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Resolution Calling for the Senate to Return from Recess and Pass Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Passed in the House during February 2019

Resolution Calling for the Senate to Return from Recess and Pass Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Passed in the House during February 2019

Resolution for Senate to Return from Recess

WHEREAS gun violence in the United State of America has been growing for decades, reaching a new and intolerable level with the mass shooting in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago during a one week period. On an average day, 100 people die from gun violence, accidental shootings, or suicide, and

WHEREAS the House of Representatives passed HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, and HR 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, during February 2019. Senate Leader McConnell, who carries the self-designated nick name as “The Grim Reaper,” refuses to allow a vote in the Senate. This month, McConnell has refused repeatedly to call the Senate back into session during the August Recess and deny Republican Senators a vacation even though Senators in his own party and all Democratic Party Senators support returning to work in order to take up this important legislation, and

WHEREAS Speaker Pelosi and the entire Democratic Party delegation is prepared to return to Washington, DC during the August recess to reconcile differences in the bills already passed in the House with legislation that would be passed in the Senate so that a bill could be sent to the White House for signature before the end of this month.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) calls on Senator Mitch McConnell to immediately call the Senate back into session for the purpose of passing HR 8 and HR 1112 which were passed by the House of Representatives during February and are pending consideration in the Senate right now, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SCDP will send this resolution with a cover letter calling for immediate action to Senator McConnell, all members of the California Delegation in both the Senate and House, Senator Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President Trump.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on August 13, 2019

Resolution Affirming Support for  Ranked Choice Voting in Sonoma County

Resolution Affirming Support for Ranked Choice Voting in Sonoma County

Resolution Supporting Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in Sonoma County

WHEREAS in 2002, San Francisco voters adopted Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) at the ballot, a system that allows voters to rank their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd candidate choices and initiates an instant run-off election if no single candidate reaches over 50% of the vote, thereby eliminating the need for voters to return to the polls for a second election; and

WHEREAS other Bay Area communities including San Leandro, Berkeley and Oakland have successfully adopted Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) as the method used in Mayoral and Council seat races; and

WHEREAS in addition to preventing costly and low-turnout run-off elections, Ranked Choice Voting has led to more positive and substantive campaigning and less mudslinging in a number of races, with candidates recognizing the need to appeal to the broader electorate for support; and

WHEREAS compared to winner-take-all systems, Ranked Choice Voting encourages more diversity in candidates and voters, and generally has resulted in an increase in election victories by candidates of color in counties that have adopted it while more than doubling voter turnout in some counties;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma Democratic Party hereby affirms its support of Ranked Choice Voting, as stated in the 2018 California Democratic Party Platform, for selecting Mayor and city council members in all of the cities in Sonoma county, and that it also be used in selecting the county supervisors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma Democratic Party calls upon the elected representatives and administrators in each of the city and county jurisdictions mentioned above to take immediate steps to begin the assessment of Ranked Choice Voting, and its implementation as early as the 2022 election cycle for the aforementioned offices.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 9, 2019

Resolution Calling for a Democratic National Committee (DNC)-Sanctioned Climate Debate

Resolution Supporting Climate Debate

WHEREAS DNC Chair Tom Perez has shown no evidence of a rule prohibiting candidates from showing up to non-DNC-sanctioned presidential primary debates, and such a rule is neither in the memorandum of understanding signed by the candidates nor in the rules passed by the DNC Rules Committee to date; and

WHEREAS the content of the June 26-27 debates shows that we need a climate debate now more than ever since the questions asked were buried deep in the debates, and skated over the surface of the climate crisis; and

WHEREAS the climate crisis isn’t just another single issue, but an overarching, complex problem affecting the economy, national security, jobs, immigration, economic justice, the finance and real estate industry, the food we eat, and every facet of American life; and

WHEREAS on June 29, the DNC’s Executive Committee considered two resolutions — one explicitly calling for a climate debate, the other merely asking the networks to give “appropriate time” to climate questions and encouraging candidates to show up at non-televised forums — and the full DNC will vote on both resolutions August 22-24;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges all Democrats to sign the online petition at https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-democratic-national-committee- hold-a-climate-debate which calls for the DNC to host a presidential primary debate on climate solutions; and also objects to the rule prohibiting candidates from showing up to non-DNC-sanctioned debates; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges that the full DNC adopt the DNC Executive Committee’s resolution explicitly calling for a climate debate, and will send a copy of this resolution to all of our California DNC members urging them to vote for that resolution at their August 22-24 meeting.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 9, 2019