State and County Conventions: Build The Party

Our NDP Officer team–Chair Kleeb, First Associate Chair LaMere, Second Associate Chair Tilden, DNC Committee Members Patty Zieg and Ron Kaminski–all look forward to seeing fellow Democrats at the State Convention.

Scroll down to see the schedule for the State Convention and a FAQ section if this is your first time experiencing county and state conventions!

If you have questions, please contact Jacob Denniston, jacob@nebraskademocrats.org.

Critical Links

Facebook Event: https://bit.ly/2s4YwbV

Lunch Tickets for Saturday (you must purchase lunch ahead of the convention): https://bit.ly/2LmTOij

Fun things to do while in Lincoln: https://www.lincoln.org/visit

Dates of County Conventions

County Conventions happen across the state during the period of May 18 – June 3, 2018.

You can check out all of the County Convention details for counties that have announced their dates at: http://nebraskademocrats.org/blog/county-convention-dates/

If you do not see your county listed, you can find the local County Chair list here to contact to see if the date has been selected: http://nebraskademocrats.org/get-local/

Dates of the State Convention

The State Convention is on June 22nd-24th in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The agenda for each day of the convention is below. Please note the different locations for each day of the convention.

There is no cost to attend the convention meetings, however if you want a boxed lunch on Saturday, you must pay for the lunch ahead of the convention.

State Convention Hotel

Graduate Hotel (official NDP Convention hotel)
141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
402-475-4011
https://www.graduatehotels.com/lincoln/

NDP rate at the Graduate Hotel is $124 per night. The online promotion code for this rate is: 180622NEBR. Click here to make reservations with the online promo code and rate. If you call to make a reservation, please say you are with the Nebraska Democrats.

Schedule of the State Convention


June 22, 2:00 – 7:00pm

*SCC Campus, 8800 O St, Lincoln, NE 68520
Caucus and Committee Meetings

June 22, 8:00 – 11:00pm

*Graduate Hotel, 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
Democratic Pride event hosted by NDP Officers and LGBT Caucus

June 23, 8:00am – 7:00pm

*Innovation Center, 2021 Transformation Dr, Lincoln, NE 68508
Candidate Speeches, Platform, Officer and SCC Member Elections

June 24, 8:00am – 2:00pm

*Graduate Hotel, 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
Rules and Platform (If needed, we may finish committee business on Saturday and then this meeting will not take place)

 

June 22, Schedule

All meetings take place at the Southeast Community College, 8800 O St, Lincoln, NE 68520

 

2:00 – 7:00pm
Check In (get name badge, meeting materials)

3:00 – 7:00pm
Platform Committee
Rules Committee

3:00 – 4:00pm
Nominations Committee
Rural and Agriculture Caucus
Latino Caucus
LGBT Caucus

4:00 – 5:00pm
Veteran’s Caucus
Climate Caucus
Women’s Caucus

5:00 – 6:00pm
Credentials Committee
County Chairs
Young Democrats
Black Caucus

6:00 – 7:00pm
Disability Caucus
Interfaith Caucus
Working Families Caucus

7:00 – 8:00pm
Dinner in Haymarket (On your own, explore downtown!)

8:00 – 11:00pm
Welcome Reception hosted by NDP Officers and LGBT Caucus at Graduate Hotel

 

June 23, Schedule

All meetings take place at the Innovation Center, 2021 Transformation Dr, Lincoln, NE 68508

 

8:00 – 9:00am (South Entrance Hallway)
Registration

9:00am (Auditorium)
Convention Call to Order

Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
Invocation

9:15am (Auditorium)
Convention Business

Confirmation of Convention Committees
Seating of Delegates and Roll Call
Adoption of Convention Agenda and Rules
Reports from Convention Committees
Election of Convention Officers

10:30am (Auditorium)
Welcome and Remarks by Statewide Candidates

11:00am (Auditorium)
Elections of NDP Officers

Noon (Auditorium)
Instructions for Congressional District Meetings

12:15pm
Break Into CD Meetings:

CD1 (Banquet Hall)
CD2 (B1-B2-B3)
CD3 (A1-A2-A3)
Boxed Lunch
Elections of each CD Chair and Vice Chair
Elections of Central Committee Members
Other CD Business

2:30pm (Auditorium)
Remarks from Congressional Candidates

3:00pm (Auditorium)
Remarks from Legislative Candidates

3:30pm (Auditorium)
Rules Committee Report

Adoption of Rules and Bylaw Changes

4:30pm (Auditorium)
Platform Committee Report

Presentation and Adoption of 2018 Platform

6pm (Auditorium)
Convention Adjournment

Approval of Secretary creating the Convention Minutes

6:00 – 7:00pm (Auditorium)
SCC Meeting with New Members

 

June 24, Schedule

If we do not complete party business on Saturday, these committee meetings will take place at the Graduate Hotel, 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

9:00 – 1:00pm
Platform and Rules Committee Meetings (if needed)

 

FAQ About County and State Convention


What happens at the County Conventions?

All registered Democrats are welcome to participate at County Conventions. At the County Conventions, local party business is conducted, as well as the election of County Party Leadership. Elections also are held at each County Convention for Delegates and Alternates to the Nebraska Democratic Party’s State Convention.

What happens at the State Convention?

The elected state delegates then attend the State Convention and vote on critical aspects of the party including some of the State Officers, Congressional District Chairs, State Central Committee Members and some Caucus Leaders.

The positions of Chair, First Associate Chair and Second Associate Chair do not assume the role until Nov. 30, 2018 at the State Central Committee Winter meeting. The State Central Committee members elected and Caucus officers all assume their roles after the State Convention.

At the State Convention, we conduct party business of updating rules, bylaws, resolutions and the NDP issue platform.

How do I become a Delegate to the State Convention?

In order to be a Delegate to the State Convention, you must be elected to serve as a State Convention Delegate or Alternate at your County Convention.

If I am not a Delegate or Alternate to State Convention, can I still attend the State Convention and Caucus meetings?

Yes, you can attend State Convention. However, you may only vote in any Caucus meetings, for which you meet their requirements. You MUST be a Democrat to vote in Caucus meetings and abide by any other Caucus rules. See Caucus rules here: http://nebraskademocrats.org/affiliated-caucuses-by-laws/

You can not vote at State Convention if you are not a Delegate or an Alternate standing instead of the delegate. But you can observe the State Convention as a guest as long as you are a Democrat or Independent.

How much does it cost to attend the State Convention?

There is no cost for elected delegates and alternates. There is a $15 dollar optional lunch onsite that you can purchase. Guests that are Democrats and Independents are welcome to attend for free but seating is limited. Everyone must register on site and party registration will be checked.

If you have questions, please contact Jacob Denniston, jacob@nebraskademocrats.org.