RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 1.2015

Central Committee of the Sweetwater County, Wyoming Democratic Party

 

A resolution requesting that the Democratic National Committee (DNC), under the leadership of Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz, consider amendments to the current rules applied to the 2015 – 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates.

 

WHEREAS, debates provide a platform for candidates to share their perspectives on important issues facing our society and the opportunity for voters to have access to those perspectives;

 

WHEREAS, candidates should have the right to decide which and how many debates they choose to participate in without fear of repercussions from the DNC;

 

WHEREAS, candidates for the Democratic nomination have repeatedly called on the DNC and Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz to amend the debate schedule and rules;

 

WHEREAS, DNC Vice-Chairs, United State Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Mayor R.T. Rybak jointly stated that, “We are the party that represents the democratic principles, openness and transparency, and ensuring that all people, regardless of who they are or where they are from, have a level playing field and equal opportunity…” and that the current plan “… limits the ability of the American people to benefit from a strong, transparent, vigorous debate between our Presidential candidates, as they make the important decision of who will be our Democratic Presidential Nominee…”; and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of our party to amend the debate schedule and rules to reflect our guiding principles as Democrats.

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Central Committee of the Sweetwater County Democratic Party:

 

   1. That our county party urges Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz to heed the calls of Presidential candidates, national party            leadership, and Democrats across our county, state and nation to amend the current debate rules to remove punitive measures for            candidates who participate in debates not sanctioned by the DNC.

 

   2. That Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz explain why she is deviating from the ideals and standards of our Democratic party        by repressing open political debate, and the reasoning and methodology used to arrive at her decision.

 

   3. That, should Chairwoman Deborah Wasserman Schultz fail to respond to this resolution, we call on her to vacate her position as              Chairwoman of the DNC.

 

Resolution adopted on September 17th, 2015 in Green River, Wyoming.

 

 

Resolution 2.2015

Central Committee of the Sweetwater County, Wyoming Democratic Party

 

A resolution requesting that the Wyoming State Legislature enact legislation to enhance penalties for crimes motivated by hate.

 

WHEREAS, penalties for crimes inflicted against a person or persons because of one’s race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or economic status should be enhanced;

 

WHEREAS, enhanced penalties are a common feature of law in the United States and Wyoming;

 

WHEREAS, forty-five states and the District of Columbia have affectively implemented legislation criminalizing bias-based acts of violence or intimidation;

 

WHEREAS, hate crimes effect entire communities striking fear and causing anxiety beyond those directly impacted by the actual act; and

 

WHEREAS, Wyoming has been deeply impacted by the murder of Matthew Shepard on October 12, 1998.

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Central Committee of the Sweetwater County Democratic Party:

 

  1. That we call on the Wyoming State Legislature to enact hate crime legislation that affords law enforcement agencies the tools to        investigate hate crimes and prosecutors the option of pursuing enhanced penalties in any crimes motivated by hate.

 

Resolution adopted on November 19th, 2015 in Green River, Wyoming.

Paid for by the Central Committee of the Sweetwater Democratic Party