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June 14, 2008 11:33 AM

Democrats' draft platform

Posted by David Postman

Here is the current draft of the Washington state Democratic Party's platform.

A few interesting items in the draft. Many speakers in the past two days talked about how the extended battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was good for the Democratic Party. But the platform calls for:

Significantly shortening the process of selecting Presidential nominees and allowing for
accessible and meaningful citizen participation;

Democrats mention free trade in several places in the platform. It says Democrats want

  • International trade based on fair trade including living wages and environmental protection; …
  • Only those multilateral trade agreements that are conditioned on environmental , health and safety standards, human rights and workers rights, and which support transparent democratic processes;
  • Strict health, safety and environmental standards worldwide, as well as worker rights and welfare internationally. …
  • Renegotiation of treaties such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that fail to promote human rights, labor rights and environmental protections;

The draft calls for a federal “cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence” and a “progressive tax system at both the federal and state level,” and “Immediate restoration of voting rights of felons upon completion of parole.”

On education, the party’s draft is in opposition to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s support of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, and calls for

Abandoning the WASL as a mandatory high school graduation requirement;

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Posted by William

11:41 AM, Jun 14, 2008

Iím sadden this blog has nothing to say about the passing of a great American Mr. Tim Russert, he was fair and balanced maybe it could be that Tim wasnít a bias democrat. God Bless him and his family.

William

Posted by Methow Ken

12:26 PM, Jun 14, 2008

David,

Thanks for posting the whole platform; I forced myself to read it: Clearly something that every far-left, eco-extremist, big-government, socialist moonbat can heartily endorse and identify with.

There are so many seriously wrong, scary, and just plain crazy proposals in this draft that I'm not even going to try and comment on most of it. I will instead focus on the one part that gave me the biggest laugh; but that also confirms the (D) party in WA really doesn't like the way our Republic is set up; i.e.:
The part where they say:

''Reforms that would result in election of the President of the United States by popular vote, . . .''

Since it only takes 13 states to block a Constitutional amendment, and since there are without a doubt 13 or more small states that will NEVER give up that much Electoral College political power voluntarity (regardless of the party in power at the moment), you can automatically file this under the ''not a snowball's chance'' category. Too bad we can't automatically do same with most of the rest of it.

Posted by Dave Gibney

1:17 PM, Jun 14, 2008

Something that should be noted is the prominent position of the excellent Agriculture Plank. Much of that is the result of consistent efforts from Whitman County and the 9th LD. We may have a little trouble electing Democrats over here, (which is and will change), but you canít deny our influence (and that of Vice Chair Eileen Mccoll) when it comes to one of the major issues in Washington.

It should also be noted that Co-chair of our Platform and Resolutions Committee, Ken Caylor of Othello, is challenging Mr. Hailey for Position 1 Representative in the 9th LD.

Posted by Carole Reid

10:07 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Too much emphasis is but on any one individual when it is really an entire group that has worked hard and spoken up here in Eastern WA. The Vice Chair is not that important. No one person is.

Posted by Glitchus

4:11 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Which grade school student body election did this "platform" come from?

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