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"As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little bit before you think."
- Toni Morrison
 
Friends,

The legislative session is out for the year, yet our work as legislators continues. We serve on interim committees and participate on panels to share session outcomes and intentions for future accomplishments.   We also work to empower and enrich our communities in many different ways.  This is particularly pertinent given the recent despicable, racist vandalism committed against the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and quite frankly, our entire community.  Nothing of this speaks to the character of the Idaho I know and love. Concerned citizens from across the state have stepped forward with donations to support replacement and repairs of the Idaho Declaration of Human Rights Tablets. Learn more about the Wassmuth Center, home of the Anne Frank Memorial at www.wassmuthcenter.org.  Idaho House and Senate Leadership publicly condemned the attacks with a call to reject the actions completely. You can read our joint statement here.
 
Commitment to equality
The fervent fight for full human rights for the LGBTQ community continues. That feeling was quite palpable at the memorial fundraiser for the late Steven Nelson. His parents have chosen to honor his tragic passing by establishing a scholarship for LGBTQ students at Boise State University. I was pleased to participate in the program. I also served on the Planned Parenthood legislative recap with Senator Maryanne Jordan (D-17) and Representative Melissa Wintrow (D-19). This organization works diligently to provide outstanding medical services to our community.  Planned Parent is an invaluable resource to women and families.
 
I-Wil Public Service Training
Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and I served as panelists discussing current issues and the legislative process at Idaho Women in Leadership (I-Wil). Conversation was amazing and I was thrilled to see women from many disciplines and backgrounds preparing for opportunities in leadership roles across the state. I proudly serve on the advisory board of I-Wil along with Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper, Former Director of Idaho Parks and Recreation Nancy Merrill, and several other community leaders. We continue to encourage women to step up, step out, and lead.
 
Grocery Tax
We ended this session on a high note: the grocery tax. Removing Idaho's grocery tax directly benefits working-class and middle-class families who proportionately spend a much higher percentage of their income on groceries. The measure also benefits small border town businesses that often see customers travel across the border for basic needs, resulting in negative impacts to Idaho's economy. The Senate and House voted to repeal the tax, but the governor used his power to veto the legislation. Confusion lies in the details though, as it appears Governor Otter may have vetoed the bill too late. A band of 30 Republican legislators are challenging the veto in the court, and the fight is ongoing.
 
Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Search
I have the pleasure of serving on the IDP Personnel Committee. We have been tasked with seeking the brightest and best candidate to serve as our next executive director. We are finalizing the job description and will post in a nation-wide search. This is a critical time for Democrats in Idaho and we stand to gain so much. The new executive director will have a tremendous opportunity and must embrace the role with strong leadership, enthusiasm and vigor.
 
Chief of Staff Selected for Idaho Business Review's "40 Accomplished Under 40" Award
I'm so proud to tell you that our Chief of Staff, Caitlin Lister, has been selected as one of this year's "40 Accomplished Under 40" recipients. This designation serves to honor Idaho business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. Caitlin is a force. She is a former Marine with two combat deployments and service as a Marine Security Guard, protecting US classified material abroad. Caitlin's service now extends to the Senate Democrats with a background in political consulting and policy support. She lives in Meridian with her husband Dan and their two children, and is pursuing her MPA at Boise State University. Congratulations, Caitlin!
 
As always, if you have questions or concerns you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..gov. I welcome your suggestions and comments.
 
Respectfully,
Cherie

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