Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota
Monday 13 December 2004
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
1. Precinct caucuses
Resolved, That the following bylaw is adopted under the constitution, article IV, section 2:
1. When a municipal election occurs in a year when statewide precinct caucuses are not being held, the delegates to the conventions that may endorse candidates for that municipal election will be elected by and from precinct caucuses held for that purpose, on the first Tuesday in March at 7 p.m. in the same manner as the last statewide precinct caucuses, except as this bylaw otherwise provides.
2. Each caucus may elect one delegate and one alternate per 25 votes in the DFL Party Candidates Average Vote, calculated in the manner for which the State Party’s constitution provides.
2. Campaign 2005
(a) Precinct caucuses. Each precinct caucus will occur on the first Tuesday in March at 7 p.m. The Chair, in consultation with the chair of each affected senate district, will arrange for each caucus, and may arrange all the caucuses in a ward at or around the same place.
(a) Precinct caucuses. Each precinct caucus will occur on the first Saturday in March at 10 a.m. The Chair, in consultation with the chair of each affected senate district, will arrange for each caucus, and must arrange all the caucuses in a ward at or around the same place.
(b) Ward conventions. Each ward convention will occur on a Saturday or Sunday in March or April 2005, not earlier than two weeks after the precinct caucuses, at a time and place set by the Chair in consultation with the ward coordinator and the chair of each affected senate district. The Chair must stagger the ward conventions so that not more than three wards are meeting on any given day. The standard rules for ward conventions that the Central Committee adopted in January 2001 will apply to these ward conventions.
(b) Ward conventions. Each ward convention will occur on the first Saturday in March at 1 p.m., at or near the same place as the precinct caucuses. The standard rules for ward conventions that the Central Committee adopted in January 2001 will apply to these ward conventions.
(c) Park-district conventions. Each park-district convention will occur in conjunction with the City Convention.
(c) Park-district conventions. Each park-district convention will occur on a Saturday or Sunday in April or May 2005, after the last ward convention, at a time and place set by the Chair in consultation with the chair of each affected senate district. The Chair must stagger the park-district conventions so that not more than three park districts are meeting on any given day.
(d) City Convention. The City Convention will occur on a Saturday in May 2005, at a time and place set by the Chair in consultation with the Campaign Committee and announced as early as possible, preferably not later than February 2005.
2. Pre-convention committees. For the City Convention, the following pre-convention committees are established:
(a) Arrangements. The Arrangements Committee—
(1) prepares and publishes the Convention’s program, which includes the proposed agenda, proposed rules, any proposed constitutional amendment, and any other business for the Convention’s consideration filed by written notice to the Chair at least fifteen days before the Convention;
(2) awards concessions for food and drink during the Convention;
(3) in consultation with the host site, makes rules for signs and other campaigning and otherwise regulates the use of space at the site;
(4) arranges tables, a hospitality area, or other space for campaigning outside the hall;
(5) arranges seating in the hall, including seating for the park-district conventions; and
(6) takes all other necessary or prudent measures for the delegates’ comfort and convenience.
The Arrangements Committee may charge a price that earns at least a reasonable return for advertising in the program, or for renting a table or other space in or near the hall.
(b) Credentials. The Credentials Committee prepares a roster of delegates and alternates entitled to be seated, and accordingly prepares credentials and issues them to delegates and alternates who appear so entitled.
(c) Nominating. The Nominating Committee nominates, and may if necessary recruit, at least one nominee for each Party officer that the Convention will elect. The Nominating Committee will not consider any endorsement that the Convention will consider.
(d) Rules. The Rules Committee recommends rules and an agenda for the orderly conduct of the Convention’s business.
Each such pre-convention committee must meet at least three weeks before the Convention at a time and place set by the Chair. Each such pre-convention committee may declare and fill any vacancy in its membership.
3. Campaign Committee.
(a) Composition and function. There is established a Campaign Committee, which will organize the City, ward, and park-district conventions and coordinate the Party’s efforts with its endorsed candidates’ campaigns for the municipal elections in 2005. Before the City Convention, the committee consists of the officers, together with the chair or another representative from each senate district. After the City Convention, the committee consists of the officers, the chair or another representative from each senate district, and each endorsed candidate or a representative from each such candidate’s campaign. For this resolution’s purposes, the "committee" means the Campaign Committee.
(b) Relationship with Central Committee. The Campaign Committee will advise the Central Committee about matters relating to the City, ward, and park-district conventions and the endorsed candidates’ campaigns for the municipal elections in 2005, with the understanding that the Central Committee and not the Campaign Committee will ordinarily decide any such matter. The Campaign Committee may act on the Central Committee’s behalf if—
(1) the Central Committee has explicitly delegated the power to so act;
(2) the Central Committee has met for the purpose of considering the matter, but adjourned without acting on it;
(3) a decision is necessary before the Central Committee can meet; or
(4) the action is so routine or uncontroversial that the Campaign Committee unanimously believes the Central Committee will not object.