June 29, 2008

Co-chairs: Jason Nabewaniec, Echo Steiner, Jim Coplen, Phil Huckelberry, Budd Dickinson, Cliff Thornton
Secretary: Holly Hart
Treasurer: Jody Grage
Staff: Brent McMillan
Guest: Ruth Weill, Convention Coordinator
Facilitator: Jody
Abbreviations used:
AC = Accreditation Committee
ANM, ANMC = Annual National Meeting Committee
BAWG = Ballot Access Working Group
BRPP = Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures Committee
BC = Black Caucus
CC = Coordinating Committee
CCC = Coordinated Campaign Committee
CG SC = Campus Greens Steering Committee
ComCom = Communications Committee
DC = Diversity Committee
DIA = Democracy in Action internet service
DRC = Dispute Resolution Committee
FC = Fundraising Committee
FEC = Federal Election Commission
GP = Green Party
IC = International Committee
LC = Lavender Caucus
NPWG = Nominating Process Working Group
NWC = National Women’s Caucus
PEC = Presidential Exploratory Committee
PCSC = Presidential Campaign Support Committee
SC = Steering Committee
SPWG = Strategic Plan Working Group
[Brackets denote editor’s suggested corrections. Some punctuation corrections done with no content change. -ed.]

I. Staff reports
Political Director – Brent

Added 3 candidates this week, 249. D.C. is approaching signature deadline. Brent is continuing to work at the office on cataloguing all video material to get into public domain, for the media committee to have on hand in Chicago – officeholders, states, websites, ballot access, petition information – summary of each state.

Fundraising – Brent
Brent continues to work on outreach to celebrities, emphasizing getting things for silent auction. An email blast promoting the silent auction will go out this week. He is working on a draft of next re-solicitation letter with Tom Yager (Co-chair, PCSC).

II. Treasurer’s Report
Will have a deposit on Monday. We have a quarter of a month of credit card income, about $300; and other income, which should be about $3-4000. Jody will have the June cash flow report on Tuesday.
Jason asked about funds for convention t-shirts. The Finance Committee released enough for 50 shirts. (More “regular” t-shirts were approved.) What is the process for MerchCom to work with this budget? MerchCom will not be able to purchase enough merchandise to meet expected sales this year.

III. Voting Queue – 5 minutes
a. Floor rules proposal is failing. BRPP just approved a new version, which they believe will pass. Holly suggests sending it forward with short discussion item, going immediately to a vote. Phil believes BRPP’s proposal, as written, violates GPUS bylaws, but will stand aside and support the new version going forward. Budd believes “No Nominee” will continue to be a problem, and suggests the SC pull that and do our own. Jody suggests taking about more controversial items and sending our own. Jason believes that won’t be sufficient.

PROPOSAL – to send updated BRPP proposal to the voting queue now
Holly – Yes
Phil – No
Budd – Yes; at first, voted No, would prefer to put up one from the SC, even if it takes a couple days; could send out both SC and BRPP proposals.
Jody – No
Cliff – Yes
Echo – Yes
Jim – Yes
Jason – No
AGREED to send this to the voting queue tonight.

b. We need to get approval votes for election administrator, co-chairs and facilitators. [These are now in the voting phase. – hh]

Currently Under Discussion
ID 356 – Amend GPUS Bylaws: Allow SC Nominations and Elections on Same Day
Floor Manager: Phil Huckelberry
Voting period: 6/30/8 – 7/06/08
ID 357 – Approval of ALISON DUNCAN for 2008 GPUS Annual Meeting Facilitator
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting period: 7/01/08 – 7/07/08
ID 358 – Approval of GEORGE MARTIN for 2008 GPUS Annual Meeting Facilitator
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting period: 7/01/08 – 7/07/08
ID 359 – Approval of DREW JOHNSON for 2008 GPUS Annual Meeting Facilitator
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting period: 7/01/08 – 7/07/08
ID 360 – Approval of NIKHILANDA for 2008 GPUS Annual Meeting Facilitator
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting period: 7/01/08 – 7/07/08

Currently Voting
ID 348 – PNC Rules, Amend, Provide for Floor Rules
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Ends tonight, 6/29/08; failed.
View Current Results

ID 353 – Loan to Pay Convention Expenses
Floor Manager: Jody Grage
Ends tonight, 6/29/08; passed.
View Current Results

ID 354 – Election of Elections Tabulations Committee for GPUS SC Election
Ranked Choice Vote Administrator: Holly Hart
Ends Wednesday, 7/2/08; close to quorum; all candidates should be approved.
View Current Results

ID 355 – Election of Green Party House Campaign Committee
Ranked Choice Vote Administrator: Holly Hart
Ends Wednesday, 7/2/08; all candidates should be approved.

IV. UFPJ Membership dues (see forwarded message)
They suggest $500-$1000. In the past, we have donated $100. There have been questions about our interaction with UFPJ. Echo and Cliff will follow up after the convention.

V. Convention
Ruith Weill, convention coordinator, joined the call.
– diversity waiver update (done)
– platform – issues are being worked out
– GNC plenaries – time for meeting rooms can be extended, find more time is needed to finish all business
Ruth re-iterated that the SC make sure floor rules are in place. Ruth reported that preparations are moving forward.
Phil raised concerns that most state parties have not gotten their delegation information to the credentials committee. Tomorrow (June 30, 2008) is the deadline. What happens when so many states miss the deadline? Phil suggests a proposal to be approved on Friday of the GNC plenary. Holly will contact CredCom to get a progress report on Wednesday. That will go to AnmCom, BRPP and GNC, to get a better handle on the situation.

VI. Executive Session 9:40 – 10:15 p.m. EDT

NEXT CALL: Sunday, July 6, 2008; 8:00 p.m. EDT 6/29/08
Holly Hart
Secretary, GPUS

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