What a weekend! We had a fine small pro-union demo here in solidarity with the Wisconsin demonstrators. This is a day for cleaning up and catching up, and I have GOT to do some yoga, but I'll have more to say later on. In the meantime, here is a picture of some of the motley crew.
School Superintendent Tom Luna is doing the hatchet work in Idaho. My niece is a teacher there and is very very upset. Her husband is a firefighter. I'm sure he isn't happy about all this either. This is a state that is being run by a handful of rich people. Many people live in Idaho because they like the comfortable way of life and feel safe and protected from urban ills and social change. Well, change has come to them, and they have got to fight. I hope they have the will.
Idaho is not like Wisconsin. Their press is completely under right wing control, and most seriously there is no progressive tradition. None. I don't think their chances are very good.
More bad news: from the Huff Post:
Mississippi is the most conservative state in the nation, a new Gallup poll finds.
According to the study, 50.5 percent of the state's residents identify themselves as holding conservative political beliefs, the first time that a state has gone over 50 percent and the highest overall number that Gallup has found in similar polls. Idaho clocked in at second with 48.5 percent identification, (my italics) and Alabama third with 48.3. The top ten most conservative states all had conservative identification numbers of 45 percent or higher.
My interpretation: The state skews way right because conservative whites like to live there and it has a very small minority population.
Teachers there are the proverbial sitting ducks. No chance at all.