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Immigration reform, health care to be dominant topics at Saturday's Yakima County Democratic convention

YAKIMA - Resolutions urging comprehensive immigration reform and affirming affordable health care as a basic right will be agenda items at the Yakima County Democratic Convention Saturday, April 10, in Yakima's Carpenters' Hall, 507 South 3rd Street.

Registration is set for 9:30 a.m. and the call to order is at 10 a.m.

County Chair Mary Stephenson emphasized that the convention is open to all registered Democrats. There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted and appreciated, she said. An $8 brown bag lunch will be available during the noon break.

The main business of the morning session will be individual caucuses for the 13th, 14th and 15th legislative districts to elect delegates and alternates to the State Convention in Vancouver, June 25-26.

The state authorized two delegates and one alternate for the 13th legislative district; 13 delegates and seven alternates for the 14th legislative district and eight delegates and four alternates for the 15th legislative district.

Eligible persons are Democrats registered in those parts of the county represented by those legislative districts.

The chair explained that delegates should be prepared to pay the state convention registration fee of $50 at the time of election.

Amendments to the proposed 2010 county platform along with new resolutions will take up the afternoon session.

Attendees are encouraged to download the proposed platform from the county website: www.yakimademocrats.com. Copies of late-filed resolutions will be available.

The convention is expected to pass a resolution thanking Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Congressmen Jay Insley, Jim McDermott, Norm Dicks, Rick Larsen, Adam Smith and Brian Baird for voting for the historic health care reform legislation.

Main platform positions include the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation, abolishing the death penalty along with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and the three-strike law, public financing of election campaigns and FCC approval of a plan to provide adequate free airtime for candidates, passage of the card check law to enable the NLRB to expedite the formation of unions and opposition to the Supreme Court's decision that declared corporations to be people when making campaign contributions.

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