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August 2008

Changing the Rules for 2012

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Dean.jpgThe Democratic National Convention Rules Committee today unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the DNC to establish a Democratic Change Commission to consider controversial issues which arose in this year’s presidential nomination process and recommend changes in that process to the DNC.  The Resolution directs the Commission to move the delegate selection process back so most primaries are spaced out in March and later, reduce the number of  super delegates, and establish new criteria for caucuses.  The Resolution was supported by the leadership of the DNC, and the Obama and Clinton campaigns.  Two resolutions raising concerns about the caucus process had been offered, but were withdrawn at the meeting. 

  DNC Change Commission (169.8 KiB, 1,345 hits)

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DNC Rules: “Organized, Unified, and Ready to Lead”

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The Democratic National Convention Rules Committee met this morning and unanimously adopted proposed Convention Rules and a resolution calling for the establishment of a Democratic Change Commission which will make recommendations regarding the 2012 Presidential nomination process, and address issues including timing, caucuses, and super delegates.  [See next post.]

The proposed Convention Rules are similar to rules used in prior years.  The Rules, and the agenda, which the Committee also adopted, provide for Reports from the Credentials, Rules, and Platform Committees on Monday night and nomination of the President and Vice President on Wednesday.  (Obama’s acceptance speech is, of course, Thursday night.)  Here are the Rules —

  National Convention Rules (499.3 KiB, 1,067 hits)

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A Party that Stands for Something – The DPVA Resolutions/Platform Process

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The current DPVA resolutions process explained and justified.

At this year’s state convention, the Virginia Democratic Party (DPVA) adopted a broad-ranging platform setting forth the party’s views on a variety of issues – from support for early childhood education to restoring voting rights to former offenders.   The Republican Party, near as I can tell, adopted a single resolution, supporting guns in state parks.  (See References tab for these documents, and past DPVA platforms.)  Although the DPVA has debated the value of resolutions over the years, the current process provides a balance that allows Democratic policy views to be heard, yet keeps our focus on electing Democrats to implement those policies.

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Report from the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

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Thanks to Voncille Hines, from Arlington, for providing this report, and thanks to all of the Virginia members of the Platform Committee.


In an effort to provide every American an opportunity to give their input in shaping the principles of the Democratic Party, Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee launched the “Listening to America” initiative.  After months of preparation, the participation of more than 25,000 individuals in 1600 listening to America forums that took place in communities in all 50 states, including a national hearing held in Cleveland, Ohio, the 186-member Democratic Platform Committee convened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 9, 2008, to deliberate on the draft document presented by the Platform Drafting Committee. An overview of each section of the platform was given by noted elected officials and prominent members of the Democratic Party, including Dr. Susan Rice, foreign policy advisor to Senator Obama. Over 120 amendments were submitted, several of which were withdrawn, or included in the chair’s amendments. At the end of the day-long meeting members voted to endorse the draft platform presented by the Platform Drafting Committee.Read More »Report from the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

Hillary’s name to be placed in nomination

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AP reports that the Clinton and Obama campaigns have agreed that Hillary’s name will be offered in nomination and presumably there will be a roll call vote at the convention.   Story here. This has been described as a “traditional” way of proceeding, although it would be the first such roll call vote this century.  Only Dennis Kucinich placed his name in nomination against John Kerry in 2004 and BIll Bradley did not have a roll call vote against Al Gore in 2000. 

Nevertheless, the Obama and Clinton campaigns have decided that such a move will assist party unification and should yield positive results.  Democrats (including me) have great respect for Senator Clinton and her campaign, and her nomination reflects that respect.  Then it’s on to November, with Senator Clinton and her supporters, working to elect Barack Obama.

Here is the statement from the Obama campaign.

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Democratic National Convention Committees to Meet

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Convention.jpgThe Democratic Convention Committees will meet to do their work before the National Convention begins.  See DNC Release re: Commitees.  Platform is meeting this weekend – report to follow.  Rules is meeting the saturday before the convention, but the Credentials meeting on sunday may revisit the Florida/Michigan delegation issues.

The Platform Committee will meet on August 9th – many of you participated in the 1200 Obama campaign platform meetings held around the country last month.  Kudos to Maureen Markham and her team for the excellent “Platform Café” at Celias in Arlington (see similar Listening to America – Platform for Change results).  Virginia’s Platform Committee members are invited to submit their comments on the meeting, and we will post them here.

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DemRulz Arrivz

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Welcom to DemRulz.  This site will feature my regular reports from the Democratic National Committee, occasional news and comment regarding Virignia politics, and useful links… Read More »DemRulz Arrivz