and wind Sunday afternoon did not stop the Kodiak Democratic Party faithful
from gathering under the gazebo at the Buskin River for their annual picnic,
and to talk with state party chair Patty Higgins, who is on a listening tour of
-- (Democrats 1 50 sec "We're
touring all over ... we're very interested in.")
said she was impressed by the Kodiak Democrats' organization, and has high
hopes for them in the future:
-- (Democrats 2 41 sec "Well
this is one very strong ... you guys can do it.")
Each of the
30 or so attendees took turns voicing their concerns, on local, state and
national issues. Health care for all was mentioned the most.
for strategies for how to respond to the often mean-spirited and divisive
rhetoric coming from those opposed to health care.
-- (Democrats 3 59 sec "How
do you deal with ... people have been sucked into it.")
concern came from a fisherman who said Alaska's fisheries are no longer as
egalitarian as the state's constitutional framers had in mind. Another, noting
the average age of the attendees was somewhat over 40, suggested more outreach
to young people, and minorities. Two others called for the end of the war on
person said both Democrat and Republican parties are in danger of being
hijacked by their respective radical minorities, while someone else suggested
the Democrats need to be as organized as the Republicans.
conceded that unseating Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens might be tough next year,
but that the Democrats should field a strong candidate anyway. She also said
the Alaska Senate Majority, which is led by Stevens, has been working well. It
includes all the Senate Democrats and all but the most conservative
-- (Democrats 4 21 sec "I
think that has been ... Stevens would stick with us.")
Stevens and fellow Kodiak Republican Representative Alan Austerman are up for
reelection in 2010.