State committee meetings of both parties tend to involve lots of politicos, booze and late nights. But what will happen when gambling is added to the equation? Find out this weekend!
Democrats from across PA are meeting at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia Friday night and Saturday to talk general election strategy – and Charlotte convention plans.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is keynoting the Keystone Dinner on Friday night which will also feature Sen. Bob Casey. Expect Patrick to slam his predecessor Mitt Romney as Dems get jazzed for the fall; the Obama campaign is hyping his appearance (and this recent op-ed).
The slate is set for 2012, so there isn’t much wrangling to be seen vis-a-vis public offices – unless some of the talked-about 2014 Guv prospects show up: Rob McCord, Joe Sestak and Josh Shapiro.
But it will be interesting to watch the final list of delegates be sorted out in the runup to Saturday afternoon.
Here’s the schedule of social events:
Pennsylvania Keystone Dinner
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Chairman Jim Burn is pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick and special guest Senator Bob Casey to kick off our 2012 general campaign. Please join us for an evening of fellowship as we plan for our 2012 victory.
Row Office Candidates Reception
9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Waterford Ballroom Balcony
Come hang out with Kathleen Kane for Attorney General, Eugene DePasquale for Auditor General, and Rob McCord for Governor – er, Treasurer.
Montgomery County Young Democrats After Party
With the PA Young Democrats
10:30 PM -12:30 AM
The Montco YDs are throwing a party, and everyone is invited. Young Dems events are, as a rule, among the most fun at state committees and a great place to network.
And here’s the official schedule:
DEMinar: The Plan to Win Pennsylvania
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
The Plan to win Pennsylvania: Get insider information about the Democratic plan to win key races in the country and our strategy to build on our grassroots program to win in November. Review our voter technology and our groundbreaking voter contact tools. Learn how to make the media work for our candidates with proven techniques, messaging and talking points to challenge Mitt Romney.
DEMinar: Election Protection/Voter ID Education
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hear from national and state experts about preserving the integrity of the vote in your county and precinct. Help educate the public on the Voter ID law and its impact on seniors and college students. This is your opportunity to listen to experts on what you can do to make sure that every Democratic vote is counted and will also alert you to possible Republican trickery.
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Credential Table – Ballroom Foyer (front of North/South Ballroom)
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Caucus Chairs Meeting – Bryn Mawr Room
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Executive Committee Meeting – General Session 1
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Credential Table – Ballroom Foyer (front of North/South Ballroom)
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
GS is General Session Rooms
Labor Caucus – GS 3 Room Women’s Caucus – GS 5 Room
LGBT Caucus – GS 7 Room Veteran’s Caucus – GS 6 Room
Black Caucus – GS 2 Room Progressive Caucus – GS 1 Room
Senior Caucus – GS 4 Room
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Voter Outreach & Registration Committee – Hemlock Room
By-Laws Committee – Quaker Room
Rules and Order of Business Committee – Buchanan Room
Credentials Committee – South Ballroom
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Chairs Meeting – General Session 1 Room
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Young Dems Meeting – Valley Forge Park Ballroom
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
South East – GS 1 Room
North East – GS 5 Room
South Central – GS 6 Room
North Central– Quaker Room
South West – GS 7 Room
North West – South Ballroom
Philadelphia – GS 2 Room
Allegheny – Buchanan Room
11:00 to 12:30 AM – Second Star Society Membership Drive – Ballroom Foyer
Become a Second Star member and receive Governor Rendell’s new book, “A Nation of Wusses” and meet and greet Governor Rendell for book autographs.
State Committee Meeting
Elected & Appointed delegates to remain for a 2012 Democratic National Convention Delegate meeting to immediately follow the General Meeting in the Waterford Ballroom. Delegate check in is 12-12:30 PM.
2:00 PM – Best Practice Session – Nosh Deli