The focus for the 2020 Presidential Election for Democrats and even Republicans is on unseating Donald J. Trump as president and ensuring members of Congress who have ignored the will of their own constituents and the rest of the nation are replaced by candidates who pledge to work together for the voters, not special interests.
Already, the field of Democrats is crowded with 23 announced contenders, with one firm GOP candidate having declared. Follow the field by clicking here for updates.
Since Donald J. Trump took the Oath of Office as president in January 2017, he has fulfilled next to none of his campaign promises, and has lied on the record more than 10,000 times. He has relied upon his Cabinet appointees and executive orders to undo long-established federal policies and practices at home and abroad, often to the dismay and distress of voters and the world at large.
The 2020 election, therefore, must address, as much as any forward-looking policy proposals, the best ways to repair the damage, distress, and distrust the Trump presidency has caused. Disastrous “border wall” and xenophobic, racist immigration proposals have become hallmarks of his failed policies.
Idaho is changing. In less than a decade, Boise has grown 18.2 percent in population(a gain of 112,557 people between 2010 and 2018), to rank No. 14 among the nation’s fastest-growing cities. At the same time, however, the state’s population overall has advanced just 2.01 percent. The job market in the state capitol has also revived, with employment rising 22.1 percent in the period, with a 3.3 percent annual unemployment rate, and more spending power, with a median household income of $54,120. Statewide, however, the median household income grew about 0.8 percent, to $52,225, and Idaho still has an overall poverty rate of 14.5 percent.
Adjusting to complexities result from Idaho’s growth and change amid widening disparity in living standards and expectations will require careful planning and a much more astute awareness of the state’s gaps in such key areas as education, infrastructure and transportation, and environmental protection. These are not partisan concerns. They are mutual imperatives that should motivate every concerned voter, regardless of party.
We are caught in an information crisis, and it’s largely one of our own making. This is a bitter irony the 21st Century, in which, with wide access to more information more quickly than ever before, so many Americans know so little about their own country and how it’s supposed to work.
Soon after Donald J. Trump took office in 2017, The New York Times noted his presidency has galvanized political activism to a level of passion not seen since the civil rights movement. The first Womens March was the largest coordinated demonstration of its kind in American history.
It may not qualify as a "Blue Wave," but the Midterm Democratic victories in the House of Representatives will mean a definite change in the way Congress deals with the Trump agenda from now to the 2020 election.
A big part of civic activism is communication, especially with elected officials. Whether through letters, emails, phone calls, or in person, give them the good news and the bad. They work for us.
Voters in Idaho and many other parts of America made it clear healthcare protection is Job One for lawmakers at both state and national levels, despite a vocal minority.
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