Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Keep Pocatello Moving Forward to Hold Fundraiser

caucusPocatello, ID — Those interested in supporting the re-election campaigns of Pocatello city councilmen Roger Bray and Gary Moore, as well as the campaign of Roger Chase for Mayor of Pocatello are invited to attend a fundraising event this Thursday, July 25th beginning at 6:30 PM. This event will take place at 2623 W. Old Highway 91 just outside Inkom, and is being hosted by Tom Nestor, Kevin Lish and L.D. Wolfley.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event will be outdoors, so please bring a lawn chair or blanket. No children, please.

Catch up with old friends, meet new ones, speak with the candidates and hear about their plans to strengthen our community and keep Pocatello moving forward.

To RSVP or for more information please contact Tom Nestor at 234-0046 or James Ruchti at 251-4104.

What: Fundraising event for Pocatello Mayoral & City Council candidates, sponsored by Keep Pocatello Moving Forward

When: Thursday, July 25th, 2013 beginning at 6:30 PM

Where: 2623 W. Old Highway 91 just outside Inkom

Contact: Tom Nestor at 234-0046 or James Ruchti at 251-4104

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Democrats in Pocatello focus on Local Issues

Bannock County is a diverse area and our local party has formed several caucuses to represent that diversity. By having various caucuses, we can better focus on issues that concern Bannock County residents. There is a group for everyone including Latinos, LDS Democrats, and women. We are proud to be part of such wonderful group of people who deserve the very best from our government at all levels.

Democratic caucus in Pocatello focuses on issues, not parties

BY CHRIS COLE
Local News 8
Published: July 20, 2013

POCATELLO, Idaho - Idaho Democratic party caucuses met in Pocatello Saturday. The hot topic: how to get more involved in local politics.

But as Jennifer Martinez, the political director of the Idaho Democratic Party said, they're focusing on issues rather than political parties.

Martinez grew up in the small town of Wendell but has worked her way up to where she is now. She decided to come back to Idaho after getting her education because she wanted to make an impact where she grew up.

She says one hurdle she faces is overcoming the political party lines that make younger generations wary.

"I think they're very off-put by the partisanship that is going on, and all the bickering,” Martinez said. “So they don't like to associate with a party. So our goal is to focus on issues specifically, because everyone cares about something.”
Martinez says the Idaho Democratic Party distances itself from the national party, simply because Idaho's important issues are different.
She says the party focuses on the economy, and how to bring better jobs.
"And that leads into education, and making sure that we have a skilled workforce that is able to do those jobs we're trying to bring into Idaho,” Martinez said. “We want those higher paying jobs that will sustain Idaho families."
In the 2012 November election, the party lost three seats in the state legislature. Martinez says they're not worried though, because their overall numbers have stayed the same, but there's always more to do.
"What we're hoping to do is to make sure we're activating our democratic base and identifying new democrats in Idaho,” she said, “and making sure they get out to the polls and vote."
Today they focused on how to reach out to the community. They also let people know if they're not satisfied with a candidate, there may be someone out there in the Democratic party, though Idaho is traditionally a Republican state.
"There are specific counties where we feel if the caucuses can get involved and activate certain groups of people,” Martinez explained. “we can start to gain some traction."
Martinez also says they focus on small local elections, and voter turnout. She says it's even more important to let your voice be heard on those local issues that may affect you more.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2nd Annual BBQ & Picnic

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Pocatello — The Bannock County Democratic Party is holding its 2nd Annual BBQ & Picnic Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 6th. This event is being held at the Upper Ross Park pavilion in Pocatello, beginning at 6:00 PM.

The menu will be barbecued beef by Lin Whitworth along with salads and dessert items provided by the Democratic Women's Caucus. There will also be a no-host beer bar along with a silent auction of Great Treasures.

Come and join in on the fun! Meet your District 29 legislators, and Pocatello city council candidates. It's a great way to help the party raise needed campaign funds for the 2014 election cycle.

Tickets are $25 for couples, $15 for individuals, and kids under twelve years old for $5.

For more information call 234-8908.

July 2013 Central Committee Meeting

democrat-signOn Tuesday, July 30th, the Bannock County Democrats will be holding 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.

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.

IDP Summer Activist Tour

caucusWhat do LDS, Latinos, Women, the LGBTA community, Veterans and young people between the ages of 16-35 all have in common? They all have a powerful reason to care about electoral politics and making sure our State is headed in the right direction. If you want to see what could happen when a group of passionate, caring people with similar interests come together please join us to learn more about the Idaho Democratic Caucuses. For a better, balanced Idaho!

The IDP Summer Activist Tour is travelling to meet and welcome supporters and introduce the caucuses. The tour is making a stop in Pocatello on Saturday, July 20th, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Visiting from Boise for this will be Jennifer Martinez, Tom Hamilton, Barb Harris and Representative Sue Chew. This event will be held at our headquarters, 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 (please do not take parking spaces belonging to businesses along adjacent buildings). We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org or call (208) 234-8908. This event is sponsored by the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus and the Idaho Democratic Party.

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 2013 Political Soup

stephen weegPocatello — On Wednesday, July 10th, the Bannock County Democrats will be holding a Political Soup luncheon. Our speaker will be Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Board Chairman Stephen Weeg of Pocatello, speaking on the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange and the general implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The IHIE is authorized by the Idaho Legislature to set the rules and regulations for implementing a state-based exchange. The Board must establish an exchange by January 1, 2014, as required by federal law. It is empowered by State law to develop an operating plan and contract for required services. (http://gov.idaho.gov/priorities/Exchange.html).

This event will be held at our headquarters, located at 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant. Delicious soup and bread will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Stephen Weeg has a 38 year career in health and human services leadership in Idaho. For the past seven years Weeg was the Executive Director for Health West, a community and migrant health center with six clinics in southeast Idaho. He is also a member of the Portneuf Health Care Foundation Board, Pocatello Hospital, LLC Board. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and an master's degree in Counseling from Idaho State University.

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 (please do not take parking spaces belonging to businesses along adjacent buildings). We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization at chairman@bannockdemocrats.org or call (208) 234-8908.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

ROGER CHASE WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH YOU TO TALK ABOUT POCATELLO'S FUTURE

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Bring your ideas and vision for our town. Roger will present his goals and lead an open discussion. Lunch will be provided, but donations to cover costs will be welcome. Please RSVP to jperryman@mayorchase.com

WHEN: July 9th, Noon

WHERE: Oliver’s Restaurant, 130 South 5th, Pocatello