The 2013 Minnesota Congressional District 4 Convention was held Saturday 3/23/2013. If you have never been to a convention here's a very brief guide.
The party business is conducted to elect officers for the next two years in the "off year" of the legislative election cycle. The process of certification of the delegates and alternates, who are elected during the election year precinct caucus, takes much of the early part of the day. Then the possible constitutional issues, amendments and by-laws are considered and discussed. The final order of business is the election of the new Chair, Deputy Chair, Vice Chairs, and State Executive Rep. The day is filled with long periods where votes are counted or other preparation steps have to be done.
So these "lull" periods of the day are filled with often great speeches from many people seeking party office, endorsement, and legislators giving speeches of both information and encouragement to the people who have help in support for the party and the campaigns. The speeches are a great vehicle to let citizens know what is happening at the many levels of government and to introduce candidates to the district supporters.
So here are the great speeches at the CD4 convention:
Candidates for State Party Chair
Candidates for State Party Deputy Chair
Senate Minority Leader, Senator David Hann (48)
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (31A)
Senator Dave Thompson (58)
National Committee-man and woman:
Jeff Johnson (one I always consider a must hear..)
Minnesota State College Republican Chair candidate
Announcement of the 2013 Candidates Award