Delegating Denver #16 of 56: Idaho

View larger image.


Total Number of Delegates: 23 Pledged: 18 Unpledged: 5

How to Recognize an Idaho Delegate: Strangeness happens all over the world, but it seems to concentrate in Idaho. Just google the phrase "strange + Idaho" and prepare to get busy reading stories about straight senators seeking gay sex, Jews who are white supremacists and drunks who drive with live deer in their trunks. Stranger yet is that Democrats actually live in Idaho. Republicans force them to live in the small enclaves of Boise's north end, the Sun Valley/Ketchum millionaire zone and within the twelve blocks surrounding the state universities in Moscow and Pocatello. Survival in such a conservative atmosphere is of the utmost importance, and Idaho Democrats dress in what can only be described as Cabela's drag. Women prefer the popular broomstick skirt topped with a Ransom Canyon 3/4 sleeve tee and a blazer. Men's conservative camouflage consists of the classic twill shirts and Huntsman flat-front chinos. Hairstyles for both sexes will be sensible wash-n-wear styles that require little or no product and/or attention.

Famous Idahoans: America's greatest explorer, Sacagawea; America's most treasonous poet, Ezra Pound; performance artist (and Björk's boyfriend) Matthew Barney; Walt's wife, Lillian Disney; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson; WWE Golden Thong winner Torrie Wilson; Super-G Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street; Metal Slug gamer Marco Rossi; Built to Spill guitarist Doug Martsch; Napoleon Dynamite filmmaker Jared Hess.

Famous Idaho Democrats: Senator Frank Church; former governor and Carter administration Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus

Famous Idahoans With Denver Connections: Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer; Tuff Shed founder Tom Saurey; author Kathleen Epelde.

State Nickname: The Gem State, Famous Potatoes (official), the Big Potato, the O.C. North, Joe Albertson's State of Idaho (unofficial) Population: 1,466,465 Racial Distribution: 88% white, 0.6% black, 1% Asian, 1.4% Native American, 9% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $25,911 Unemployment: 5.4%

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Sean Cronin