Guns, Weed And Democrats

Democrats from all over Sheridan County convened this weekend at the Senior Center in Sheridan for their 2010 County Convention. After electing 17 local delegates to attend the upcoming state convention, the group also debated and developed a platform.

The discussion included a proposed amendment stating local democrats' support for "gun rights." Local Party Chair Carol Lereche.

Ultimately, a more general proclamation, which stated support and "respect for the constitutional rights of individuals" was adopted.

Improving health care and promoting "pro-health" policy initiatives--such as encouraging smoke-free public places--was obviously another big issue. Allowing medical marijuana became part of the adopted platform.

The final platform also included support for increased funding for veteran's health care, support of the North Main Revitalization efforts, and repealing the social security income cap.

The final version of the Sheridan County Democratic Party Platform will soon be available on their website. Whether or not these provisions become part of the state platform will be decided at the state convention, which is this May 14th and 15th in Casper.