Tacos and Politics: Saturday, March 17- Noon at Southside Grill, 339 Deinhard Ln, McCall


Mat Erpelding, House Democratic Leader will discuss what’s going on in the Idaho Legislature this year and answer your questions.

A Mexican style lunch will be available for $10.




Dave will run as a Democrat for District 3 which was Frank Eld’s district.

Bill Willey is retiring from this district. Stay tuned

Big Push for Medicaid Expansion Signatures

Dear Supporters of the campaign to Expand Medicaid in Idaho

We are organizing the biggest days of signature collection in Idaho history. 

In McCall, Saturday, March 10th meet in Ridley/ Rite Aid parking lot.

10:00 am – Noon, Noon – 2 pm shifts. We will seek to complete our goal for 6% of Valley Co voter’s signatures. Select your shift. Email Jon Glick to sign up

On Tuesday, March 13th, we believe we can collect over 10,000 signatures. All in a single day.

Tuesday, March 13 there will be school-levy elections in about 40 school districts, including West Ada County, Bonneville County, Lewiston, Twin Falls, Caldwell, Wallace, Orofino, and Grangeville. Our goal is to place volunteers at as many polling stations as possible, and to capture as many signatures as we can.

March 13 Find a location near you and sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here: We especially need people in Boise/Meridian that day.


If we pull this off, the victory will be HUGE: We’ll complete our “distribution requirement” of 6% of signatures from 18 different districts, and we’ll be well on our way to our 56,000 statewide total.

Meet and Greet: A.J. Balukoff Democratic Candidate for Governor.

Wednesday, Feb. 28th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Hotel McCall Library Room,
1101 North Third St., McCall


I’m really looking forward to traveling through Valley County and getting the chance to meet with you one-on-one. I’ve been meeting with people all over the state talking about the vital need to improve our education system, expand Medicaid so thousands of working families, children and veterans can get coverage, and protecting access to our public lands.

I know that last issue really hits home in Valley County where a couple of Texas billionaires are locking people out of land that used to be accessible to hunters and others. As a lifetime sportsman, I know how much you all value access to our public lands. I will fight to keep them open to us all.
I would love to sit down with you and talk about whatever issues concern you the most – even if it’s not politics. I hope to see you there.

A.J. Balukoff

Refreshments will be served. 

More info

March for Medicaid Expansion- Winter Carnival Parade- Sat. Jan 27

Medicaid Expansion Van

Join the McCall Medicaid Expansion Team, Saturday, January 27 at the Winter Carnival Parade. We will be walking behind the Medicaid Expansion Van and handing out candy to the crowd. After the parade we will assemble and get signatures for the next hour. You can volunteer for both or just one activity.
Parade: Meet at 10:45 am at McCall-Donnelly High School (Corner Stibnite & Mission). Look for our Van.
Signature Gathering: Meet at 1:15 pm at the Van in Parking Lot across from Foglifter. We will gathering signatures for an hour. 
78,000 Idahoans—most of whom belong to working families—fall into the so-called “Medicaid gap” and have been denied access to affordable healthcare. 64 percent of Idahoans say they are disappointed with the failure of the Idaho Legislature to address this issue, and 70 percent of Idahoans say that they favor closing the Medicaid gap.
You can make a difference just by joining our effort to get on the ballot. Please join us. Get petitions at  MedicaidForIdaho.org and follow instructions. Contact us to turn in completed petitions. 
Bill Thomas
Jon Glick
McCall Medicaid Expansion Team
Save the Date: Saturday March 17- Pizza and Politics. Democratic Legislators speak on what is happening at the Capital and answer your questions. 

Opportunties to get involved.

Get Active, Be a Valley Democratic Party Precint Captain.

We have 8 precincts in our county. As a precinct captain, you will organize a team of Democrats from your community to communicate the values, principles, and policies that make us all proud members of the Idaho Democratic Party. It is a great place to start to become active to help change the county, state and the country.

Precinct captains are elected in the May 15th primary election. Contact us a valleycountydems@gmail to get info. March 9 is the last day to file for election. You must be a registered as a Democratic to be a Democratic precinct captain.

Valley County Commissioner Race for four year seat is open this November.

The district seat that is open is the seat currently held by Bill Willey which is the area east for Rt. 55, north part of county. If you are a Democratic that is interested in running for the seat, please contact us at valleycountydems@ gmail. This is the same seat that Frank Eld held in the past. March 9th is the deadline for filing.

Help Get Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot

78,000 Idahoans—most of whom belong to working families—fall into the so-called “Medicaid gap” and have been denied access to affordable healthcare. 64 percent of Idahoans say they are disappointed with the failure of the Idaho Legislature to address this issue, and 70 percent of Idahoans say that they favor closing the Medicaid gap.

Valley County United Against Hate: Thursday August 17- 5 pm at Veteran’s Statue, 3rd St. McCall

This will be a peaceful coming together to demonstrate that we stand united against racism, bigotry and hatred towards all people! Come whenever you’d like. This is part of a nationwide demonstration in support of Charlottesville.
Brings signs if you’d like, banners, anything showing you are against what is going on in our country. Remember, this is a PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION!!

Protect Our Care: Say No to Attack on Our Health Care

Join us for a protest outside of Senator Crapo’s office!
Say No to Attack on our Health Care

Wednesday, June 28 at 11 am- 1pm
Senator Crapo Office 251 E. Front Boise

Car Caravan: 8 am- May Hardware Parking Lot

We need to show Senator Crapo that Idahoans oppose any cuts to the ACA. Taking health care from 24 million folks in the US is unacceptable, and he needs to know that we are going to keep him accountable for his vote.

Sponsors: National Organization for Women-Southwest Idaho Chapter, People For Unity, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii


The Senate Republicans finally released their bill to repeal the ACA. It is now evident why Senate leadership has attempted to withhold details of this bill from the public. This bill would only inflict more harm on people’s access to health care, compared to the House repeal bill that CBO estimated would strip coverage from 23 million people. 
The Senate bill would do the following: 
• End the Medicaid expansion, ensuring that millions of low-income workers will lose health coverage
• Radically cut Medicaid for all states by capping and cutting federal spending and passing significant costs on to states, essentially ensuring that they will cut their programs
• Allow states to eliminate the essential health benefits and minimum coverage requirements that are core protections for people with pre-existing conditions 
• Cut financial assistance for private coverage and eliminate all assistance with out-of-pocket costs like deductibles 
• Institute an age tax on premiums, allowing insurers to charge older people five times the premium of younger people 
• Provide billions of dollars in tax cuts to the millionaires and corporations


Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.


Valley County Democrats Highway Cleanup- Sunday, June 4, 4:30 pm

Dems stepping out to Cleanup Highway 55 in earlier cleanup

Valley County Democrats Spring Adopt-A-Highway cleanup will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 beginning at 4:30 pm. 

Democrats, family, and friends are invited to take part in this semi-annual community service project. Participants should meet in the parking lot of Elk Creek Church on Highway 55 south of McCall. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring sunscreen, gloves, hat, and water. Safety vests and trash bags will be provided.

A no-host social at Home Town Pizza in McCall will be held after the clean up. For more information call Jim Arp at 634-5833.