Pre-convention Committees meet Saturday, 2/10

Initial meetings of pre-convention committees will be Saturday 2/10, 10am. No RSVP necessary, just come if you are a member or alternate to one of the committees.

They will meet at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 100.

Directions: Go to the intersection of Shepard Road and Randolph Ave. Follow Randolph off Shepard down towards the river. After passing the old power plant, turn left onto James Ave and then immediately turn right into the parking lot behind the sign that includes SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. Drive to the end of the parking lot for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

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

Report from the Resolutions Committee

Thank you to everyone on the Resolutions Committee who helped type and edit the over 500 resolutions we received from our 30 precincts here in Senate District 64. The Resolutions Report Worksheet is complete and ready for your review.

Delegates and Upgraded Alternates (alternates who have not been upgraded do not get to vote on resolutions): You will receive a printed Report Worksheet and Ballot at the convention. When voting, you should vote for all you agree with. Anything other than a “Yes” vote is a “No” vote. Use your official ballot. Only resolutions receiving votes of over 60% of all ballots cast become eligible for passage to the State DFL Platform Committee. SD64 may forward 56 resolutions to the State DFL, so the highest vote-getters will be a part of the 56.

Please note: the unfortunate situation of lost resolutions hardly ever rears its head, but we believe several Party Affairs resolutions are lost this year. Please check this Report for your Party Affairs resolution, and see us at the Resolutions desk during the convention (before 1:30) if you believe yours is missing, and we’ll help you prepare a petition resolution.

Get your answers to frequently asked questions about resolutions on the resolutions page.

Thanks everybody, and if you have additional questions, email resolutions@sd64dfl.org

Sharon Sudman and Mike Schoenberg
Resolutions Committee co-chairs

Results from Resolutions vote at the convention

Have you spent every day since our convention awaiting the results of the Resolutions vote with bated breath? Await no more! The votes have been counted, and the Resolutions Committee has re-released the full list of resolutions. Those resolutions that passed (receiving the requierd 60% of the vote) have been circled and highlighted. They resolutions will be forwarded on to the State DFL. Thank you to everyone who voted!