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June 3, 2006

Democrats Approve Platform

Posted by David Postman at 5:39 PM

Democrats approved their platform with very little debate and very few changes to what the platform committee proposed. Some delegates were clearly unhappy when a majority voted to end debate on the platform. And some didn't agree when a voice vote was said to have approved the platform.

The changes were mostly minor. For example, in the foreign policy plank delegates eliminated the call for the United States to leave not just Iraq but military bases in adjacent countries.

There are still resolutions to consider, including the ones calling for impeachment of President Bush. It's already been a long day.

"Stay hydrated," someone just announced from the stage. (So far no warning about dangerous pink liquid being passed through the crowd.)

In other convention news:

  • Among all the Democratic pins for sale here is a small one that says, "It's not working." That was what state party chairman Dwight Pelz said to DNC Chairman Howard Dean about the party's mushy stance on Iraq.
  • Republican Party Chairwoman Diane Tebelius has sent out her weekly message to party members. She declares last week's GOP convention a success and highlights the immigration plank.

    "The section on immigration is in-line with the sentiments of Washington State voters," Tebelius wrote. She describes it as a call for an immigration plan that strictly enforces borders, does not provide amnesty and "creates a reasonable guest worker program." She doesn't mention the party's call to oppose automatic citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants.

    The party posted the entire platform here.

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