DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR PARTY OF MINNESOTA
Wednesday April 19, 2006
3523 W. 48th Strteet
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. The Chair, David Weinlick, presided. The Secretary, Shireen Stone, recorded. No quorum was present. 1
Tim Bonham reported in writing. 2
Platform Commission Report
Jeanne Massey reported that the Platform Commission has established a process for moving city-specific resolutions forward. Approximately 20-30 city-specific caucus resolutions will be voted on at city convention.
Jeanne Massey moved to adopt the proposal for renting an optical scanning unit to speed the tallying of ballots and resolution votes at the convention. The proposal from the chair of platform commission had been mailed to committee members prior to the meeting. The motion was not adopted.
A motion was put forward authorizing the Chair to explore the possibility of renting a scanner from one of the schools. The motion was amended, authorizing the DFL to use scanning at the convention, but authorizing the Chair to look for the most cost effective option. The motion was further amended to set a $500 limit on the rental of any scanning equipment. The body voted to accept the amendments. The amended motion was adopted, authorizing but not requiring the Minneapolis DFL convention to use a scanner for tallying ballots and/or resolutions, with the Chair seeking most cost effective means of scanning up to $500.
Constitution Commission Report
Amanda Tempel announced that the Constitution Commission would meet immediately following the Central Committee meeting. She noted the following vacancies on the Commission:
Ward 10 (Female)
Ward 1 (Male)
Ward 2 (Female)
Ward 2 (Male)
Ward 4 (Female)
Ward 4 (Male)
Convention Business (Continued)
A motion was put forward authorizing the platform commission to accept a new resolution in light of difficulties experienced at several precinct caucuses. The motion was not adopted. It was noted that convention rules could be amended to accept resolutions on the floor. This would be a matter for the rules committee to consider.
A motion was put forward setting the city convention on Saturday, May 13, 2006 convening at 10:00 am. The motion was adopted.
The following people volunteered or were suggested as members of the Arrangements committee:
Ruthann Swanson (Chair)
Sheila Cracraft-Fehler Ward 12
Bill Johnson Ward 12
The following people volunteered or were suggested as members of the Credentials committee:
Tim Bonham Ward 12
Judy Melanson Ward 11
Ellen Van Iworden
Wil Nynas Ward 2 Precinct 2
The following people volunteered or were suggested as members of the Nominating committee:
Joelle Riley (Chair)
A motion was put forward to appoint these people as committee members and authorize the Chair to fill vacancies at his discretion. The motion was amended to specify a maximum of two committee members per ward. The body voted to accept the amendment and the amended motion was adopted.
The following people volunteered or were suggested as members of the Rules committee:
Julie Mattson Ostrow (chair) Ward 1
Ernie Lewis Ward 13
Kelly O-Brien Ward 11
Eric Pusey Ward 8 Precinct 7
Jeanne Massey Ward 8 Precinct 7
Tony Solgaard Ward 2 Precinct 2
Judy Saateren Ward 13 Precinct 6
John Quincy Ward 11 Precinct 5
John Townsend 1 (by letter)
Johan Engevik Ward 10
A motion was put forward to appoint these people as committee members and authorize the Chair to appoint up to two members from each ward with gender balance to fill vacancies. The motion was adopted.
Donna Cassutt, Associate State Party Chair, announced that a nation-wide canvass would take place on Saturday April 29 to identify DFL voters, and the party is seeking volunteers. The canvass is part of the Democratic National Committee’s 50-state year-round organizing strategy. The Minnesota State party is adopting a similar year-round strategy.
At 7:25pm, the meeting adjourned to meetings of the Pre-Convention Committees.