2008 Tomorrow’s Legislative District Caucus
posted by April 4 at 17:13 PMon
A couple of us here at Slog have been trying to figure out how to get a plank onto the Washington State Democrats’ 2008 platform.
Our idea was a plank that would make the caucus process more accessible next time around. I was actually angling for maximum reform, and calling for a changeover to a regular primary. But with the the top-two primary complicating that into oblivion, there’s always the idea of adding a mail-in component to the caucus process.
Having been told (incorrectly it turns out) at our respective precincts that the precinct caucus was not the place to float platform ideas, we were shocked to learn that the platform is already queued up for a vote, and it’s too late to suggest new planks … sorta.
Here’s the deal:
You were supposed to bring platform ideas to your precinct caucus on Feb. 9. At that level—where the real priority was choosing delegates—some precincts voted, and some didn’t, and some figured out their own method of forwarding plank proposals to the legislative district. (At my precinct, we didn’t talk about planks, and in fact, were told that business would be handled at the County Convention.)
All the ideas that came from the precinct level, were recently reviewed by legislative district committees. “We got a shopping cart full of envelopes,” reports a member of the 43rd District’s platform committee.
Her committee, like every platform committee at the legislative district level, forwarded the ideas—which they winnowed down by reviewing them all, finding common themes, consolidating, voting down, voting up—to the County level. And that’s how the current platform, with about 10 “do pass” new planks (which will be online in the next week) came to be.
The only change you can make now at the county level—that’s the next delegate meeting (April 13 at West Seattle HS for King County) after this weekend’s legislative district meeting where delegates will be winnowed down—is suggesting an amendment to existing language and proposals. You’ll need 25 hands up to support you. And I’m told there probably isn’t going to be time for amendments anyway.
As for offering up a full-on plank: You can try to do it at this weekend’s Legislative District meeting, but that’ll go LD by LD, and really, the business this weekend is to elect Obama and Clinton delegates from among the delegates who were chosen back on February 9 to go forward to the county. So good luck if you want to offer up a plank tomorrow (10am!) at your LD caucus.
11th Aerospace Machinists Industrial District Lodge 751 IAM&AW
9125 15th Place South – Seattle 98108
Chair: Susan Kruller, firstname.lastname@example.org
34th West Seattle High School Gym
3000 California Avenue SW – Seattle 98116
Chair: Ivan Weiss, email@example.com
36th Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th Street – Seattle 98117
Chair: Peter House, firstname.lastname@example.org
37th Cleveland High School
5511 15th Avenue – Seattle 98108
Chair: Rob Holland, email@example.com
43rd Lincoln High School (Garfield currently using facility)
4400 Interlake Avenue N – Seattle 98103
Chair: Hillary Madsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
46th Ingraham High School
1819 North 135th Street, Seattle, WA 98133
Chair: Javier Valdez, email@example.com