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islander Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 08:05 PM
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1. Here's the highlights (I think):
Don't feel bad; I've been to state conventions, and I'm a little confused by the 2-day schedule -- I was just on the phone yesterday talking to president of the Trenton Democrats, trying to figure this out. (My employer told me a couple of days ago that I have to fly to Chicago that Sunday -- that's making a mess of my weekend!) Let's try to hit the important points:

1) To vote, you have to have been an MDP member for 30 days or be a precinct delegate. Not both. For members, you just show them your membership card, and they give you a nametag and convention program.

2) Most of the Saturday morning interest-group caucuses are pretty informal. Show up at whatever ones you think are interesting. If you decide to formally "join" the caucus (which often just means "join the mailng list"), they'll probably hand you a form on the spot. Often, there's nothing to vote on, the big decisions having been made pre-Convention.

3) For the District caucuses, you obviously only get to vote in your district's caucus. District caucuses can be used to suggest motions (usually platform planks) for a convention-wide vote -- if two (I think it's two) caucuses nominate the same motion, it goes to the convention floor. In practice, the Powers That Be usually select all the "new" motions before hand, so nothing crazy gets through to the floor.

4) Here's where I get confused -- in the one-day conventions, the schedule is "interest group caucus, district caucus, speeches, floor votes". This two-day schedule looks like the floor votes are being held back until Sunday (because there's nothing Saturday's schedule after the district caucuses), but I've haven't found anybody to confirm that for me officially.

5) I think that "party structure & rules training" session on Sunday is the new training session for precinct delegates that the party's been promising.

That's all I can really tell you. I'm not really an expert.
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