Video: Dean, Daley, Blagojevich, Burner, Bruner, and Jackson
by Tracy Joan, Mon Aug 21, 2006 at 04:13:59 PM EDT
Cross-posted at DailyKosThe main event for the 3 day-long DNC Meeting in Chicago was Saturday's General Session. The General Session brings together the full membership of the DNC to conduct the official business of the Democratic National Committee.
The officers of the Democratic National Committee during the General Session in Chicago.
Below, you'll find the play-by-play, here are the important links:
Here is a nice summary of the 2008 Rules:
Here is information on 13 Resolutions Passed:
Here are the individual videos:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/...
Darcy Burner's Full Speech:
Jennifer Bruner's Full Speech:
Jesse Jackson - Clips of Speech:
Mayor Richard Daley
On the 50-State Strategy & The Democratic Reunion:
A montage of Democratic Ads:
Governor Dean speaks with DNC Finance Chair Phil Murphy before the meeting begins.
Governor Dean gets ready to bring the meeting to order.
Governor Dean brought the meeting to order shortly after 10 a.m. and things got underway.
There was a presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Alligence. Then, after it was determined a quorum was present, Governor Dean turned things over to Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, who welcomed Democrats to Chicago. You can watch Mayor Daley's speech here.
After Mayor Daley spoke, we watched a video montage on the most recent national organizing event, The Democratic Reunion. You can watch that video, here.
Following Governor Dean, we heard from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. He gave us a sneak preview when I caught up with him Friday evening, but his full speech was pretty terrific. You can watch it here, and the conclusion, here.
After all these speeches, it was time to get down to business. It was at this point that the DNC voted for the changes in the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules.
While still preserving the first in the nation status of the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, the DNC opened the primary process up to two additional states, Nevada and South Carolina.
We believe this will better reflect the rich diversity of our Party. And, in addition to adding regional diversity to the process, we'll open up a dialogue that will engage a broader range of people to talk about a wider variety of issues. This will enable the Democratic Party to choose the strongest candidate to be our Presidential nominee.
Following this historic Rules vote, it was back to the speakers. Congressional Candidate Darcy Burner and Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Jennifer Bruner were up next. They both gave fantastic speeches.
Darcy Burner and Jennifer Bruner
Darcy spoke passionately about the importance of taking back the House this November. By entwining her personal story with her core convictions, she delivered a powerful message about the need for a new direction for America. Watch Darcy, here.
DNC Vice-Chair Susie Turnbull introduced Jennifer Bruner, who is running for Secretary of State in the battleground state of Ohio. Jennifer talked about the importance of down ballot races. She also talked about the importance of voter protection and the need to return to running free, fair, open and honest elections in Ohio. You can watch it, here.
Back stage as Jennifer Bruner speaks.
After Jennifer and Darcy spoke, the DNC officially passed 13 resolutions as presented in the report from the Resolutions Committee.
DNC Members also heard officer reports from the treasurer, announcements from the Secretary, and a brief report from newly elected National Finance Chair, Phil Murphy.
The last major speech was given by Reverand Jesse Jackson. You can watch clips from his speech, here.
C-Span was in the house, broadcasting live.
After a few short announcements and a final benediction offered by the Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, the meeting adjourned and history was made.
For more stories from the 2006 DNC Meeting in Chicago, check out my special coverage on the DNC Blog!
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