Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tomorrow's Headlines Today: Elaine Dodd Elected Chair of Tulsa County Democratic Party

Some of the AltTulsa crowd turned up at the Tulsa County Democratic Convention earlier today where, to paraphrase Oklahoman Will Rogers, an organized political party was sometimes difficult to locate.

Yet the Democrats did conduct some serious party business. For one thing, they elected Elaine Dodd as county party chair. Dodd, who served a previous term as county chair, is taking over for Patti Basnett. From what we heard, Dodd and Basnett will be working together to strengthen the Tulsa County Democratic Party. We were impressed—Democrats actually cooperating, fighting Republicans instead of fighting each other.

The local Dems also passed a number of forward-thinking resolutions, some of which are near and dear to us. For example, they approved resolutions supporting historic neighborhoods and pedestrian-friendly urban development. They also offered support to independent family farms, vineyards, community gardens, co-ops, and farmers' markets. The Tulsa Democrats even supported the sale of wine and real beer (that is, stronger the 3.2) in grocery stores, just like they have in "civilized" states (such as Texas and New Mexico, to name only two).

There was much more on the agenda, of course, including praise for U.S. forces and a well-deserved blast at the Bush Administration's (mis)conduct of the Iraq war, actions the Dems said have "failed the American people." To which we would only add: Amen!


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