BOISE -- Idaho Democrats are touting the party's new platform and offering it up as a stark contrast to the Republican alternative and the GOP's recent tilt to more libertarian, tea party ideals.

Democrats approved the new document during a three-day convention last week in Boise.

Platform Committee Chairman Eldon Wallace is challenging Idaho voters to take a careful look at the positions now being advanced by Democrats compared to the Republicans. Later this week, Republicans will gather in Twin Falls to decide their party's platform for the next two years.

Beliefs contained the document include rejection of private elections, a response to the GOP's decision last month to close the primary election.

Democrats also reject government intrusion into personal medical decisions and unproven education experiments in public schools.

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