28 Feb 2011
February 28, 2011

DNC 2011 Winter Meeting Resolutions

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Here is the final report of the DNC Resolutions Committee, including recognition of the accomplishments of the Obama Administration, support for voting rights, and saluting America’s working families – in Wisconsin and elsewhere. 

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27 Feb 2011
February 27, 2011

DNC Winter Meeting General Session

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The DNC held its General Session meeting on Saturday morning.  Highlights: DC Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the DNC, pointed out DC’s lack of democratic representation in Congress, and endorsed Statehood for the District. New White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley discussed the President’s plans to balance the budget, but cautioned against “balancing the budget..

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25 Feb 2011
February 25, 2011

DNC Women’s Caucus Meets

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The DNC Women’s caucus, chaired by our own Mame Reiley, met this morning and heard speakers and reports.  Jenny Kaplan, Special Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, spoke, inter alia, about encouraging science education for girls, advancing equal..

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25 Feb 2011
February 25, 2011

Reinventing the DNC Meeting?

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The DNC leadership and staff puts a tremendous amount of work into our twice-annual DNC meetings, but we should consider restructuring the meetings to make them more worthwhile.  Per our agenda, of the 30.5 total hours of meeting time over the 2 ½ day meeting, 16.5 hours were spent in various constituency group caucuses.  We could..

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24 Feb 2011
February 24, 2011

DNC 2011 Winter Meeting Part 1

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The Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) (composed of the chair and vice chair of each state party) had an extensive and frank discussion of DNC-state party partnership (including funding issues).  Under the 50 State Strategy of former Chair Howard Dean, DNC hired and funded certain state Democratic Party staff people.  The current DNC has..

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24 Feb 2011
February 24, 2011

DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meets

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The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee held its “shortest meeting on record” today.  In its meeting in San Juan last fall, the RBC finalized the rules and regulations, which were sent to State parties by Dec. 15.  Patrice Taylor reviewed the upcoming deadlines (see below).  The DNC will present a delegate selection plan webinar (to..

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23 Feb 2011
February 23, 2011

JJ Weekend: Black History Presentation

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A new addition to JJ weekend was a presentation by the Democratic Black Caucus on Richmond’s important black historical landmarks sites, chaired by DBC President Evelyn Morris-Harris.  State Senator Henry Marsh and former Delegate Ferguson Reid shared their recollections and Party Chair Brian Moran presented former Delegate Jean Cunningham with a resolution thanking her for her work as Chair..

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23 Feb 2011
February 23, 2011

DNC Winter Meeting Starts Tomorrow

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The DNC will meet in Washington DC at the Wardman Park Marriott on Feb 24-26, 2011.  Below are the updated schedule and the Resolutions package.  I will be posting form the meeting.    

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22 Feb 2011
February 22, 2011

2011 State Election Primary Update

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 The Governor signed the bill changing the primary date for General Assembly and local offices to August 23, 2011.   Thanks to Arlington Democratic Chair Mike Lieberman for forwarding this update, which reports on changes from the original bill: Window in which political parties must notify the State Board of Elections (SBE) if a primary has..

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22 Feb 2011
February 22, 2011

JJ Awards Luncheon

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Saturday of JJ weekend featured the annual awards luncheon and an address by Ray Buckley, the President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, which is the DNC’s State Chairs organization.  For a number of years, each Congressional District Democratic Committee has given a “grassroots” award to a volunteer party activist.  This year’s winners were..

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