Resolutions Committee Final Report

Congratulations on adoption of your convention resolutions. The top 56 have been sent on to the State DFL Platform Committee. Find your results in this Resolutions Committee Final Report (PDF).

While 60% affirmative vote is required to pass, because we can only adopt the top 56 vote-getters, the actual threshold for adoption was 73%.

Only a couple of handfuls received under 50%, showing the passion our district party has for the issues. Let’s keep the fires burning this election cycle and get some more Democrats elected!

Some additional thoughts from your Resolutions Committee chairs:

Just because a resolution failed does not mean it’s not important. There are so many urgent issues these days. A resolution generally failed more because it did not have a robust education effort around it, it was ill-formed or confusing, it was a lightning rod issue that many people disagreed with, or it was down-ballot, and ultimately — because we can only adopt 56, and many more than that were submitted.

Having so many resolutions was really detrimental to the ballot, as all resolutions numbered over 110 failed. We know from past experience that a ballot must be under 150 questions or it is physically impossible to vote on during the convention. Judging from the results, in the future it will be important to keep the ballot under 100 questions. The Resolutions committee has broad authority to delete, combine or otherwise edit resolutions so as to make a manageable-size ballot, and while we did that to a great degree this cycle we’ll take note to do it again with more precision in any future cycles like this (over 500 resolutions were submitted).

The petition resolutions in particular failed almost all quite spectacularly, by contrast showing the importance of preparation, education, and advocacy far ahead of caucuses in producing a successful resolution. Bringing a resolution up at the last minute in the convention means the writer has the benefit neither of his/her/hem’s supporters’ edits nor of the Resolutions Committee’s questions and edits.

While some people were well-entitled to bring petition resolutions due to the Party Issues section being lost, it seems that others joined in on the process, thinking that this was a good time for an off-the-cuff resolution. While this is a reasonable assumption, and we as a committee were not inclined to dissuade anyone from seeking their fair hearing, it seems everyone can now agree that it is not the best way to produce a successful resolution.

Such resolutions tended to be (not all were of course) either ill-formed or inexplicable, and in some cases I sensed the obvious confusion from the convention crowd. Minutes are valuable during a convention, and the priority is always the endorsements, not resolutions. Conducting such a petition resolutions vote on the floor of the convention meant that there was no time to educate the voters if needed. In the future, I urge everyone considering a petition resolution to pause, move their effort on to the next convention cycle and plan for success.

We thank everybody for your care and concern about the DFL, the state, and the nation and its people. Remember that resolutions are not the end, they are just the beginning! Time to get out there and elect Democrats up and down the ticket so we can get all these great things enacted.

Sharon Sudman and Mike Schoenberg
Resolutions Committee co-chairs