January 20, 2005

Political Moderates

Republican versus Democrat, red states versus blue states, conservative versus liberal. Since the last presidential election, the media has been reporting that America is a divided nation. But is that true? The founder of a grassroots organization for political moderates talks with Marcia Franklin about his views and goals for Idaho politics.

Dr. Keith Allred, a Boise State professor, believes that America is not as divided as it has been portrayed and is made up of many more independents and moderates. In that light, he has just started "The Common Interest," a lobby group that will represent people who feel disenfranchised by the two main political parties. The group will research various topics, take positions and advocate at the legislature. Allred is a fifth generation Idahoan, and former professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.