Democratic Party platform meeting LIVE BLOG, part 2


9:14 p.m.

The meeting should be reconvening soon.

9:50 p.m.

The meeting still hasn’t started. The word is that the committee has 60+ amendments to consider, tonight. Maybe I’ll get to see what Cornel West’s hair looks like after an all-nighter.

Probably about the same as it usually does.

10:25 p.m.

Food for thought: despite Representative Cummings’ call for the Democratic Party to unite around what we stand for rather than what we stand against, the current version of the party platform mentions Donald Trump by name 32 times. It’s a 35-page document.

11:01 p.m.

An amendment proposed by Nina Turner to specify that Democrats will fight for a $15 federal minimum wage and for union rights at the local and state level has passed.

11:46 p.m.

An amendment to bring property ownership and mortgage records back to the public domain (city and local governments) from the large corporations where they now often reside has been defeated 100-70.

11:50 p.m.

A few minutes ago, an amendment to remove an explicit reference to Donald Trump and replace it with “the Republican nominee” succeeded by a mere two votes, 88-86. No word yet on whether or not amendments to remove the other 30-odd references to Trump will be considered.

12:09 a.m.

Chants of “shame” erupt from the viewing area as the committee votes against an amendment that would support fixing the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) formula for Social Security. The amendment would support changing the formula to allow the COLA to go up more than it had in past years. The amendment failed 80-94.

12:21 a.m.

An amendment came up to change wording about Social Security from “taxing some of the income of people above $250,000” to “scrapping the cap on all income above $250,000.” The amendment failed. As angry Sanders supporters shouted “are you Democrats?” at the committee, Ohio State Sen. and Sanders surrogate Nina Turner turned to the crowd and answered “sometimes.”

12:35 a.m.

An amendment to state a commitment to making the Federal Reserve a fully public institution fails, 71-100. It appears that Clinton appointees and Sanders appointees are voting in blocs – several measures now have failed by a nearly identical vote of around 70 to around 100.

12:55 a.m.

A motion to recess until 9:30 a.m. fails amidst a spirited debate and a challenge of the chairman. The debate continues.

1:11 a.m.

An amendment to affirm the Democratic Party’s support for the Export-Import bank passes onto the platform. Proponents say the Export-Import bank provides a much-needed line of credit. Opponents claim the bank administers corporate welfare.

1:29 a.m.

Amendments to affirm a commitment to computer science in public high school education and to work to expand broadband Internet to low-income households have both passed overwhelmingly.

1:43 a.m.

The platform committee has adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. I’ll be starting a new post for tomorrow’s session, which will likely include amendments concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fracking policy.

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