Idaho 2008 Senate candidate Larry LaRocco was at Daily Kos again today live blogging and kicking off a 72 hour blograising push. After pulling sanitation duty in Orofino a couple of weeks ago, LaRocco writes that he's lined up a new job in his "Working for Senate" campaign. On Friday he'll be working at a Pocatello nursing home, Beacon Hospital and Rehabilitation. A LaRocco press release described the new job.
“My shift starts at 6 a.m., and I’ll be working under the direction of a certified nursing assistant,” LaRocco said. “Health care is a key segment of Idaho’s economy. It’s a fast-growing field that employs some of our most skilled and compassionate people. I look forward to listening to and learning from Beacon Hospital’s staff as I work alongside them.”
In this live blogging session, LaRocco spent over an hour answering questions and exchanging ideas with people from all over the U.S. In one response he encapsulated the sentiments of many Idahoans.
I live in a region in transition. Idaho is the third fastest growing state in the US. We have many new residents with strong feelings about the future of the state and country. We can all agree that we're on the wrong track and the slightest uptick in accountability at the national level would be a big improvement. ... [Larry Craig] has asked no tough questions and consequently many Idahoans have had not representation on a major issue confronting our state and country today. It's simply time for a change and new direction in the US.
Meanwhile the other Larry, Senator Craig, (who has yet to decide if he's up to another term) seems to have angered more veterans. VA Watchdog dot Org is reporting that Craig attempted but failed to block a measure allowing Priority Group 8 veterans, those with no service-connected disabilities and incomes of at least $27,000 a year, from enrolling in the VA healthcare system.
In a post entitled "Sen. Larry Craig continues fight to deny healthcare to qualified veterans" the group pulled no punches. Read the whole post for background and links to all the relevant info. Here's a snip:
The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs has voted to allow Priority Group 8 veterans to enroll in the VA healthcare system. They were denied that legal benefit in 2003. [...] But, once again, trying to stand in the way was Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), Ranking Minority Member on the Committee.
They conclude by saying that they were thankful that cooler and smarter heads prevailed in the Committee.
We hope that in 2008, cooler heads prevail as well and voters send the Larry who is willing to work alongside average Idahoans to work for Idaho in the Senate. That would be Larry LaRocco.