Secret meetings. Parliamentary maneuvering for power grabs. Removing accountability. Nope, I'm not talking about Cheney's energy task force, Frist's nuclear option, or Bush's handling of Abu Ghraib. I'm talking about the party of which I am a member, the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party just held its 2005 convention and jammed through a series of egregious charter amendments to fundamentally change the governance of the party, consolidating power within the Democratic State Committee and stripping out accountability and transparency, even changing the open meetings rule to a secret meetings rule. To do so the chair of the convention had to engage in bald parliamentary maneuvering.
The details of the changes to the party charter are below the break.
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