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Dems approve platform

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

More than 180 issues important to Douglas County Democrats were discussed and 85 percent of those suggested last month at the caucus were included in the final platform.

At the Douglas County Democrat meeting April 1, the platform was scaled down and attendees ranked the order of importance on a scale from 1-5. This week, the platform committee completed its task and ended up with 149 issues important to Democrats.

The process started at the county caucus Feb. 14 when more than 100 Douglas County Democrats gathered to elect delegates to represent the county area at the county convention on March 13. A straw poll, not binding, was done for voter’s choice for president in the 2004 presidential election overwhelmingly supporting John Kerry, the front-runner against President George Bush.

At the March county convention, delegates met to issue their choices for the platform to be presented at the state convention next weekend in Las Vegas. The platform issues deal with Douglas County, the U.S. Constitution, the Patriot Act, Gun Control, Protection of the Marriage Amendment, Defense, Military and Veterans Affairs, Economy, Jobs, Tax Policy, Education, Child Care, Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Foreign Affairs, Health Care, Social Security and Medicare, Homeland Security, and Immigration.

The entire approved platform will be available online in the near future from the Douglas County Central Committee, and available by calling Stephanie Hague, president, at (775) 783-8893.

On April 17, the state convention chooses 24 of Nevada’s 32 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Boston July 26-29.

Regina Purcell can be reached at or (775) 782-5121, ext. 211.