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We inform, educate, and empower Idaho voters for active involvement in the democratic process and social justice advocacy. 

The Road to 2020

New Priorities

People demonstrate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) /Reuters

Candidate List Grows

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.

Who Has Announced So Far

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.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Deceit

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.

Undoing the Damage

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.

Moving Idaho Forward

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.

Need for Nonpartisan Governance

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.

A Closer Look

Real News/Fake News

The number of U.S. daily newspapers in 2016 fell to 1,286, down from 1,748 in 1970.

 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.  

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Get Involved Intelligently

More than 5,000 people marched in Boise, with 1,500 more around the Gem State.

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. 

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Power Shift in Washington

At 29, New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

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.

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Important Idaho Issues

Idaho citizens stand for equal rights and justice for all of us.

Friends of TransForm Idaho tell us they are concerned about social justice issues, especially about healthcare, economic stability, quality of education, and human rights and equal justice under law.

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Contact Your Lawmakers

Idaho legislators in the 1913-1914 session.

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.

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Healthcare Comes First

Voters across the nation (here in Maine) say healthcare is a right, not an option.

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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