Spring Cleanup- Monday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Jump for Joy It's Clean up Time Again

It’s time for our Democratic Party Spring community service project as we clean up our Adopt-A-Highway section of ?Highway 55 on Monday, June 11, 2012 starting at 4:30 pm. As usual we will meet at the south entrance of the Elk Creek Church parking lot on Highway 55. Please bring friends and family, gloves, sunscreen, and water. Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Trash bags and safety vests will be provided. For more information call Jim Arp at 634-5833.

100% Support for Obama at Valley County Caucus

Democrats meeting at the 2012 Presidential Caucus in Valley County

Last Saturday, April 14, over 20 democrats came together at the 2012 Democratic Presidential Caucus and voted 100% for all four of our delegates in support of President Obama to the statewide Democratic Party Convention. ?Selected to go to the party convention are: Jackie Aymon, Linda Corder, William Thomas, Jan Thorien and alternate will be Jacki Rubin. After voting we watched the inspiring video: The Road we’ve Traveled, documenting the first three years of President Obama presidency.

NEWS FLASH: WICAP, the anti-poverty agency for Valley County is sponsoring, WITNESS TO POVERTY, a poverty simulation excercise that allows you to walk in the shoes of a person in poverty. It will be held Monday, April 30 from 6-8 pm at the Cascade Elementary School. Call Paula Fodrea at 382-4577 to register. Seats are going fast.

Saturday. April 14, 2012 Valley County Democratic Presidential Caucus

?Saturday, April 14th, 9 a.m. doors open, closed at 10 a.m.

McCall-Donnelly High School- Common?s Area

?401 N. Mission, McCall, Idaho?

The Valley County Democratic 2012 Presidential caucuses will be held April 14th with doors opening at 9 a.m. and closing promptly at 10am. Idaho Democrats come together in county caucuses to select their Presidential nomination and elect delegates to the State Convention. This is a wonderful way to come together and be among friends to celebrate our President?s re-election campaign as well as elect delegates to represent our county at the State Convention were they will elect Idaho?s National Delegates and help craft our Party platform.

Special activities for the caucus will include a? video on President Obama, and coffee and light snacks will be available.

Caucus chairman, Bill Thomas said, “Selecting a Presidential candidate is always exciting. ?We are looking forward to gathering Democrats throughout the county to gear up for the 2012 elections. We are especially excited about electing our delegates to the State convention and really hope someone from our county gets elected to go to the National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.”

A registration table will be set up to qualify new voters so that they may participate in the caucus as participants must be registered voters in the county they are participating with and pledge themselves as an Idaho Democrat. Participants are prohibited from participating in any other party?s caucus.



Two Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, passed two years ago tomorrow, has rescued millions of people from difficult and sometimes heartbreaking situations they shouldn’t have to face.

Obama for America recorded the stories of a few people whose lives have been touched by this landmark legislation — they’re an amazing snapshot of how much has changed in the past two years. Click to get informed about the changes we have made.

Saturday, March 3- Party with the Party- McCall Golf Course, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Jeff Crosby

Steve Eaton

Remember Yes We Can Party in 2009 and how much fun it was. We are doing it again. Jeff Crosby will be brining his band Equaleyes and Steve Eaton will ?perform with his sax player, Phil Garonzic ?to raise funds for the Valley County Democrats 2012 Election Fund. If that isn’t enough, Jimmy Farris the Democratic candidate for Congress will M.C. the event. For only ten dollars a person will get you in. ?McCall Golf Course Club house will have ?a full bar and food available.

Tickets will be available in advance at McCall Golf Course Club House, Crusty Pizza and McCall Drug.

Equaleyes Video? ?Steve Eaton Video

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House Party for Jimmy Farris, Friday, March 2, 7 pm

Dr. Tom and Edie Welty invite you to come to their home to support our First Congressional Candidate , Jimmy Farris.?Wine and snacks will be served. ?RSVP by email ?twelty@earthlink.net or phone 634-5279.

Frank Church Dinner- Saturday, Feb. 25

Buy Your Tickets Now and Save
Celebrating the Right to Unite!

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The Idaho Democratic Party is pleased to announce the Frank & Bethine Church Gala Weekend!


The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Boulevard- Boise, Idaho

5:30 – 6:30 p Social Hour, 7-9 p Dinner & Program
Ticket Prices:

~Gala ~ $65 early-bird tickets on sale through 1/15/12*. ( Tickets prices will increase to $75 on 1/16/12. and to $85 on 2/23/12.)

$125 Premier Ticket Package – includes: An autographed copy of Chris Carlson’s new book (Cecil Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest Governor) and a picture with the Governor & Carlson at the event! All Premier Ticket holders will also be entered into a drawing to join Gov. Andrus and Carlson at the Head table!

Purchase tickets today on-line

* D.E.M. Club Members can enjoy our early bird rate through 2/22/12. Click http://idahodems.org/dem/ to learn more about our DEM Club, or to become a member today.

Guest Speaker – John C. Stocks

John C. Stocks, a national leader in the fight to transform America?s public schools, is the executive director of the National Education Association (NEA).

What Iowa says about today’s Republican Party and it is not pretty!

January 3, 2012 NYT Editorial

Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses, in which a nation awaits the verdict of a handful of some of its least representative citizens, are not going to settle the race for the Republican nomination for president. But they did put on display the choice the Republicans present to voters: right, far right or the far, far right.
The caucuses Tuesday night were headed to an astonishing draw between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, followed by Ron Paul. More than anything, the tight finish suggested that Mr. Romney has had a hard time selling his recently minted conservatism to hard-core Republican conservatives; two-thirds of caucusgoers identified themselves as Tea Party supporters.

The Republican caucuses only do a middling job of predicting who will win the presidency in November. But, this year, perhaps more than others, they were an important event to watch for any American voter.
The errors, absurd misstatements and unrelenting extremism were not the result of some ?gotcha? moment in which a candidate was cornered in an interview or debate by a tricky (or maybe not so tricky) question. The Republicans have had months, millions of dollars and the advantage of there being no competing Democratic contest, to present the images of their own choosing ? and they are dark and disturbing.

The candidates were all nasty to each other; Newt Gingrich called Mr. Romney a ?liar? on Tuesday. But when it came to President Obama, they were off the charts with baseless charges that would be laughable if they were not so insulting to the president and to the intelligence of voters.

Iowa?s economy is not as bad as that in many parts of the country, so the candidates mainly tried to outbid each other in pandering to its socially conservative Republicans. Mr. Gingrich served up a right-wing theology that would dismantle every social advance since the institution of child labor laws and eviscerate the judiciary that has protected civil rights for a half-century.
Mr. Santorum talked endlessly about his opposition to a woman?s right to choose an abortion and gay Americans? right to marry, while insisting that he would protect Americans? right to carry guns anywhere at anytime.

Even then, he had a hard time keeping up with Representative Michele Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party caucus, who said she was the only Republican who would defend ?faith, marriage and the protection of life from conception to natural death.?

Representative Paul delighted young crowds with his libertarian slogans ? no war, no Federal Reserve, basically no government ? but seemed to have no real ideas other than to follow the literal words of the Constitution. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas based virtually his entire appeal on his religious faith ? a desperation play that failed and led him to retreat to Texas to decide whether to continue his obviously pointless candidacy.

In the middle of all this, of course, was Mr. Romney, no real conservative trying to be all forms of conservative ? forswearing his belief in abortion rights and global warming while insisting the health care reform he championed in Massachusetts isn?t right for the rest of the country. He rivaled Mr. Gingrich in his false attacks on Mr. Obama, including claiming that the president travels the world apologizing for America.

As the Republican competition moves to New Hampshire next week, it is likely to focus less on social issues and more on economic issues. But that means even more of the slash-and-burn economics and class warfare that were also on display here.

Primaries bring out the extremism in candidates, but this year seems much worse because the ?center? of the Republican Party has lurched so far to the right. The only good news in this primary season is that the more Americans listen to the Republican hopefuls, the more the voters will realize how out of touch these candidates are with the majority of American

McCall is moving forward, making improvements

Thought you might want to hear something from Jackie Aymon, McCall City Councilperson

Star News 12-22-11

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Mr. Jim Tracy?s letter posted in the Dec. 15, 2011 edition of The Star-News (?McCall elections will ensure more incompetence, waste?).

First, let me start by saying thank you Mr. Tracy for being an active participant in local government. It is refreshing when someone has an opinion and the courage to put it in writing.

Secondly, I agree wholeheartedly with the assertion that Nic Swanson is an excellent city council member. He is truly a local treasure and I am honored to work with Nic on the council. With that said, there are a few debatable points listed in Mr. Tracy?s letter.

It is clear Mr. Tracy missed the public work session on the city snowplow plan. Had he attended, read The Star-News, or checked the city Web site, he would have learned that the city adopted a snow plow plan as well as, purchased a snow gate to be trialed this winter. I am hoping it will snow so we can test our new plan and equipment. Keep in mind, plans often need tweaking and look for improvements as we gain experience.

Then there is the sundial in beautiful Legacy Park. It is thanks to the McCall Urban Renewal District that Legacy Park was built. Urban renewal districts are taxing districts, the same as hospital taxing districts, and the city did not fund this project. Fortunately the city gets to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

City buildings, like many buildings built in the 1980s, are in need of up update and repair. Recent improvements include an energy- efficient retrofit and improvements to our campus internet capabilities. Plans for a new city campus are part of the Comprehensive Plan, McCall?s guiding document. Big projects take discussion, planning and years to bring online. A new city campus is a hope for the future.

The sewer system has a rough and murky history. There have been many suits and countersuits throughout. This year the current council settled the last piece of the J-Ditch litigation, as well as a long-standing suit with the sewer district.

An advisory committee composed of experts from the city, sewer district, and an independent advisor was tasked with providing us with the best and most cost effective way forward in treating and discharging our future waste water. This process is ongoing and there will be public meetings and hearings in the future to guide our decision.

Finally, our city staffs, including the city manager and police officers, are hard-working, enthusiastic people who serve the city well. We also have a host of advisory committees and boards that are run by capable and talented volunteers. In difficult economic times, the city of McCall is moving forward and making modest improvements we can afford.

Competence is often viewed through the eyes of the beholder and voters get to decide that. I have three college degrees, none in city government. What that means is college was cheaper in the ?olden days? and I know how to study. I cannot speak for my fellow council members, but I can tell you they are smart, engaged, and committed to doing their very best for McCall and the people we serve. Again, thank you Mr. Tracy for voicing your opinion.

Jackie J. Aymon, McCall City Council