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The Missouri Democratic Party met by congressional district across the state on Thursday evening to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina in early September. Delegates and alternates to the congressional district meetings were selected at county meetings in March. The 4th Congressional District meeting took place in Warsaw with 119 delegates voting to select three female and two male delegates to the national convention.
Delegates and alternates were required to sign in before 7:30 p.m.
with many arriving over an hour before the start of the meeting for a potluck dinner.
Delegates and a representative of the Missouri Democratic Party (center) in conversation before the meeting.
Delegates can campaign for themselves or others seeking one of the coveted congressional district national delegate spots.
Holmes Osborne, the Democratic Party candidate in the 53rd Legislative District.
Members of the 4th Congressional District Democratic Committee (consisting of county chairs and vice chairs
and legislative district chairs and vice chairs) held a brief meeting before the start of the election of national delegates.
Alternates who were selected as voting delegates (as replacements for those delegates who were not able to attend)
are registered as delegates and receive their orange ballot card before the start of balloting.
Candidates for the three female delegate slots (as well as candidates for the two male delegate slots) were given the opportunity to make a one minute speech before the vote.
Counting the ballots cast for female delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Holding up orange delegate cards – waiting to receive ballots to vote
for the male delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Even in on “off year” the local party works to establish the funding and infrastructure for the next election cycle. It’s an opportunity to sustain connections and hear from candidates already working hard toward that next cycle. And it’s a chance to enjoy an afternoon of good company, good food, and fundraising for the cause.
Courtney Cole, Democratic Party candidate in the 121st Legislative District, speaking with Johnson County office holders.
A reminder e-mail sent out to local Democrats:
Festival of Soups — this Sunday, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Warrensburg Community Center at Gay & Mitchell Streets.
Funds raised will be used for Democratic headquarters in 2010, and to support local candidates.
You won’t want to miss the delicious variety of soups (a dozen in all, from Italian wedding soup to Chinese hot & sour), the assortment of breads and muffins, the yummy desserts (15), or the opportunity to vote for your favorite soup and dessert (or the cook :-). We’ll have background music, good company, and comments by local candidates about 4 pm.
The silent auction features many household decorative items, from framed prints to quilts and political mugs that change from red to blue when heated. Bidding will close about 4 pm, and we’ll announce the buyers after brief political comments.
Doors open at 2:30 (please don’t come early unless you’re helping set up), and close at 5 pm. You are welcome to come late–there’s plenty of food, and the soups will be kept warm….
I had the good fortune to taste a variety of great cuisine and visit with old and new Democratic Party friends. I also spent some money on a couple of items at the silent auction.
A few college Democrats joined the quest for good food and politics.
Other good Democrats from Pettis and Lafayette Counties joined local folks at the event.
The Johnson County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday evening in the banquet room at a downtown Warrensburg eating establishment.
Over years of Democratic Party activism I’ve always noted a drop off in participation in party organizations after general election cycles – in particular after a presidential election. In the past if one were to bring this phenomenon up in discussion among long time party activists you would get nods of knowing agreement.
This post participation drop off doesn’t appear to be the case now. I’ve observed that people who pitched in as first time volunteers in the Obama and Nixon field operations in our area have continued to be involved in our local Democratic Party institutions. The attendance at meetings is up when compared to the same point after previous election cycles.
The agendas of these meetings contain the usual business elements, like finances, bills, minutes, informational programming, committee reports, but the very important ground work for the next election cycle is also starting up. It’s been a little over three months since the election.
Candidate recruitment (and education, if someone decides they’re going to run) has begun with all due care and speed. Activists and volunteers gained valuable expertise and experience in the last election and they’re eager to test their new found chops for Democratic Party candidates in the coming election cycle.
Our local meetings are now a mix of those with experience (and some longevity as well as institutional memory), newcomers, elected officials, past and potential candidates, political operatives, and the occasional cartoonist…
Oh, hell no.
…Just have to add that what is the point to this? Are they concerned the Missouri Democratic Party is too leftwing, and so concerned that they have to yell out loud, “Those people are unserious leftists, but we are very serious people who people can trust?”?
The 4th Congressional District Committee met at the Pettis County Museum in Sedalia, Missouri this afternoon.
Approximately 30 individuals gathered this afternoon at the Pettis County Museum in Sedalia for a meeting of the 4th Congressional District Democratic Committee. Voting membership of the committee includes the Democratic Party county chairs and vice chairs and legislative district chairs and vice chairs within the 4th Congressional District.
The agenda for this meeting included the usual organizational business (minutes and treasurer’s report) as well as a recap of the November 2008 general election from the perspective of those in attendance, planning for an August 2009 fundraising event, and strategic planning for future endeavors.
Six members of the Missouri State Democratic Committee were in attendance, some by virtue of their membership in the congressional committee, others as guests. Each shared their impression of the first state committee meeting after the election.
On the drive to Sedalia we were able to observe a product of past federal government economic stimulus spending:
On the way to Sedalia, along U.S. Highway 50, we spotted $2.5 billion dollars of U.S. government spending – all in one spot.
Your tax dollars at work.
The Missouri Democratic Party State Committee met in Columbia yesterday and elected Craig Hosmer its new chair (don’t fret, this reorganization is done every two years).
Former state Rep. Craig Hosmer of Springfield has been named chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.
The Springfield lawyer and current Greene County Democratic Party chairman will replace John Temporiti, who officially stepped down from the post today at a party reorganization meeting in Columbia.
Hosmer was Gov.-elect Jay Nixon’s top pick for the job after Nixon won Greene County in the Nov. 4 election. Hosmer was Nixon’s campaign treasurer…
On Thursday the Missouri Democratic Party issued the following release:
Temporiti Stepping Down As Missouri Democratic Chair Following Historic Election Cycle
Democrats Now Hold 5 of the 6 Statewide Offices, Including Governorship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 04, 2008
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Democratic Party Chairman John Temporiti announced today that he is stepping down as party chairman following a historic election cycle that saw Missouri Democrats capture five of the six statewide offices, including the governorship.
Temporiti will hand over the chairmanship at the party’s reorganization meeting this Saturday in Columbia. At that time the Democratic State Committee will select a new chairman in consultation with Gov.-elect Nixon and the other Democratic elected officials to serve for the next election cycle.
“It has been an absolute honor to lead the party at such a historic time,” Temporiti said. “I’m proud of the job the party has done in expanding the electoral map for Missouri Democrats. The advancements we have made over the last couple of years paid dividends in November and will continue to do so for years to come. By stepping down now, it will give the next chairman of the party the entire election cycle to implement a new agenda, and will allow me to stand ready to serve Gov.-elect Nixon’s administration in any way possible.”
Nixon and the other Democratic officials praised Temporiti tenure as chairman and credited his leadership for the Democratic gains in November.
“A key factor in last month’s Democratic victories was the seamless working relationship our campaigns enjoyed with the Missouri Democratic Party,” said Gov.-elect Jay Nixon. “It is a testament to John’s leadership that Democrats have made such positive gains in Missouri. I value his work ethic and friendship and will continue to seek his participation as we work to move Missouri forward.”
Temporiti is an attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman. He previously served as Chief of Governmental Affairs to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Temporiti’s executive experience includes positions as President and CEO of both Mayflower Transit and Vanliner Insurance Company. From 1981-1985 Temporiti served as Chief of Staff to St. Louis City Mayor Vince Schoemehl.
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Craig Hosmer ran for the state senate in Greene County in 2002:
Official Election Returns
State of Missouri General Election – 11/5/2002
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers
on Thursday, November 21, 2002
State Senator – District 30 – Summary
Hosmer, Craig DEM 24,419 48.5%
Champion, Norma (Aunt Norma) REP 25,915 51.5%
Total Votes 50,334
Whoa, that was close. In Greene County. In a bad year for Democrats. It’s obvious he knows a thing or two about running for office.
Watching TV the other night, I saw my first ad for a downballot race, for Michael Gibbons for Attorney General. It was a pretty unremarkable ad (never good news for an advertiser) but one thing stood out precisely because of its absence – Gibbons didn’t mention his party identification. I went to Mike’s website this morning to see if I could watch the ad again and find that I was mistaken, and sure enough, there is no mention of the Republican Party. Neither is there much mention of the Republican Party on his website. In fact, I had to resort to a Google search to find any, and they were all in the “Newsroom” section.
Why not? Chris Koster announces at the very top of the website that he’s a Democrat – why won’t Gibbons? The Republican Party holds the legislature and the Governor’s Mansion, and their own candidates won’t even say what party they belong to?
The Missouri State Democratic Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Columbia Expo Center in Columbia on Saturday, May 10th.
Schedule of Events
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Exhibitor Registration
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Volunteer Briefings, Standing Committee Meetings
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Booths and Cafe Vendors Open
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Delegate and Alternate Registration/Credentialing
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon VIP and Guest Registration
11:30 a.m. – 12 noon Replace vacant delegate positions with alternates.
11:00 a.m. Expo Center Opens for Seating
12:00 noon Convention begins
Blue Girl, Clark, hotflash and I will be there covering the entire
s [“Preview” is our friend] show. It’s a rare chance for the four of us to be in the same place at the same time. It’s also an opportunity for you all (and us) to say hello to each other, visit a bit, and talk about what’s what in Missouri and national politics.
Besides, the state convention is always a gas.
You will know us by our media credentials.
There’ll be a lot of opportunities to interact with activist rank and file Democrats and Democratic candidates from across the state. Buttonhole someone and ask them a thing or two. We all intend to do so.
The business at the convention includes seating all the county delegates, electing 8 national Clinton delegates and 2 national Clinton alternates, electing 8 national Obama delegates and 2 national Obama alternates, and electing the Missouri DNC representatives. Think about that last one for a minute. They’ll be 2012 super delegates. Yep, that’s right. Your Missouri super delegates are elected.
Now, the convention is (if I understand it correctly) open to the public to observe, but you’ve got to have delegate or media credentials to get out on the “floor”.
There will be plenty of speechifying – some from Missouri politicians and a lot from average folks who are running for those delegate slots. I guarantee that it’ll be interesting. That’s one reason why we’ll all be there to cover it.
The Missouri presidential primary will take place on February 5, 2008. After that, the process for selecting Missouri’s delegates who will nominate the party’s candidate for president in Denver at the Democratic National Convention will unfold at various levels through the beginning of May.
The first step is to be registered to vote by January 9, 2008. The second step is to actually vote in the February 5th presidential primary. If you don’t do so, you can’t be a delegate. Period.
…Participation in the Missouri delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats, who are residents of and registered voters in the political subdivision (ward, township, county, legislative district) which is holding the mass meeting, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age, who declare themselves to be Democrats, and are not members of any other political party. Every person attending a ward, township, legislative district, or county mass meeting shall sign a standardized declaration furnished by the Missouri State Democratic Committee that states he or she meets the qualifications as set forth in this section and indicates the address and telephone number of his or her permanent residence. They shall then receive a pledge of support form to be submitted to their caucus leader at the time caucuses are formed. This form shall also include a declaration of affiliation to the Democratic Party and confirm that they voted in the 2008 Presidential Democratic Primary…
The party will check to see if you voted in the primary – it’s a public record. If you didn’t vote in the presidential primary and you somehow get selected in the early part of the process you will forfeit your position.
Missouri’s presidential primary vote is binding. The delegates will be allocated in proportion to the candidates’ percentage of votes in the primary as long as the candidate has reached a threshold of 15%.
If you want to try to get elected as a delegate to the national convention you must participate in all applicable meetings through the state party convention in May. No proxies are allowed. If you are otherwise eligible to participate (that is, you’ve been elected early in the process) and you don’t show up, you are not eligible to stand for election as a delegate at that level.
On February 28, 2008 the first of the mass meetings in the process will take place. It’s a convoluted process depending on where you live, so check the plan to see what applies to you.
On March 27, 2008 delegates to the national convention will be selected in the congressional district meetings. Each congressional district is allocated a specific number of delegates and alternates based on previous voting performance in presidential elections. That is, if you live in a predominantly Democratic district your area gets more delegates.
The party also has an affirmative action plan. Half the delegate and alternate positions are allocated to males, half are allocated to females. There are also allocations based on race and orientation. Since it is a very public record, if you run and are elected as a national delegate based on your orientation, everyone who’s paying attention, including people who didn’t previously know of your orientation, will know.
The state Democratic Committee will meet on April 5, 2008 to elect PLEO (party leader/elected official) delegates in proportion to the presidential candidates’ votes in the primary. PLEO delegates can be state wide office holders, large city mayors, and/or other prominent elected officials or party activists.
The state convention will be on May 10, 2008. At large national delegates will be elected there.
I was elected as a national delegate in 2000 at my congressional district meeting. I first had to get elected at my county meeting. I participated in the state convention and, of course, the national convention. In 1996 I was an alternate to the state convention, getting seated as a voting delegate when another individual couldn’t attend. I learned about the process by participating in it. In 2004 I was on the state committee – however, I had supported Howard Dean who did not meet the 15% threshold. I caucused with the Edwards meeting (I had a choice – Edwards or Kerry – no other candidates met the threshold) and cast my vote to elect Edwards delegates to the national convention. I am no longer on the state committee so I won’t be involved in that part of the process.
I plan on participating in the process as much as I am able (that is, county meeting, congressional district meeting, state convention) but I will not be running for a national delegate slot.
You can view the plan at the Missouri Democratic Party web site:
The Democratic National Convention will be in Denver, Colorado from August 25-28, 2008. If you want to try and participate as a delegate to the national convention you better start familiarizing yourself with the process and start planning now.
A few words of advice. Half the battle is in just showing up. Depending on a lot of other variables you just might find yourself in the right place at the right time.