by Max Brantley
I have cooking to do tonight (see a platter of Farmer Al's heirloom tomatoes and eat your heart out; I'll spare you the peppered ham, squash casserole, yeast rolls, cole slaw and peach and blackberry cobblers), so I'm leaving it to the readers early for an open line.
If I get a report from the Democratic State Committee meeting, I'll try to post it. There seems little doubt steps will be taken to bar sex offender Dwayne Dobbins from running for legislature as a Democrat. (Richard Carroll has qualified as a Green candidate for the seat, don't forget.)
UPDATE: On motion of Party Chair Bill Gwatney, seconded by Jason Willett, Dobbins was stripped from the list of Democratic Party nominees under a newly adopted rule. Dobbins was present. He said he'd be talking to attorneys about his next move.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS RELEASE
More than 700 Democrats from around the state met in Little Rock today for the 2008 Democratic State Convention.
Delegates to the convention elected members to the Democratic Party of Arkansas state committee, adopted the Party Rules and the Party Platform, and certified the Democratic candidates for the General Election.
One candidate, Dwayne Dobbins, was not certified. Dobbins had filed for state representative for House District 39. He was not certified due to Rule 37(c) adopted earlier in the day.
The rule stated that "No person having resigned from public office as a provision to a plea agreement to avoid felony prosecution shall be certified by the Democratic Party of Arkansas to be a candidate and/or its nominee."
The rules committee, appointed by DPA Chairman Bill Gwatney in August of 2007, has been meeting periodically for the past 11 months. The committee suggested several rules to be considered by the convention delegates. The rules committee's suggestions were adopted in full.
The newly-adopted Party Rules and Party Platform will be available on Democratic Party of Arkansas's Web site soon.Immediately following the state convention, the newly-elected state committee met to elect Arkansas's Democratic National Committeeman and Committeewoman. Krystal Thrailkill of Mena was elected as the Committeewoman, and Don Beavers of North Little Rock was re-elected as the Committeeman. Their terms begin immediately following the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, Aug. 25-28, 2008. They will serve through the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic Party of Arkansas appreciates the service of Martha Dixon of Arkadelphia who has served the as Arkansas's Democratic National Committeewoman for the past eight years. She has been of great service to the state and the party. The party asks all Democrats across the state to thank her for her accomplishments in that role.