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30 July 2008

National Democratic Platform Hearings This Weekend

Four Georgians will join more than 100 members of the Democratic National Convention's Platform Committee in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend as they begin work on the national platform of the Democratic Party.

According to the Democratic National Committee, once adopted by the National Convention delegates in Denver, the Democratic Platform will define the clear choice between the new ideas for national renewal of Barack Obama and the Republican policies of the past.

Georgia is represented on the Platform Committee by Gina L. Bennett, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, Joe E. Taylor, Jr., and state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.

On Friday, August 1, the Committee will hold a National Platform Hearing from 2:00 - 7:00 PM, during which national experts will contribute to the Party's platform on a host of issues, including the economy, health care and energy.

On Saturday, August 2, the Party will hold a "Listening to America Session" roundtable from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, during which regular Americans, including Ohioans and participants from the more than 1,300 community platform meetings, will discuss local economic and health care concerns with the committee members.

Also on Saturday, the Platform Drafting Committee will meet from 2:00 - 6:00 PM to prepare an initial draft of the platform.

On Sunday, August 3, the Platform Drafting Committee will continue drafting the platform from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.