by Josh Gross
Even the most cursory look at the news can give one the impression that the world is in flames, especially here in Idaho, where we've recently seen the Republican-controlled Legislature shoot down local control of natural gas resources, block a bill to ban housing and employment discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and pass a bill to evict those pesky Occupiers, whose vigil serves as a constant reminder of a litany of economic issues lawmakers would likely prefer to sweep under the rug.
It's enough to make you want to say f@#$ it and party. And since today is Fat Tuesday, the semi-official opening for Mardi Gras, there's no shortage of parties going down tonight.
But if you think you're the only one feeling stressed dealing with the hullaballoo, think about the poor state legislators losing the good fight. They could probably use a little moral support right about now—that or a stern half-time lecture about "winning one for the Gipper." And you could be the one to give it to them, if you can peel yourself away from Fat Tuesdaying about the city.
Lucky for you, today there's a way to combine all that into one single event.
From noon-1:15 p.m., the Ada County Democrats are hosting a FREE Brown Bag Lunch with Rep. Elaine Smith and Sen. Edgar Malepeai in the House Minority Caucus Room, Room 426, fourth floor, of the Capitol.
There you have it: It's your chance to hobnob with the Dems and to do it over lunch so you don't have to trim any fat from your Tuesday.
Those interested should RSVP by calling 208-331-2128.