June 25, 2017

GPUS Steering Committee Agenda
Sunday, June 25, 2017 – 8:00 p.m. ET

a) Facilitator: Frank Young 712-451-0019, access code 926334, ref #2 (99 min.)

c) Present: Chris Blankenhorn, Darlene Elias, Sanda Everette, Hillary Kane, Jan Martell, Tamar Yager, Bahram Zandi. Absent: Andrea Merida, Darryl! Moch. Observers: Starlene Rankin, David Gerry, LuAnne Kozma, John Debis, Shaun Friend, Dave Bell, Travis Christal, Tony Affigne

d) Agenda revisions: Tamar added staff being delegates. Darlene added (90-day) evaluation for Political Organizer, exec session.


a) Request from GPCO – Members agreed that the SC had no formal response to the Colorado complaint. Since complainants had turned down the offer of dispute resolution, they should follow internal state process to resolve. How Accredcom handles the complaint may differ, they have their own procedures.

b) Staff as delegates – Tamar. We have a long tradition of asking staff to resign NC, SC positions due to conflict of interest, but there is no written policy. Members were divided on the issue, and a proposal was put to a vote: that Adrian should step down temporarily while the SC drafts a rules proposal for NC approval, by Sept. 1. Darlene said she could carry a proxy vote for Darryl!, but SC votes have never used proxy voting, and it was not allowed. Voting Yes: Darlene, Sanda, Hillary, Jan, Tamar. Voting No: Chris, Bahram. The proposal carries.


a) Treasurer’s report – Hillary. Darryl! sent bank balances. Treasurer transition is moving slowly – she is on the account but has no checkbook. There are 4 online systems she needs access to, this can wait till ANM.

b) Fundraising report – Tamar. The last mailing was a test, pre-sort does better than bulk mail. Stein campaign used pre-sort, we will from now on. Pre-sort also gives us change of address right away.

c) Personnel Working Group report – Darryl! absent, tabled.

d) ANM planning discussion – Andrea, Darryl!, absent. There was a brief discussion about meeting times for caucuses and how to structure the committee & caucus fair.

IV. VOTING QUEUE – Jan asked for help getting the proposals up, including the SC elections. Chris volunteered, and Sanda offered to be backup.

In the queue:
Platform Housekeeping proposal (late post)
Caucus Cleanup proposal (late post)

Received for the queue:
Steering Committee Co-Chair Election
Steering Committee Secretary Election


a) Voting page maintenance contract for approval – Jan thought the contract had been sent to the list, but members said they hadn’t seen it. She will re-send.

b) FEC Subpoena update – Tamar talked with the FEC and has gathered documents they have requested, due tomorrow. Budget narratives, hasn’t been able to find much hard copy, but can provide affidavits.

c) Liaison reports
Chris – Green Pages is moving toward print, ready for ANM
Darlene – New co-chairs in Divcom and Outreach. She asked for a clarification about whether the committee has a rep on the NC, the bylaws say something about this. David Gerry said he thought the committee was supposed to have one co-chair elected by the NC. Request to spend Outreach funds to help people attend ANM, some who are not on the waiver list.

Entered 9:47. Present: Chris, Darlene, Sanda, Hillary, Jan, Tamar, Bahram. Members set a time limit of two weeks to get Political Organizer 90-day evaluation completed. Andrea is supervisor.