Flock(us) to the Caucus!
Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker & Director of
Government Relations Sarah Clarke
Why Caucus?
Why Caucus?




Your opportunity to become a better
advocate for Minnesota students!

It’s eggsciting and eggscellent!
What is the Caucus?


Grassroots democracy in action!
 You don’t shell out any $ to make your voice
heard!



Meet with...
How to Caucus


February 4th at 7 p.m.



Pick your political party
 Major parties are REQUIRED to hold
caucuses



Fi...
Resolutions




Written statements on issues that you
want to be included in your political
party’s platform that will b...
Sample Resolution






WHEREAS, Minnesota’s college students are
burdened with crushing student loan debt that
prohibi...
Sample Resolution






WHEREAS: A $110 million investment in Higher
Education Asset Preservation and Replacement
(HEAP...
Create your own Resolution






On a resolution form (it doesn’t
matter for which party), take five
minutes to draft y...
Delegates


Great way to network and get more involved with
your party



Attend convention to support candidates



Pa...
Candidate Straw Polls




Your caucus may also conduct an
informal poll for caucus goers to show
their support for candi...
Mock(us) Caucus
Hire Ed Party Caucus Agenda
Elect Caucus Positions
 Elect Precinct Leadership
 Delegate and Alternate Selection
 Resolu...
Questions?
Go caucus!
But do not cause a raucous.
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Kayley Schoonmaker & Sarah Clarke
Join Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker and Director of Government Relations Sarah Clarke to learn about the caucus process in Minnesota and how you can make a difference in your community by going to your caucus on February 4!

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  • Start w/ cookie intro-Kayley
  • Kayley… Because we don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket…and the caucus is eggsellent! Ok, no more yolksGoing to your caucus will make you a better advocate because you will get to know your local elected officials, meet people with lots of experince in the political process. Et.
  • Kayley- raise your hands if you have caucused before
  • Sarah--- line up caucus vs. primary….
  • BOTH- reference the how to caucus sheetYou may take time off work to attend your precinct caucus after giving your employer 10 days written notice and shall suffer no penalty or deduction from salary or wages on account of absence other than a deduction for the actual time absent from work.
  • Sarah: Note about party platforms that are being passed out..
  • Should we add a joke egg/bird resolution?
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  • Kayley
  • Sarah
  • Sarah: Add party name…set up the rules…im skipping some smaller steps to save times, like adopting the rules,
  • Insert egg related pun here!
  • Insert cool egg pun here
  • Caucus Training

    1. 1. Flock(us) to the Caucus! Vice President Kayley Schoonmaker & Director of Government Relations Sarah Clarke
    2. 2. Why Caucus?
    3. 3. Why Caucus?   Your opportunity to become a better advocate for Minnesota students! It’s eggsciting and eggscellent!
    4. 4. What is the Caucus?  Grassroots democracy in action!  You don’t shell out any $ to make your voice heard!  Meet with your neighbors to discuss issues that are important to you  Because birds of a feather flock together!  Your opportunity to express your preference for candidates for political office  Not the Convention  Caucus Process vs. Primary
    5. 5. How to Caucus  February 4th at 7 p.m.  Pick your political party  Major parties are REQUIRED to hold caucuses  Find your precinct caucus online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website or your party’s website  Work or class on the 4th? Don’t scramble!
    6. 6. Resolutions   Written statements on issues that you want to be included in your political party’s platform that will be discussed and voted on Bring copies of your resolutions to the caucus
    7. 7. Sample Resolution    WHEREAS, Minnesota’s college students are burdened with crushing student loan debt that prohibits them from more fully participating in Minnesota’s economy, and; WHEREAS, a statewide student debt forgiveness program would help all students invest in Minnesota’s economy and thus, help all Minnesotans; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Hire Ed Party supports a statewide student loan forgiveness program for all students.
    8. 8. Sample Resolution    WHEREAS: A $110 million investment in Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) would fund critical repairs at every campus in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system; and WHEREAS: The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has proposed a $286.5 million capital budget (bonding) request; now therefore be it RESOLVED: That our party support full funding of the MnSCU capital budget request with HEAPR as the number 1 priority of that request.
    9. 9. Create your own Resolution    On a resolution form (it doesn’t matter for which party), take five minutes to draft your own resolution Then share your resolution with a partner It does not need to be perfect, just take a crack at it!
    10. 10. Delegates  Great way to network and get more involved with your party  Attend convention to support candidates  Pass resolutions to your party’s platform   Run to be a delegate to your congressional district and state convention State Party determines the number of delegates per precinct
    11. 11. Candidate Straw Polls   Your caucus may also conduct an informal poll for caucus goers to show their support for candidates This helps candidates demonstrate momentum in contested endorsement battles
    12. 12. Mock(us) Caucus
    13. 13. Hire Ed Party Caucus Agenda Elect Caucus Positions  Elect Precinct Leadership  Delegate and Alternate Selection  Resolutions  Preference Ballot Results  Adjourn 
    14. 14. Questions?
    15. 15. Go caucus! But do not cause a raucous.

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