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Sun Jun 29, 2014, 08:14 PM

Texas Democratic Party Platform

I had a whole ten minutes to review the platform before we voted on it at the convention. Juanita Jean herownself was on the platform committee and she told us that it was the most progressive platform that she had seen and I believe her. I trust Juanita Jean on things like this. They worked on the platform for 12 hours on Thursday and started at 8 AM on Saturday and did not finish until 4:30 PM.

I will post a link when the platform is put up but from what I saw, it is a very progressive document that is a stark contrast to the Texas GOP platform. I think that we will be pleased with this document.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sun Jun 29, 2014, 08:27 PM

1. 10 minutes to review it, then vote on it.

A platform that had a full 12 hours of work put into it.

I thought everything is BIG in Texas?

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sun Jun 29, 2014, 09:19 PM

2. Thought you were still in Rules.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 01:23 AM

3. Thanks! If you can get a copy to post here, please do! I trust Juanita too! Bookmarking to see it.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 04:35 AM

4. Was a little disappointed to see the $15 min wage resolution

defeated. And I wish I could hear the rationalizations of those who voted it down.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 04:39 AM

5. Here's a link to the full platform

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Response to PDittie (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 05:51 AM

6. Beats the hell out of the platform of NO! offered by the idjits.

Now let's hope we can pull it off and some of the people wake up and start voting in their best interests instead of voting for the R's.

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Response to PDittie (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 10:13 AM

7. According to Juanita Jean, that is the draft

The platform committee worked on the platform from 8 AM to 4:30 PM The final platform is being cleanup and will be posted later this week.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 03:45 PM

8. In her blog post this morning....

This one: http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/06/29/home/

...she linked to the Statesman (paywall)...

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/texas-democrats-platform-assails-republicans-attac/ngWC6/

which had the link (I posted above) to the platform.

Since she is one of the authors of the platform, there's no reason to question her now when she says that's a first (or second or third or whatever) draft. But -- and I'm sorry to have to say this -- delaying the final draft for several days after the convention makes us look like the Republicans.

I mean, weren't we just making fun of them last week for taking a week after their convention to put theirs out?

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Response to PDittie (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 04:57 PM

9. It is the draft prior to the work of the Platform committee

The version I saw still had handwritten changes that needed to be typed. Changes were made but the document is still very progressive.

I will be seeing Don tomorrow and I will check with him.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Jun 30, 2014, 06:28 PM

10. It still contains language against high-capacity magazines

I ran the Gun Owners Caucus again at the Dallas convention. We even got coverage from KERA on the issue of Democrats and gun legislation.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Jul 2, 2014, 11:35 AM

11. Here is the Official Texas Democratic Party Platform

http://m.txdemocrats.org/pdf/2014-Platform.pdf It is a very progressive document. For example here is the section on decriminalization of pot

DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

Our current penal marijuana laws give power, control, and illicit funding to violent Drug Cartels. The laws destroy young lives with a criminal record and possible prison incarceration. Such harsh laws serve no useful purpose. Such prohibition promotes disrespect for the law and reinforces ethnic and generational divides between the public and law enforcement.

Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans are arrested for marijuana possession violations - far more than all those arrested for violent crimes in America. Societal costs dealing with the war on drugs concerning marijuana exceeds 12 billion dollars annually. Since the war on drugs began, 85% of the arrests for marijuana have been for possession only.

Marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol. Recent polls show over 60% of Americans believe marijuana should be decriminalized. While arrests for marijuana since 1965 have included over 20 million citizens, marijuana is more prevalent than ever before.

There is no evidence that marijuana is a “gateway” drug leading to use of other more lethal drugs. 75% of citizens arrested for marijuana are under 30. Persons of color account for a majority of those arrested for marijuana. Criminal conviction permanently scars a young person for life.

Texas Democrats urges the President, the Attorney General, Congress as well as the Texas Legislature, to support the passage of legislation to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and regulate its use, production, and sale as is done with tobacco and alcohol.

Colorado and Washington have successfully implemented laws to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and regulate its use and sale and taxing of marijuana. The Governor in his budget for Colorado projects 134 million dollars in tax revenue in the current fiscal year. We urge the immediate decriminalization of possession and use of medical marijuana. We support the Texas Legislature to study the laws and systems in Colorado and Washington as a first step
in implementing a similar system in Texas.

Last cycle, Lawrence O'Donnell read this portion of the platform on the Last Word

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Jul 2, 2014, 12:06 PM

12. Section on Reparative therapy

Here is the Section on Reparative Therapy

Personal Security: Ban Reparative Therapy

For decades it has been beyond dispute by health professionals that homosexuality is a normal, natural and positive variation of human sexual orientation. Similarly, it is clear that a person’s gender identity — one’s inner sense of being male or female — is deep-seated and cannot be changed. Yet, in 2014, the Republican Party of Texas continues to encourage violence against the very souls of LGBTQ people through the quackery known as “reparative therapy" which is now illegal in two states. Texas Democrats strongly oppose the use of any public funding for this demonstrably harmful practice. We further call on the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to fully investigate and to sanction any practitioner who engages in reparative therapy

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