Dear DNC Member,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with relaxation and quality time with family and friends.
As we prepare for the work ahead of us in 2019, we wanted to share some very important updates with you, as well as the calendar for the rest of the year.
DNC 2019 Meeting Schedule
We know that members would like to plan earlier for our meetings, so we are excited to be able to share the dates of all of our meetings for 2019. Please find below the dates for all meetings and locations. We will provide additional details per meeting as we get closer to them, but please save the dates below.
February 14-16: DNC Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C.
June 28-29: Joint DNC Executive Committee Meeting and Rules & Bylaws, Pittsburgh, PAJuly 30-31: Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C.
August 22-24: DNC Summer Meeting, San Francisco, CA
We are also still looking at an end of the year Executive Committee meeting and will share details about that as we have them. For now, please save the dates above.
DNC Winter Meeting
As we previously announced the 2019 Winter DNC Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, February 14th to Saturday, February 16th in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marquis.
We are still working to solidify the agenda and will share that as soon as we are able. However, to assist you in your travel arrangements, we intend to end the meetings on Saturday around 5:00 p.m. The schedule is still in development and subject to change and we will keep you informed as it finalizes.
The DNC Member room block is now open. You have until January 14th to book your room.
If you plan on attending the meeting please let us know by RSVPing.
Summary of DNC Executive Committee Meeting in Puerto Rico
The DNC Executive Committee met on Saturday, December 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Executive Committee heard from Puerto Rico Chair Charles Rodriguez who thanked the DNC for coming and showing its support as Puerto Rico continues rebuilding. We stand with Puerto Ricans and will always help in the fight to ensure that they have the resources they need and equality they deserve.
Chair Tom Perez provided remarks about the recent successes during the midterm elections. He talked about his philosophy on planning, executing and reflecting. This meeting was an opportunity to reflect, as our Chair said - we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go.
Our post-election presentation was led by Guy Cecil, Chair of Priorities USA Action. He shared with DNC members a number of important data points related to the midterms and 2020. Among the highlights are:
Following that report, DNC CEO Seema Nanda led a panel on the DNC’s investments in state parties this cycle. Panelists included Minnesota DFL Party Chair and DNC Vice Chair Ken Martin, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning and Nevada Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce. These panelists spoke about how the DNC’s investments in state parties, made through the State Party Partnership, the State Party Innovation Fund grants, and other organizing investments, led to tremendous success. This cycle, the DNC provided more than $30 million to state parties.
- Democrats made big gains across the board, and especially with non-college white voters.
- Democrats should continue to capitalize on President Trump’s weakness on key economic issues, which includes the cost of health care.
- As we look towards 2020, there are two groups that he views as key to success – new Democratic voters (Mobilization Targets) and Midwest Trump to Democratic voters (Persuasion Targets).
AFSCME President Lee Saunders and AFT President Randi Weingarten who are also DNC Members, shared their thoughts on the election and how we can support our brothers and sisters in the labor movement.
DNC Deputy CTO Lindsey Schuh Cortes provided a DNC Tech update. She highlighted the tech goals for 2018, which include expanding infrastructure support and service for end users, enabling data-driven campaigns, improving the cybersecurity of the Democratic Party, and serving the internal needs of the DNC. She shared some of the investments that were made, including the 110 million cell phone numbers added to the voter file.
DNC Vice Chair and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson provided a report on behalf of all the DNC officers about their activity this cycle. Over the past six months, the officers traveled to over 25 states to support events for the party and candidates at every level.
The final item of business was a budget and finance update presented by Treasurer Bill Derrough and Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson. At the end of last year, nearly $100 million will have been raised in support of the DNC.
With no old or new business, the meeting adjourned.
Following the Executive Committee meeting, the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee met to finalize and adopt the regulations that help implement the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules and the Call to the Convention.
Those are all of our updates we have today. As always, please let us know if you need anything.
Thanks for all you do.
Democratic National Committee