The Democratic National Committee held its first meeting of the new term in Charlotte on September 7, 2012. (DNC terms begin at the closing gavel of each Presidential nominating convention.) The meeting was far better attended than the 2008 meeting in Denver. Some highlights:
- Numerous speakers congratulated DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Fox, and everyone else who worked together to put on this epic event; the most unified, energetic, and focused National Democratic Convention ever.
- Congress has added a representative from the Northern Mariana Islands to Congress, so the DNC amended its Charter and By-Laws to add 2 DNC members from there as well. Next convention’s roll call just got one “state” longer, but of course we welcome the new delegation.
- There were a number of questions about the DNC’s response to voter suppression efforts. The Chair will set up a call with Will Crossley, DNC Voter Protection coordinator, to make sure that people understand the party’s ongoing efforts. Check out www.protectingthevote.org and www.gottavote.org.
- Next meetings – Executive Committee & Association of Democratic Chairs, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012; full DNC, January 21, 2013 in Washington DC.
VA DNC Member
I was proud to represent Virginia on the Democratic National Committee for 12 years. I am in DC now, but still active in voter protection and Democratic Party rules. More about me, click here.