Idaho Democrats adopt party platform and resolutions on second day of convention

The Idaho Democratic Party approved a resolution Saturday at its statewide convention opposing laws restricting abortion and calling for support for access to reproductive health care.

Protection of abortion and reproductive rights They were topics for the first two days for the Idaho Democrats convention in downtown Boise. Several Democratic political candidates, legislators, and delegates have called for the protection and codification of the 1973 US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in light of a leaked US Supreme Court draft opinion published this spring that would overturn the Roe v. Wade guarantee of the right to abortion.

Idaho has trigger law in placepassed by the 2021 Idaho legislature, which would criminalize abortion as a felony in the state 30 days after any US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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The Democrats’ decision was adopted by a vote of convention delegates.

It states in part that “the Idaho Democratic Party supports access to discounted health care and people’s right to physical autonomy” and that “the Idaho Democratic Party opposes laws restricting abortion and contraception.”

Attendees pose with banners for a photo shoot at the Idaho Democratic Convention on June 18, 2022 in downtown Boise. (Otto Kitzinger for the Idaho Capital Sun)

Decisions can be thought of as valuable statements that include calls to action.

Delegates also approved a list of other resolutions, including resolutions calling for greater access to voting and maximizing early voting options, and to protect and support library collections and library staff. Prepare the Idaho Education Quality Act Ballot Initiativewhich will increase education funding by raising corporate income tax rates from 6% to 8% and establishing a new tax bracket for Idahoans who make more than $250,000 as individuals.

Idaho’s new Democratic platform calls for education and equity for all Idahoians

Conference delegates Saturday also approved the 2022 Idaho Democratic Platform, which calls for support for quality and accessible health care for all, equity, justice and opportunity. The platform itself does not specifically mention Roe v. Wade, Abortion Rights or Access to Reproductive Health Care.

The A platform intended to reflect the beliefs, values ​​and policies of the party, said Representative Colin Nash, D-Boys. The Tribune committee worked on drafts of the party platform for about a month. Building on comments from the agreement on Friday, the platform’s committee shortened its drafts to focus more on summary value statements rather than detailed policy proposals.

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The Idaho Democratic Party does not endorse a single cause or position. “We have a wide range of policies that we believe in,” Nash told conference delegates.

Committee members read the podium aloud in both English and Spanish.

Saturday’s party platform delegates relied on:

  • Good education for every student.
  • An economy that works for everyone.
  • Equity, justice and opportunity for all.
  • High-quality, accessible healthcare for every state in Idaho.
  • Strengthening democracy, fighting extremism and ending corruption.
  • Protection of natural resources.

“This platform is exactly what I want to sell to Idaho,” Terry Pickens Manueler, the Democratic governor’s candidate, told delegates. “This is exactly what I want to talk about with every Idahoian when I visit their communities, their counties — rural and urban — and it will give me an opportunity to bring my personal beliefs into the platform and not be tempted into something that may or may not be something I can be elected to. This platform will make me be Next Vice Governor.”

Organizers said about 250 people attended the conference, including 113 delegates and 40 proxy delegates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first party convention since 2018. The Democratic convention began Friday Speeches by Manueler and Gov. candidate Stephen Haidt.

The conference concludes Sunday in downtown Boise with a black gathering breakfast.

The Idaho Republican Party convention runs from July 14 to July 16 at Southern Idaho College in Twin Falls.