Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Local Democrats kick it into high gear

It's great to see new faces at each monthly meeting of the Laramie County Democrats in Cheyenne. The 2008 election season is kicking into high gear -- that accounts for some of the interest. And Laramie County is lucky to have two very active organizations in the LarCoDems (sometimes ominously called "the central committee") and the Grassroots Coalition. Lots of activities on the schedule for the months leading up to the Democratic Party national convention in Denver in August.

The LarCoDems will hold a Caucus/Primary Watching Party on Tuesday, Feb. 5 ("Super Tuesday') at the new county HQ at 117 W. 17th St. downtown. It will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until the cows come home, or until the last state reports its results. For more info, call the HQ at 307-634-9001.

Next meeting of the LarCoDems is Feb. 26 at the Plains Hotel downtown. That Friday, Feb. 29, is the annual legislative reception, followed the next evening (March 1) with the annual Nellie Tayloe Ross banquet (more details in future posts).

The county convention convenes on Saturday, March 8, at the University of Wyoming Family Practice Center, 821 E. 18th St., Cheyenne. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and activities commence in the auditorium at 9. Delegates to the state convention will be selected and the LarCoDems will conduct a presidential preference poll. To vote or to be considered as a delegate, you must be a registered Democrat in the county as of Feb. 22.

LarCoDems meet again on April 29.

The Wyoming Democratic Party state convention will be held May 23-25 in Jackson, which is Memorial Day weekend. Bring your snow gear, as it seems to be a Teton County tradition to feature snow along with its Memorial Day celebration. Two years ago, I sold books outside at the vendor fair as sheets of "sunshine snow" blew in from the West. Be prepared!

The Grassroots Coalition also plans a full slate of activities in 2008. More details in future posts.

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