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2018–the year of turnover

January 7th, 2018
2018–the year of turnover

The Idaho Statesman posted an interesting article on the 2018 Legislative Session, set to begin only hours hence. The dominate issue affecting Idaho’s Legislature is expected to be deciphering the impact of the newly passed federal tax reform—Mr. Trump’s Christmas present as it has been styled.  At this point, those affects on Idaho budget concerns have yet to be determined.

The Statesman article also noted that “The election landscape this time is rare.” The term “shootout at the O.K. corral” was used.

For example, three state executive offices are open contests—Governor, Lt. Governor and Treasurer.  For the first time in over a decade, no incumbent will vie for any of these offices.  In addition, one U.S. Congressional race is also an open contest…with many Idaho Republicans chomping at the bit.

On top of that, three Idaho Legislators have announced retirement—Keough, Bell and King—who have been suckled on the state payroll since sometime clear back to the Pleistocene Age.  And a couple more incumbents have moved upward in the bureaucracy, trading the pittance pay of a citizen legislator for plusher digs of a more permanent government nameplate.

The potential cornucopia of open seats has roiled many long sitting State Legislators—who have equally been puckered to their seats since the last Ice Age—if not well before. Politicians across Idaho have queued up to take a Power Ball ticket for the upcoming May 2018 primary chance.  It will be a great and grand year for political turnover…irrespective of the instability in the White House, and the pining of national Democrats to return to the majority in the Senate if not the House.

If them, then why not us?  CP-Idaho wishes to encourage our registered voters to step up and declare their own elective candidacies.

We have little doubt that 2018 will be a banner year in the elections process.  In many respects, the “old order” is turning over.  What it may be replaced with will  largely depend on those who participate in its replacement.  Term limits, in other words, have an active component to them.  We limit nothing if we do not compete.

We do understand that, in some cases, long ensconced incumbencies are merely a switching chairs in 2018.  But even so, this year should bring about a new wave citizens entering elective office…and there is no reason why CP-Idahoans should not be part of that wave.

If CP-Idaho is to continue as a viable political alternative state party choice, it must directly participate in the elections process.  Scriptures certainly counsel against placing a lamp beneath a basket, and expecting someone to see it.  That is an impossible expectation.  Therefore, set it free.  Let it shine.

Surely 2018 offers a wealth of potential contests in which CP-Idaho affiliated voters can enrich the dialog and expand the spectrum by declaring competitive candidacies.  As a state party, CP-Idaho stands ready to assist our 2018 participating citizen candidates, upon request.  Contact us.

The 2018 state candidate filing window to declare candidacies is February 26, 2018 to March 9, 2018.  Details can be found at the Idaho Secretary of State website.  (Please note:  county elective offices are to be filed at the same time, except that these are taken by the respective county clerks not the Secretary of State.)

Lastly, an historical note:  2006 was the largest number of CP-Idaho candidates fielded; we had ten vie for public office on our printed ballot lines.  In 2016, CP-Idaho put up seven candidates; three of whom launched federal contests.  Surely, given the number of open seats across the state in 2018, CP-Idaho can easily best the previous “2006 class” total candidacies on the ballot.

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