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Thurston County Democrat pre-caucus forum and straw poll

This year, precinct caucuses won't include an opportunity to discuss or vote on possible platform planks or resolutions. However, building an effective party platform is still an important activity. It's the one chance we have every couple of years to clearly articulate our values, defining who we are and what we stand for.

Therefore, in an effort to provide opportunities for discussion and participation, we will offer a series of "pre-caucus forums" throughout the county, and, since it's a presidential election year, we'll be doing straw polls to determine preferred candidates at each forum.

David Domke, a dynamic and popular speaker on framing the message in politics, will kick-off and help facilitate the first forum in Olympia on January 15. Participants at all three events will be able to discuss what they think should be included in the Thurston County Democrats' platform this year, submit resolutions, and "vote" for their favorite presidential candidate. You can begin the discussion early at www.thurstondemocrats.org/precaucusforums.

We hope you'll take advantage of these opportunities to discuss issues important to you in preparation for the upcoming election cycle.

Olympia (featuring UW Prof. David Domke*)
Tuesday, January 15 - 7:00 to 9:00pm
Olympia High School Commons, 1302 North Street SE, Olympia, WA

Yelm
Thursday, January 17 - 7:00 to 9:00pm
Gordon's Grange, Yelm Avenue E., Yelm, WA

Tenino
Saturday, January 19 - 1:00 to 3:00pm
Tenino Elementary School, 301 Old Highway 99 SE, Tenino, WA

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Is this a state wide change or just a Thurston County thing.
Having run an area caucus previously, I can say with confidence that the event ended on a sour note from a party building stand point since the platform debate interests only a small % of those who show up and can get painful to sit through for the newly active.
I thought at the time that it would have been far better if a short program about where the process goes from here immediately followed the final delegate determination. Those who show up could be given a few hand outs that would provide a state by state key showing dates and election types and detailing the timeline for our state and the super delegate counts etc.. The caucus leader might also give a brief history on how we came to where we are in terms of still having a caucus.

by Particle Man on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 10:36:33 AM PST

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  • Statewide by gibney, 01/11/2008 01:51:34 PM PST (none / 0)
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