Convention Central: Weekly RoundUp
"... the most diverse and the most forward-looking convention that we've had in recent history." -- Reverend Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC
The Place: July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia at The Wells Fargo Center & Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Purpose: The national Democratic party convenes every four years to choose our nominee for President and Vice President, and to adopt a public platform or "plank" of issues and vote on the rules and procedures that govern party activities and the process for nominating the presidential candidate in the next election.
The Convention marks the end of the primary election period in June, and the kick off to the November 8, 2016 general election race for our 45th President.
The Process: The four-day Convention Schedule covers official party business, speeches, VP selection - and culminates in a state-by-state roll call vote for the Presidential nominee. Approximately 5000 delegates from all fifty states, the territories and Democrats Abroad, vote for the Party's nominee.
The People: 50,000+ delegates, elected and party officials, donors, activists, lobbyists, labor, celebrities and media will attend. Another 35 million will tune in nightly by television.
The Players: Two Committees run the convention - The DNCC and the Philly Host Committee.
For a Staff List, see DemList's early Convention Primer.
For the first time, the DNC is holding regional Platform Drafting Committee Hearings to get the input of dems of all stripes on the party's official plank of issues.The first two hearings were held June 8-9 in Washington, DC, and June 17-18 in Phoenix, Arizona. Next Up:
June 24-25 in St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101, Crystal Ballroom
Friday, June 24 @ 9:00am central
Saturday, June 25 @ 8:30am central
July 8-9 in Orlando, Florida (location and time to be determined)Hearings are open to the public. To participate go to http://www.demconvention.com/platform to:
- Record a video message via Skype,
- Submit your written request or testimony in writing or
- Testify in person
At the Heart of it All
The DNCC has officially moved into the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia! 50 personnel will be stationed there full-time as we count down to the big event.
Pass this on to friends and colleagues for happenings and information nationally, and on the ground in Philly, in preparation for the July 25-28th Democratic Convention!
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