Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Working together to increase turnout

DFL, GOP TO HOLD JOINT NEWS CONFERENCES, OTHER MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF CAUCUSING

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties will hold joint news conferences in St. Paul and Rochester on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to increase awareness about its party caucusing events, which are scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 7. Specific details for the events are forthcoming.

“There are things that Republicans and Democrats disagree about from time to time, but one of the things we do agree on is that Minnesota is better when more Minnesotans are involved in the political process,” Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez said. “More participation makes better government, and together Minnesotans can do better.”

“I am very pleased to join with the DFL in the promotion of party caucuses. Chairman Melendez and I both agree a strong caucus system is good for our great state,” Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Ron Carey said.

A precinct caucus is a neighborhood meeting and the first step in the political process allowing citizens to get together to discuss issues and candidates. Decisions concerning the party’s platform and candidates begin at the precinct caucus, and Minnesotans are encouraged to make their voices heard by becoming a delegate or alternate to subsequent endorsing conventions. Minnesota law recognizes the precinct caucus as the basis of the political endorsement system and governs the operation of the caucus to ensure the openness of the system.

The DFL and GOP will work together in distributing statewide opinion articles and media interviews to promote the press conferences and caucus events. Media interested in interviewing the party chairs on the upcoming events should contact DFL Communications Director David Ruth or Republican Communications Director Mark Drake.

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