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Diplomat | Political Campaign, Party, Blog Responsive WordPress Theme
So if I read these threads correctly this feature does not work. Kind of an important part of any theme, design and layout to be able to assign sidebars and widgets to specific pages. I need a real answer to this as my client wants to drop the theme and move on.
Also this issue with featured images is a real show stopper as well. Not sure how anyone can release a theme with these major issues. These are not bugs.