in theory, the Greenway Project could be completed "today" without the use of eminent domain, or the project could stay unresolved for the next five to six years.

Discussion on the various topics continued past the allotted hour.

Steckbauer said the goal of the discussion was to be informative for the public.

"I think everybody was pretty respectful," she said. "I definitely was looking for people to get their ideas out there without it being unhelpful and doing it in a respectful way."

Steckbauer said the group is having a People & Politics event Oct. 22 for the public to ask questions from local candidates. Information will be available on the organization's website, Bannock County Democrats, or by calling 234-8908.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last Public Hearing for FMC Site Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency seeks your comments on proposed changes to the former remedy decision for the FMC Operable Unit of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund Site.
 
PhotobucketA Public Informational meeting/Open House will be held on Thursday, October 13th a Public Meeting will be held at the Chubbuck City Council Chambers, 5160 Yellowstone Avenue. The Public Informational meeting/Open House will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and the Formal Public Hearing will go from 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm.
 
Information about the site and its history can be found at FMC’s home page.
 
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe has put forward an alternative plan to the EPA’s proposed solution to the cleanup effort. Information about the Tribe’s stance can be found at East Idaho Cleanup.
 
More information about the comment period and the Superfund site can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Eastern Michaud Flats Contamination information page.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pocatello's League of Women Voters: Future of Education Forum

Many Idahoans were involved earlier this year in collecting signatures and signing petitions to put three referendums on new public education laws on the ballot. These efforts were successful, however, the referendums will not be voted upon until November 2012.
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The League of Women Voters of Idaho believes there needs to be more discussion, not just about the laws, but about what our citizens want from our public educational system. What do we really want our schools to do?
 
To help get this discussion started, the League of Women Voters of Pocatello will hold three forums between now and the election in November 2012.
 
The first of these community conversations will be held Wednesday, October 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 at the School District 25 offices, 3115 Poleline Road, Pocatello. The meeting will begin with presentations by three speakers, representing public education, higher education, and business. The speakers will be Superintendent Mary Vagner, Dr. Peter Vik, and Greg Gunter. Dr. Deborah Hedeen, Dean of the ISU College of Education will moderate.
 
Following the brief presentations, there will be small group discussions in which attendees will discuss the questions addressed by the speakers. The groups will report back to the meeting, and all the notes from the discussions will be transcribed onto a LWVP blog, so that the conversation can continue.
 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Political Soup: A Chili Meal with Mayor Brian Blad

On Tuesday, October 11th, the Bannock County Democrats will be holding our October 2011 Political Soup lunch. We'll be Photobucketserving up some delicious homemade chili and salsa between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
 
This event will be held at our headquarters, which is located at 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant.
 
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad is scheduled to speak and answer questions about a variety of issues. We encourage you to come with questions and to ask about his vision for the future of Pocatello. It will be a great time to get answers in a fun, informal way.
 
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. Entrances are at the front and back of the building, with parking in back. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Dem chairwoman takes reins

By Jimmy Hancock
jhancock@journalnet.com
POCATELLO — Catalina Steckbauer says that compared to other Bannock County Democrats, she’s a “newbie,” with little political muscle to flex.
But then, she’s not looking to flex any muscle. She’s looking to better organize those who do have clout and get them focused on flexing their muscles while she takes care of the less exciting work.
“I want to get local Democrats better organized,” said Steckbauer, chairwoman of the Bannock County Democrats since early this summer. “I don’t need to be out there in front. We have people with more political pull than I have.”Photobucket
Steckbauer describes herself as a one-time “political watcher,” who eventually became a “political junkie,” and is now a full-blown participant.
There’s at least one person, however, who thinks Steckbauer “is selling herself short.”
“I think she brings a lot more to the table than she thinks she does,” said Aaron Thompson, former chairman of the Bannock County Democrats. “She’s already done a great job in promoting different fundraising activities. I think she is going to be wonderful.”
Thompson was set to complete a two-year term as chair at the end of this year, but told party members at the start of 2011that he would have to bow out of the obligation during the summer.
“I wanted to give whoever took my place to have the opportunity to get their feet wet before the big election year,” he said.
Thompson said there were also numerous projects he had slated for the summer that would require his attention. Steckbauer served as the party’s vice chair under Thompson.
A long-time member of the Bannock County Democrats, Thompson said he plans to remain active with the group.
This election cycle brings with it a handful of Pocatello City Council races, for which the Bannock County Democrats have prepared. But Steckbauer says they are also underway in their preparations for 2012.
She’s hoping to get Democrats voting in droves.
“Last (presidential) election, we really didn’t get as many votes for (Pres. Barack) Obama as we did for (U.S. Sen. John) Kerry,” she said, comparing the 2008 and 2004 election results in Bannock County.
To that end, Steckbauer said data the party has on file is already in the process of being updated. She is checking phone numbers, e-mail address and physical addresses.
They have already begun some fundraising efforts and weekly planning meetings for 2012, including their monthly political soup event. The next one is on Oct. 11 at their headquarters, located at 355 Yellowstone Ave., in Pocatello.
For more information go to the party’s website bannockdemocrats.org, where they have a calendar and other information, and donations can be made via PayPal. You can also check them out on Facebook, where the Bannock County Democrats have a group page.

Meet & Greet for Brad Huerta, City Council Candidate

PhotobucketOn Friday, October 7th, the Huerta for City Council Campaign will be holding its first in a series of community “Meet & Greet” events. Held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled “First Friday Art Walk” in Old Town Pocatello, the event will run from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The community event will be held at the Depot Sports Bar & Grill, which is located at 230 W. Bonneville Street. The event will be conveniently located in Old Town, next to Pocatello’s historic train and bus depot.

Brad Huerta, candidate for Pocatello City Council, encourages “everyone to come down to Old Town, soak up the Art Walk, then drop by and say hello. This will be a fun, informal and educational meeting that I’m looking forward to.”

The event will provide a great opportunity to meet fellow supporters and learn more about his race for the Pocatello City Council. For more information about this event, please contact the campaign e-mail at brad@huertaforcitycouncil.com.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Need Democrats Out in Force: Redistricting Commission Hearing

As you may know, a new redistricting commission has been created and includes our very own Elmer Martinez of Pocatello. They will be holding public hearings across the state and will be in Idaho Falls on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the IF City Hall, 680 Park Avenue. We are urging all area Democrats to attend the meeting in force and testify to ensure that the Democratic areas around the state including Bannock County and Pocatello are not diminished.
It appears that the Republicans on the new commission are going to try and diminish the Democratic areas around the state. In order to have any Democratic influence in the state of Idaho, we need to make sure that the Republican Party does not steamroll over our new commissioners. It is critical for any Democratic office holder or anyone who would like to run for office as a Democrat to maintain our influence. As we all know, when the Republican Party is in charge, the hard-working people of Idaho do not benefit. 
The old redistricting commission was able to complete a map but not in the 90-day alloted time. It is called L-83 and was rejected since was created after the deadline. This map was a compromise between the Republican and Democratic commissioners on the 1st commission. They were able to keep Bannock County and Pocatello as 2 separate legislative districts by including all of the Fort Hall reservation in the Chubbuck and Bannock County boundaries. This map was a compromise between the 3 Republicans and the 3 Democratic commissioners who worked hard to reach an agreement. The map is constitutionally sound and meets all of the criteria outlined in the US Constitution and the State Constitution as well as the Statutes and previous court cases.
We urge all the Democrats from Bannock County to testify in Idaho Falls and encourage the commission to adopt the L-83 map that was submitted.