NCDP State Convention, June 23-25 in High Point

The NCDP State Convention is Saturday, June 24 in High Point at the High Point Theatre and Exhibition Centre. The state party's put together a number of related programs surrounding the convention itself, including activist training, a polling presentation by the DNC, and the first annual Sanford-Hunt dinner.

Unlike the Republican's convention, ours is open to all Democrats, though non-delegates won't have a vote. The whole weekend ought to be a good time -- we've come a long way and involved a lot of new people in the last year and a half.

There's more information below and at

Here's the tentative agenda for the weekend:

(All Friday events at the Radisson Hotel City Center, 135 S. Main St.)
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Convention Registration
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Polling Presentation – State of the Nation
8:00 p.m. Hospitality Suites

(Radisson Hotel City Center, 135 S. Main St.)
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Auxiliary Caucus Meetings
9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon DNC Activist Training

(High Point Theatre & Exhibition Centre, 220 E. Commerce Ave.)
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Convention Registration
12:00 Noon to 5:30 p.m. State Convention

(Centennial Station, 121 S. Centennial St.)
7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sanford-Hunt Dinner

(Radisson Hotel City Center, 135 S. Main St.)
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. State Executive Council

(High Point Theatre & Exhibition Centre, 220 E. Commerce Ave.)
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. State Executive Committee Meeting Registration
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. State Executive Committee Meeting

(In the interest of full disclosure, I've been helping the NCDP plan some of the events this weekend.)


I'm glad you posted this

I'm going Friday and Saturday, but I'm a non-voting delegate.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I wish I could....

but I'm driving back and forth myself. You should have seen the eye-rolling I got from the man when I asked if he was going to be in town and I told him why...hehehe

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I've been thinking of coming

for half a day . . . Saturday morning is my only open time. Do you think that would be worth the trouble? I suck as schmoozing and glad-handing, so I'm not all that sure it's a good place for me.

Saturday morning is the DNC activist training

That's what I'm thinking about signing up for.

Friday is registration and hospitality suites...but I don't know if those are invitation only....

I was going to email/call and check on all this early next week.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Come and see the show

Schmoozing is important. You may meet people you'll be working with in this election year. And sad, but true, it still does matter who you know, not just what you know.

Come and see the show and be on the front lines of the progressives vs. the old guard struggle. It shouldn't be a struggle, of course, but expect some contentiousness. If for no other reason, come and see Jerry Meek in action. He's a real pro and a heck of a nice guy. He'll need your support next year when his term is up.

If they're like the Vance-Aycock hospitality suites, they'll be sponsored by candidates and/or organizations. Open door policy, beer and wine and assortments of your favorite yummy cheese and crackers. Listen in on conversations in the corners and come away with the uneasy feeling that, yes, some of our folks are also slick operators. Meet others like yourselves who want to it to be otherwise. (Another reason you should be there. You'll get to meet each other as well.)

Meet politicians you love and love to hate. But be there because you care. That's why I go.

[This is Undercover Blue. Lance, the system seems to have wiped my password again and won't e-mail me a new one. A little help?]

login issue fyi

Regarding the password/login issue it seems similar to a problem I am having with Internet Explorer on one machine. The login is not taking even though I have wiped out cookies. Works fine in Firefox browser on same machine.

Greg, I've had a similar problem

But in my case the browser was the 64bit version of IE running on an x64 system and I've been hoping that the problem was limited to those rather unusual circumstances. This problem is especially frustrating because it gives absolutely no symptoms—except for not being logged in.

I'll be upgrading the site software from the ground up towards the end of the summer, so if you're still getting in ok with Firefox and other machines, I won't kill myself trying to figure this one out. Let me know if my assessment of the situation is lacking.

Never been

Alright, I've never been to a state convention before... Do I need to register for the activist training and convention on Saturday?

Are the hospitality suites really open to the public and should I go?

I am living in Winston-Salem for the summer and since it is so close to High Point I wish I could offer a place to stay for anyone who needed it but, alas... I'm with my family. There isn't any extra room for more bodies around here. LOL.

Matt Hill Comer

Matt and all interested

Call Sallie L. at 919-821-2777 and register for the activist training. It apparently is free.

The Hospitality suites open at 8pm and it appears they also are free and open to the public.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'm a voter.

Pretty much anyone with a pulse at the county convention could have been a delegate. Also, don't forget the "Sanford-Hunt" or "Hunt-Sanford" dinner, whatever it is.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

If you're voting...

keep an eye out for an action item regarding Choice. Naral sent this to me:

"" Last Saturday, June 10, the North Carolina Democratic Party's Platform Committee reviewed the Party's platform with respect to women's reproductive rights.

The committee had proposed weakening its support for choice. However, the committee members were overwhelmed by emails from you and other activists across the state asking them to stand firm. In fact, they received so many emails that many of the members shut their emails down. So, if your email bounced, that is why.

Our choice coalition's grassroots advocacy mobilized 1,500 activists across the state, and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina activists alone sent 7,446 emails!

As a result, the committee approved this stronger language with only one dissenting vote. The approved version is below and the language in bold is the new and improved addition to the existing copy.

"WOMEN: We believe that every woman should have access to prenatal and postnatal care and appropriate counseling, as well as access to information and counseling regarding all choices related to pregnancies. We believe that a woman's decisions regarding pregnancies should be her own and not that of the government. We believe that we should focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion through increasing access to family planning services, access to affordable birth control, including emergency contraception, and by providing comprehensive age appropriate sex education. Furthermore, abortion must be safe, legal, and accessible to all North Carolina women regardless of ability to pay; therefore, the state abortion fund should be fully funded and accessible to indigent women."

The platform now goes to the State Convention on June 24. If you are a delegate, please speak in support of protecting women's reproductive rights. There will be lots of pro-choice Democrats handing out stickers and signs near the registration desk on Saturday morning. Make sure you get yours! We want to show our strength! ""


Please use your vote to support this initiative.

Are you going?

I'll give you a ride if you are. Mom isn't going I don't think.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I'll second this -- I might be a little biased, since I've been working on planning the dinner, but it really should be great. Jim Hunt will be there, and he and Terry Sanford are pretty inspiring figures.

Plus, with advance tickets at $25, its a hell of a lot cheaper than Vance-Aycock and Jefferson-Jackson.

(I seem to be having the same password problem as undercover dem.)


this was meant as a second to Robert Peterson, so you'll know.



I guess I should pay soon?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


buying a ticket now is great. But even if you're planning on buying a ticket at the door (for $5 more), try to RSVP so they'll be able to make a better estimate on how much food to order. (