Saturday, April 01, 2006


AFP: Killing Bin Laden will inspire 10 more: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama says that were Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden killed that hatred would cause another 10 like him to spring up, in an interview with a British newspaper.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told The Daily Telegraph that terrorists should be treated humanely.

He also revealed the workings of his relationship with US President George W. Bush, said Westerners had become too self-absorbed and repeated his opposition to homosexuality in a wide-ranging interview.

The Dalai Lama said modern terrorism was born out of jealousy of Western lifestyles.
"Fundamentalism is terrifying because it is based purely on emotion, rather than intelligence," the 70-year-old monk said at the seat of his government-in-exile in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamsala.

Full story, AFP News.

Friday, March 31, 2006


AP: Ga. Black Congresswoman refuses apology over hitting cop

Mar 31, 11:29 AM US/Eastern

By LAURIE KELLMAN -- Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Cynthia McKinney, left, the Georgia congresswoman who had a physical altercation with a police officer, is speaking out about the episode after saying she regretted the incident.

But she has refused to apologize in a statement and a brief on-camera interview.

The six-term congresswoman apparently struck a Capitol Police officer when he tried to stop her from entering a House office building without going through a metal detector. Members of Congress wear identifying lapel pins and routinely are waved into buildings without undergoing security checks. The officer apparently did not recognize McKinney, she said in a statement.

Asked on-camera Thursday by WSB-TV of Atlanta whether she intended to apologize, McKinney refused to comment. A news conference scheduled for Friday morning was canceled. She issued a statement late Wednesday saying she regretted the confrontation.

"I know that Capitol Hill Police are securing our safety, and I appreciate the work that they do. I have demonstrated my support for them in the past and I continue to support them now," she said in the statement on her Web site.

Capitol Police were considering Thursday whether to ask the U.S. Attorney's office to file charges against McKinney, a Democrat who represents Atlanta suburbs that make up one of Georgia's two black- majority districts.

Democrats and Republicans, meanwhile, engaged in a rhetorical scuffle over the incident.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress." She added that the police officer was not at fault.
"I would not make a big deal of this," said Pelosi, D-Calif.

Ron Bonjean, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., responded: "How many officers would have to be punched before it becomes a big deal?"

Full Story: AP News.


AFP: California protests over US immigration reform enter fifth day

AFP News, Mar 30 -- 4:48 PM US/Eastern

California students protested against proposed US immigration reform for a fifth day as Congress debates a crackdown on undocumented workers.

The protest came as President George W. Bush started a two-day summit with his Mexican counterpart Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

The American leader's first bilateral meeting was to be with Fox, whose country is worried about proposals in the US Congress to possibly criminalize unapproved entry into the country.
About 6.3 million of the more than 11 million-plus illegal immigrants believed to be in the United States are Mexican.

Bush backs a plan that would toughen border security but launch a guest worker program that would give 400,000 visas a year and open the possibility of full citizenship.

In San Diego, the major California city closest to the US-Mexican border, hundreds of high school students, mainly Hispanics, right, took to the streets to protest the measures under debate in the US Congress.

Police arrested between 30 and 40 protesters for obstruction and street actions, Music McCall, spokeswoman for the San Diego Unified School District, said. Most of the city's public schools have suspended classes until Monday.

Source: AFP-Breitbart News.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Salon: Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry GOP

At a messianic “War on Christians” conference, Tom DeLay warned that “the future of man hangs in the balance” as other righteous souls demanded that gay sex be explicitly described to restore “shame.”

By Michelle Goldberg in Salon Magazine
Mar. 29, 2006

Introducing Rep. Tom DeLay at the War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006 conference in Washington Tuesday, master of ceremonies Rick Scarborough described him as “the man God has appointed in this last day.” The conference began on Monday and was saturated with millennial anxiety. A succession of preachers, talk-radio hosts, religious right operatives and, significantly, major Republican politicians took to the stage at the posh Omni Shoreham hotel to rally the troops for an epic battle between the forces of national renewal and those of vice and enervating perversion. So it wasn’t surprising to hear Scarborough, a Baptist preacher who has made it his mission to organize “patriot pastors” for political action, talk about DeLay’s legal troubles as part of a culminating war between heaven and hell.

“I believe the most damaging thing Tom DeLay has done in his life is take his faith seriously in the public office, which made him a target of all those who despise the goals of Christ,” said Scarborough, a former college football player and longtime DeLay ally. Taking the stage before the 200 or so adoring activists in the banquet hall, DeLay ran with the end-times theme. “We have been chosen to live as Christians at a time when our culture is being poisoned and our world is being threatened, at a time when sides are being chosen and the future of man hangs in the balance,” he said. “The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won, and if we put our trust in Christ, they never will.”

A strange mix of dejection and ecstatic expectation pervaded the War on Christians conference. It was organized by Scarborough’s group, Vision America, the same outfit that put together last year’s Confronting the Judicial War on Faith gathering. At a time when the foot soldiers of the right feel weary and betrayed by the administration they helped put in office, it was meant to rally the base for 2006 by presenting the election in eschatological terms. The energy in the room sometimes felt sluggish, and people were clearly worried about November, forcing their leaders to work all the harder to motivate them for the political crusade.

“Bush has hurt his own troops very badly with what he’s done on immigration,” Phyllis Schlafly told me in a room outside the hall. “I think he’s really destroying his base with his views on bringing in more guest workers.” Others complained about Bush’s failure to push a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. People were shocked that the government America midwifed in Afghanistan seemed close to executing Christian convert Abdul Rahman. In the face of lassitude, speakers repeatedly cautioned against giving in to disillusionment and apathy. They reminded the audience that they are one judge away from overturning Roe v. Wade. They warned that Christianity is on the verge of being criminalized in America, and they harped on the manifold dangers of the “homosexual agenda.”

Perhaps worrying that anti-gay rhetoric hasn’t been sufficiently inflammatory lately, some speakers urged listeners to start using more scatological and stigmatizing language. Peter LaBarbera, who heads the Illinois Family Institute and is known for his obsession with gay men’s most outré sexual practices, told the audience, “My greatest frustration has been our side’s inability to make homosexual behavior an issue in the public’s mind.” In order to inspire the kind of revulsion he wants to see more of, he read from a posting on a gay message board: “Hey guys, I know this is kind of gross and all, but I was wondering if I’m the only one. I’m usually the bottom in my relationship with my boyfriend. After having been the receptive partner in anal sex it’s only a few hours before I start to experience diarrhea ... it really stinks, because I really like sex, duh, but it takes the fun out of it when I know I’ll be tied to the bathroom for the next day.”

“I don’t think so-called GLBT teens are told anything like this” by their school counselors, LaBarbera said. “We need to find ways to bring shame back to those who are practicing and advocating homosexual behavior.”

These issues are nothing new on the religious right, of course -- anti-gay and antiabortion politics have been central to the movement for decades. But the sense of crisis among the speakers was especially acute, and the calls to go on the offensive seemed urgent. Many proclaimed that America’s very survival is at stake. Some suggested that if the country doesn’t purify itself soon, it might not deserve to survive at all.

Full Salon article.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


DH: Van Os & wife make special trip to Abilene

Abilene, March 28 -- Democratic Candidate for Attorney General of Texas David Van Os of San Antonio, and his wife Rachel, longtime friends of Abilene Democrats, are making a special trip to Abilene today to visit friends and voters and appear at several media events.

Van Os at July 4 picnic in 2004
The Van Oses have visited Abilene several times. He is shown here, left, with Dave Haigler, Royse Kerr & Charlie Stenholm, as he visited and spoke at our 2004 July 4 picnic, when he was a candidate for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Haigler, left, & Van Os visit SheehanVan Os, seen at right with Cindy Sheehan & Dave Haigler, visited the Crawford barditch campout Aug. 11, 2005, to encourage those protesting the Iraq war.

Van Os is a veteran labor law defender with nearly 30 years of practice defending the little guy against the big corporations and government overreaching.

DVO reading founding documentsVan Os is seen, left, conducting a 24-hour "filibuster for liberty" at the Texas State Capitol on March 3-4 of this year.

Van Os has said he will revoke the corporate charters of corporations who are violating people's rights or otherwise not acting in the public interest, once elected Attorney General of Texas.

DVO hugged by Rachel at filibuster endVan Os's wife Rachel Barrios-Van Os, shown right, giving David a hug after his 24-hour ordeal at the Capitol on March 4, is a veteran of many civil rights causes in her own right.

Abilene Democrats will host David & Rachel today starting at 1:30 p.m. at party headquarters at 453 Pine Street. The public is invited.

At 4:30 p.m., Van Os will have a press availability at the Taylor County Courthouse in front of the veterans memorial.

At 6 p.m., Van Os will speak on "Civil Rights for All" to the Abilene Civil Rights Consortium at City Hall in the basement.

At 7 p.m., Van Os will attend the Taylor County Democratic Club's Book Club at the Center for Contemporary Arts, to discuss the stealing of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

During the 7 a.m. hour on Wednesday, Van Os is scheduled to appear on KSLI's Talk Radio with Paul Serrell & Karen Wilkison. And he has a 9:30 a.m. appointment Wednesday with the Reporter News.

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Monday, March 27, 2006


AP: Senators, President posture over illegal immigrants

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer -- Monday, 1 hour, 39 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Senate tackles the hot-button election issue of what to do with the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants this week, with President Bush coming down on the side of letting many of them stay if they have jobs.

United Farm Workers members and their supporters rally Sunday, March 26, 2006, in downtown Los Angeles, to mark the birthday of the late Cesar Chavez, the union's founder, and to call for enactment of a federal law that would give temporary legal status to many illegal agricultural workers. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)United Farm Workers members and their supporters, right, rally Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, to mark the birthday of the late Cesar Chavez, the union's founder, and to call for enactment of a federal law that would give temporary legal status to many illegal agricultural workers. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Bush planned to use a naturalization ceremony for swearing in 30 new citizens Monday to press his call for a "guest worker" program. The Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, faced a midnight deadline for completing a bill that would do it.

"We must remember there are hardworking individuals, doing the jobs that Americans will not do, who are contributing the economic vitality of our country," the president said in his weekend radio address.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, calls for tougher border security have dominated debate over the knotty problem of controlling immigration.

But a tough immigration-enforcement bill passed by the House last year has galvanized forces that want worker programs for illegal immigrants already in the country.

"We will not accept enforcement-only approaches," said Cecilia Munoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.

Immigration reform advocates scheduled a rally Monday at the U.S. Capitol, where dozens of members of the clergy planned to wear handcuffs to protest what they said is the House bill's criminalization of their aid programs for poor immigrants.

More than 500,000 people rallied in Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding that Congress abandon the House-passed measures that would make being an undocumented immigrant a felony and erect a 700-mile fence along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Similar but smaller protests were held in Dallas, Phoenix, Milwaukee and Columbus, Ohio, among other cities.

Senators up for re-election this year are being forced by the debate to juggle the demand from voters for tighter borders to keep out terrorists and businesses who look to the tide of immigrants to help fill jobs.

Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday his panel will get a bill to the full Senate before Tuesday, even if it has to work "very, very late into the night."

"If they're prepared to work to become American citizens in the long line traditionally of immigrants who have helped make this country, we can have both a nation of laws and a welcoming nation of workers who do some very, very important jobs for our economy," Specter said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Senate aides met into the evening Sunday in advance of a Judiciary Committee meeting to debate legislation, but there was no evidence of a breakthrough on the issue most in dispute. Lawmakers have been divided on whether illegal immigrants should be required to return to their home country before they become eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Whether or not the committee produces a bill, Majority Leader Bill Frist plans to open two weeks of Senate debate on the issue Tuesday. Frist, R-Tenn., has offered a measure that would punish employers who hire illegal immigrants and provide more visas. It sidesteps the issue of whether to let illegal immigrants already here stay.

Employers and immigration advocates prefer a bill drafted by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., that would allow illegal immigrants to become eligible for permanent residency after working for six years. Both McCain and Frist are likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Another approach offered by Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would let illegal immigrants get temporary work permits for up to five years. They would have to leave the United States but could then apply for legal re-entry.

Cornyn said the McCain-Kennedy proposal "rewards illegal immigrants and will be considered an amnesty by Americans. It will encourage further disrespect for our laws, and will undercut our efforts to shore up homeland security."

Aides to Specter, Cornyn, Kyl, Kennedy and McCain spent much of the congressional recess last week trying to find a compromise that would stave off Frist's bill.

Source: AP-Yahoo News.

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AP: Saddam's #2 seeks help for insurgency - March 27

By MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer -- Monday,10 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's chief deputy, who has eluded capture since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq three years ago, purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed insurgency, in an audiotape broadcast Monday.

Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriThe tape, which Al-Jazeera television said was made by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, right, appeared to be an address to the Arab League summit in Khartoum, Sudan, this week.

The voice on the tape said Iraq's Sunni-led insurgency was "the sole legitimate representative of the Iraqi people." It was impossible to determine the tape's authenticity.

Al-Douri was sixth on the U.S. deck of cards that enumerated the most-wanted members of Saddam's regime. He had been Revolutionary Command Council vice chairman and a longtime Saddam confidant.

The voice also said Arab leaders should "boycott the regime of mercenaries and treason and besiege it by taking the necessary decision to support the people of Iraq, its courageous, national resistance and its jihad until liberation."

The tape also sought to distance the insurgency from attacks on civilians and religious targets, calling them "the pinnacle of lowliness, vileness and criminality. Our people and your resistance will take revenge from the culprits sooner or later."

Al-Douri, who is at least 62, was among Saddam's oldest and closest associates.

As the insurgency spread, the United States and its allies offered a $10 million reward for information leading to al-Douri's capture.

It was unclear whether al-Douri, who had been in poor health for years, still had a direct role in leading the insurgency. In June, the Iraqi government said he was losing influence among the pro-Saddam wing of the rebellion.

Various reports of his death and capture have proven incorrect in the past.

Source:  AP-Yahoo News.

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NYT: Bush was determined to invade Iraq, sure of no factional outbreaks, ready to hit Saddam with deceit or assassination

LONDON — In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush's public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and President Bush, left, arriving for a White House news conference on Jan. 31, 2003, after a meeting about Iraq that would be summarized in a memorandum by an adviser to Mr. Blair.

But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.

"Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning," David Manning, Mr. Blair's chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides.

"The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March," Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. "This was when the bombing would begin."

The timetable came at an important diplomatic moment. Five days after the Bush-Blair meeting, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to present the American evidence that Iraq posed a threat to world security by hiding unconventional weapons.

Although the United States and Britain aggressively sought a second United Nations resolution against Iraq -- which they failed to obtain -- the president said repeatedly that he did not believe he needed it for an invasion.

Stamped "extremely sensitive," the five-page memorandum, which was circulated among a handful of Mr. Blair's most senior aides, had not been made public. Several highlights were first published in January in the book "Lawless World," which was written by a British lawyer and international law professor, Philippe Sands. In early February, Channel 4 in London first broadcast several excerpts from the memo.

Since then, The New York Times has reviewed the five-page memo in its entirety. While the president's sentiments about invading Iraq were known at the time, the previously unreported material offers an unfiltered view of two leaders on the brink of war, yet supremely confident.

The memo indicates the two leaders envisioned a quick victory and a transition to a new Iraqi government that would be complicated, but manageable. Mr. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups." Mr. Blair agreed with that assessment.

The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.

Those proposals were first reported last month in the British press, but the memo does not make clear whether they reflected Mr. Bush's extemporaneous suggestions, or were elements of the government's plan.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006


AP: Afghan court drops Christian convert case

By DANIEL COONEY, Associated Press Writer -- Sunday, 57 minutes ago

KABUL, Afghanistan - A court on Sunday dismissed the case against an Afghan man facing possible execution for converting from Islam to Christianity, officials said, paving the way for his release.

Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who converted from Islam to Christianity, is interviewed during a hearing in Kabul on March 16, 2006 in this image made available from tv footage on Sunday, March 26, 2006. Rahman who faced a possible death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity is to be freed after a court Sunday dismissed the case against him, citing a lack of evidence, officials said. (AP Photo/ Ariana Television via AP Television News)Abdul Rahman, the Afghan man who converted from Islam to Christianity, is interviewed during a hearing in Kabul in this image made available from TV footage on Sunday, March 26, 2006. Rahman who faced a possible death sentence for converting is to be freed after a court Sunday dismissed the case against him, citing a lack of evidence, officials said. (AP Photo/ Ariana Television via AP Television News)

The move eased pressure from the West but raised the dilemma of protecting Abdul Rahman after his release as Islamic clerics have called for him to be killed.

One official said freedom might come as soon as Monday for Rahman, who became a Christian in the 1990s while working for an aid group in neighboring Pakistan.

Muslim extremists, who have demanded death for Rahman as an apostate for rejecting Islam, warned the decision would touch off protests across this religiously conservative country. Some clerics previously vowed to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he was let go.

Rahman was moved to Kabul's notorious high-security Policharki prison Friday after inmates at a jail in central Kabul threatened him, Policharki's warden, Gen. Shahmir Amirpur, said.

The case set off an outcry in the United States and other nations that helped oust the hard-line Taliban regime in late 2001 and provide aid and military support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

President Bush and others insisted Afghanistan protect personal beliefs.

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DH: Democrats pass everything unanimously at county convention

Abilene, March 26 -- Taylor County Democrats met in county convention yesterday morning at Cooper High School and passed everything they considered unanimously on voice vote, County Chair Dave Haigler said today.

"Lara Carlin's Arrangements Committee is due much of the credit for everything running so smoothly," Haigler said. "Lara thought of everything. 'Course, she had her husband, children, and parents all helping her, along with Carroll Chapman, Alice Spier and others on her committee."

Chapman's Credentials Committee signs delegates inChapman, upper left, a veteran precinct chair, chaired the Credentials Committee. "Carroll has been doing this for 50 years," Haigler said, "and it showed." (Click on any picture to enlarge.) This photo also shows Mike Cable, lower left, facing away, Camille Parrish, center, Royse Kerr, right, and Omer Hancock, second right, at the sign-in table.

"It was nice to see some new faces at the convention this year," Delegates include college girlsHaigler said. "Those included two college girls (Amanda Musick & Laura Campbell, seen at right)."

Party secretary Sharon Norman, left, and longtime precinct chair Maria Velasquez, second left, are seen in the background of this picture.

The next item of business after registration was precinct caucuses, in which each precinct large enough to select a state delegate, as well as smaller precincts grouped together to select a state DH, left, explains precinct caucusesdelegate together, met together and made their selections. Haigler, left, explains the caucus process to one of the precinct caucuses with Ted Newberry, right, Jim Halford, second right, John & Kay Pettit, 3rd & 2nd left. In the background of this photo at left are former county chair Ken Leggett, left, Harrell & Barbara Backus, right & 2nd right, and Alice Spier, 3rd right, and a precinct in the middle who are mostly not recognizeable.

After the precinct caucuses elected their state-convention delegates, the four major committees met, those being Credentials, Rules, Resolutions & Nominations. It was the Credentials Committee's job after the sign-in and caucuses to compile the official roll of the convention. It was the job of the Rules Committee, chaired by Ken Leggett, to suggest procedures and time limits for debate and recommend permanent officers for the convention.

Alice gets resolutions committee organizedIt was the job of the Resolutions Committee, chaired by Alice Spier, right, to divide up the proposed resolutions into 5 subject areas and take volunteers to serve in those interest groups. Recognizeable in this picture, from left, are Laura Campbell, Amanda Musick, Mike Cable, Camille Parrish (left row), Theron Cole (1st), Marla Banks (3rd) (middle row), and John Pettit, Robin Burrow,* Sharon Norman, Lois Rockefeller,* and Royse Kerr. (*I recognize the backs of some heads and not others; sorry.)

Roger, right, gets nominations committee goingIt was the job of the Nominations Committee, chaired by Roger Spier, right, to compile the precinct-caucus selections for state delegates, and recommend at-large delegates for the state convention. Visible in this picture are Ted Newberry, left, Rita Bottoms, Esme & Allen Glenn, and Hollis Newberry.

DH chairing county conventionAfter most of the committee work was done, the chair, left, called the general convention to order at 10:39. Visible from behind in the foreground of this picture are Harrell & Barbara Backus and Sharon Norman.

The convention passed the credentials and rules reports unanimously by acclamation. During the Nominations Committee report, slots were still vacant for the state convention, so the vote on that was deferred to allow our Democratic nominee for State Representative District 71, Dr. Mel Hailey, to speak, and others to volunteer to go to the state convention as alternates.

The delegates to state convention elected unanimously were: County Chair as delegation chair, Ken Leggett, Vice Chair of delegation, Roger D. Spier, Lois A. Rockefeller, Stan Treanor, Barbara Backus, Scott Kirk, Jason W. Gault, Amanda Musick, Mike Cable, John Pettit, Royce Kerr, John-Michael Leggett, Claude Hollis Newberry, Bill Dulin, Maria Velasquez, Dave Bach, Margaret Harlan, Theron Cole, Alice M. Spier, Mel Hailey, Lara A. Carlin, Laura K. Campbell, Camille D. Parrish, Ted Newberry.

Alternates to state convention elected unanimously were: Robin Burrow, Charles Rice, James L. Halford, Becky Haigler, Jewell Halford, Gene Ward, Ann Ward, Virginia K. Pettit, Joey Carlin, Carroll Chapman, Pierce LoPachen, Tara Lacey, Judith A. Kuykendall, Arlieta Jones, Oscar Velasquez.

The resolutions committee took the longest to complete their work and to vote on their report. The resolutions were presented in subject groups. The first group had to do with Bush Administration policies such as the Iraq war. Five delegates had questions or reservations about the wording of one or more of those, and six favored the wording as written, so those 11 people were asked to join a focus group to hammer out the wording on those resolutions. Meanwhile, the convention proceeded to consider the other groups of resolutions.

Lois Rockefeller brought a point of order that if we kept assigning groups of resolutions to focus groups, nobody would be left on the floor to vote. County Chair Haigler sustained her point of order, explaining that the rules already adopted covered that contingency, and that we would not proceed on the floor with no one present.

But no one else objected to the wording of any resolution, so there ended up being only one focus group. That one reported back after about 15 minutes of discussion with approved wording, which was accepted by the chair as an amendment to the Resolutions Committee report, and which passed unanimously, as did all the rest of the resolutions.

The most potentially-controversial resolutions were:
The convention adjourned around 11:45, in less than an hour and a half. And the Republicans say we Democrats cannot agree on anything!

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