Friday night, after a quick pizza dinner with the Skamania County delegation, Lorrie attended a Votebuilder workshop, and has some good info to share with PCOs on how to use this valuable tool. Bob sat in on the Executive Board meeting, so he had a preview of what was to come on Saturday. Both of us joined the 4th Congressional District Caucus, where George Fearing was elected chair in a unanimous vote. You may recall that George ran for Congress in the last election. We'll have more info soon on potential candidates for the next election. We adjourned to the only hospitality suite for a taste of some local wine, fruit and cheese. Since we had an 8 mile drive to our 'homestay' in Milton-Freewater OR that night, and because it was SO crowded in the hotel suite, we headed out early.
Saturday morning, Skamania State Committeeman Paul Spencer made a presentation to the Rural and Agriculture Caucus on Forest Utilization. We have a copy of the speech and will post it to the main webpage shortly. While Bob attended the Eastern Washington Committee meeting, Lorrie went to the Technology Committee meeting, where more discussion of Votebuilder training and authorized use of Votebuilder took place.
Following that session, Bob went to hear an update of Organizing for America efforts, and Lorrie sat in on the Chairs Meeting, since we didn't have a chair with us. The most interesting part of the Chairs Meeting was an excellent presentation by Dr. Susan Plymate on health care reform. She referenced Sept. 2009 article in the New England Journal of Medicine , Getting Past Denial-The High Cost of Health Care in the United States. She reminded everyone that the TIME IS NOW to contact all of your representatives to insist on health care reform. For more information on Health Care Reform, see the WA Democrats website.
We also heard from the Approve 71 Campaign to preserve the Domestic Partnership Law. Please go to their website to see what you can do to help.
Sharon Mast gave a summary of the Caucus Improvement Team Report. Both primary format and caucus format have their plusses. One of the interesting ideas presented was to use the primary results to determine number of delegates, and caucuses to choose delegates and discuss platforms.
We joined the Skamania delegation for lunch and talked about doing some joint events with them. Then it was back to the hotel for the Central Committee Meeting. The main discussion and action was about Rules for the Selection of Candidates and Nominees for Public Office, and the 2010 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan. We also had a number of resolutions that were voted on as recommended by the Resolutions Committee. The location of the 2010 State Convention will be Vancouver, WA. Fortunately for us, the meeting was over by 5 pm, and we made it safely back to Klickitat County Saturday night.
If you'd like to know more about the WSDCC meetings, ask Bob or Lorrie.