The Pledge

The Pledge

 

SEE HOW YOUR LEGISLATOR SCORED

Citizens Alliance of Idaho is an advocate for our shared Idaho values, regardless of party affiliation. That’s because all of our actions revolve around The Pledge: 10 simple commitments inspired by the Idaho State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. When an Idaho lawmaker signs The Pledge, they promise to uphold the following:

How was The Pledge created?

The Pledge was inspired by the Idaho State Constitution’s “Declaration of Rights” and the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, because these two documents outline the set of rules and values which all Idaho citizens have agreed to live by. These 10 commitments set a reasonable, fair and clear standard by which Idahoans can judge their elected officials.  

This contract between legislators and their constituents is written down and in full public view for anyone who wants to see it. No tricks and no spin. In fact, we invite all legislators from all political parties to meet with us and learn more about The Pledge and become signers.  

Signing The Pledge is a sign of loyalty to these values, not a pledge of loyalty to an organization or any special interests. If anything, the only special interests represented by the Pledge are the citizens of Idaho. 

Click here to see if your legislator has already signed.

How do I know if my lawmaker has signed The Pledge?

Citizens Alliance of Idaho asks all 70 Idaho state representatives and 35 state senators to sign The Pledge. Sign up to become a Citizen Pledge Champion to receive regular updates on Pledge Signers and whether your lawmaker is voting to uphold their commitment. 

What happens when a lawmaker signs The Pledge?

Lawmakers who honor the Pledge receive intense support in their district, including:

  • Digital and print advertising promoting their record
  • Thank you notes, emails and phone calls from constituents
  • Voter education on key issues that align with The Pledge
  • Townhall opportunities
  • Realtime legislative alerts to constituents

What happens when a lawmaker betrays or ignores The Pledge?

When a lawmaker signs The Pledge, they agree to be held publicly accountable. When they break this agreement we make sure their constituents are aware, utilizing tools such as:

  • Digital and print advertising on lawmaker votes and issues stances
  • Letter, email and text updates on their voting record 
  • Realtime legislative alerts to constituents 
  • Educational videos, cartoons and infographics

How does CAI score lawmakers?

CAI uses a simple “stoplight” rating system to score a lawmaker’s standing with The Pledge. 

Our goal is to bring honesty and integrity back to Idaho politics. True to our mission, we provide ample opportunity for Pledge Signers to have input into the scoring process. We host periodic check-ins during the legislative session where lawmakers can push back on how we score individual bills by providing different perspectives on legislation. For Pledge Signers in bad standing, we host virtual town halls with their constituents where they have a chance to defend their voting record as it relates to The Pledge in a respectful and civil environment. 

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