WSDCC April Meeting
By Kate Kruller
April 22, 2017
The Washington State Democratic Central Committee met in Walla Walla for the April 2017 meeting.
As you may recall, this year I was reappointed to the Rules Committee. As of the last meeting, the state committee relegated this committee with the additional duties of reviewing any WSDCC Charter or By Laws amendments before they are placed before the General Assembly Membership Meeting body for considerations. These are only recommendations to the body from the perspective of whether what is proposed is not in conflict with the DNC or other language contained in the respective document, is what the author intended, is appropriate for the document (not better suited for something else, such as special rules) and makes sense at the state level.
We considered three WSDCC Charter amendments. The first idea was to add language Article I Section C: “Show Up, Elect Democrats and Build Community.” Although the spirit was in the right place, the committee voted to recommend a no-pass position, because the section of the charter is a critical document of limited language. The author was encouraged to work through educational/communications teams at the WSDCC to formulate a narrative/messaging along the same lines.
The second item arrived in a condition of language that even the author did not intend. It proposed enlarging the WSDCC Executive Committee by electing two congressional district chairs – one male; one female – and placing them on the Executive Committee with a half-vote each. The committee voted to recommend a no-pass, due to the fact that the concept had not been well vetted by the author, complications from logistics of facilitating a binary-vote process and the fact that the Executive Committee has no real power. It is primarily an advisory committee to the Executive Board. There were also concerns about the complexities of nearly doubling the size of the committee and that may render the committee too large to function with any semblance of efficiency.
The third item concerned renaming the Affirmative Action Committee. There were multiple motions to capture the name change at the Rules Committee, but there were conflicting reports on whether there was consensus from that committee on what the final name should be. This was tabled until the next meeting of the WSDCC.