The holidays will barely be over before lawmakers who make up the 2013 Idaho Legislature set up shop at the Statehouse.
But the 2012 legislative session is still fresh on the minds of many Idahoans in the wake of several controversial moments: lawmakers refusing to Add the Words to offer statewide discrimination protections, recrafting Idaho's education system (which voters pushed back against in three Nov. 6 referendums), and the ill-fated measure that would have required Idaho women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Planned Parenthood was a significant political force through the 2012 electoral season, stepping up against Republican U.S. Senate candidates who made controversial remarks about rape and/or abortion.
"You saw some pretty big names make some pretty negative coments—many of them offensive—and none of those candidates won," said Hannah Brass Greer, legislative director and Idaho team lead for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
Greer, who spends her days at the Statehouse during the legislative session, says her organization still has "some work to do" in Idaho.
"This was the first year we did political work here in Idaho in earnest," said Greer. "We were conservative in scope and dollars compared to our other Northwest states. But we proved this year that Planned Parenthood had the highest percentage of wins among national organizations that offered support and endorsements. We can turn out the votes."
In Wednsday's edition of Boise Weekly, we consider this new voice of advocacy at the Idaho Legislature in a story we call "Planned Politics."