So WHO is going to be the new DNC Chair? This really really matters.
The much-needed collective soul searching, introspection and serious course-correction (to be kind) that’s going to be essential to save the Democratic Party from itself in coming months and years, is only going to happen if its new DNC chair is someone who is somewhat removed from the hopelessly corrupted Clinton/Wasserman/Brazile crowd. There are a YUUGE number of newly awakened Democratic voters and potentially supportive Indies — thanks to Bernie Sanders’ campaign — who can and will salvage this disaster, but that’s only going to happen if the new head of the DNC fish is not already rotten.
The DNC is selected through a complex process in which state representatives, national representatives, and interest group representatives are picked or appointed based on their constituency group. There are mandated gender balance rules, and ethnic diversity is strongly encouraged in the charter. The DNC elects the Chairman, and the Chairman and the Executive Committee of the DNC run the national party.
The Executive Committee is a committee composed of DNC members chosen based on a semi-elected, semi-appointed process, and is sort of the legislative branch of the DNC. It is mandated to meet at least four times a year, and oversees DNC operational issues.
“The Voting Process
On the weekend of February 23-26, 2017 the members of the Democratic National Committee will elect a new Chairman by majority vote. If upon the first three ballots, there is no majority, the candidate with the fewest number of votes will be dropped from the ballot, and a new vote held. This will be repeated until there is a majority choice for Chair.
Who are the DNC Members?
There are 441 votes in the Democratic National Committee, split among 446 members. The goal of the membership makeup of the DNC is to have a representative sample of the members of the Democratic Party from the grassroots, local, state, and Federal level, as well as its various constituents such as labor, women, and minority groups. There are 200 state party members elected by state committees, conventions, and straight votes, depending on the state. Every state party chair has a vote, as well as the highest ranking member of the state party who is of the opposite sex as the state party chair. There are also 75 at large members chosen by appointment, as well as reprentatives from party organs like the House and Senate Conferences, Mayors, AGs, etc. According to the Charter, there is mandated gender balance within the Democratic National Committee, and among representatives from states and party organs.”
The above info was lifted from the Kos article link below. This article provides additional details of exactly who will be entitled to vote in the election of the new DNC Chairperson, and more about how the voting process works.
I’m still educating myself about this process, who all the candidates are, etc., but personally at this point am hopeful that the new Chair will be Keith Ellison. I hope we at JPR can begin to give this Feb. 23rd-26th election the attention it deserves, in support of the progressive New Deal Dem wing of the Democratic Party.
ON EDIT: JPR member Fasttense points out below in post #15, that this year’s DNC election date is actually happening on the weekend of Feb 23rd-26th, NOT FEB 12th. This is a very old Kos article, from 2005, not 2017. I am so sorry for the confusion, it was not intentional. I changed the date to the correct one, and think all the other info about the election process is accurate, but I’ll be way more careful to double check the dates of any articles I post.grasswire, snot, daleanime and 36 othersPastiche, chknltl, Paka, senz, Rider, Enthusiast, IdaBriggs, donDonE, Hari, zoolook67, historylovr, Odd John, NikolaC, Blackspade, misanthroptimist, Segami, hopemountain, disillusioned73, azurnoir, WillyT, OzoneTom, Jefferson23, nevereVereven, goodgirl, jdpriestly, RadicleFantast, northernsouthern, 7wo7rees, dreamnightwind, Marym625, Doremus Jessup, Baba OhReally, Abelenkpe, Silver Witch, jwirr, Satan like this
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