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NMI Democrats now active in national party

NMI Democratic Party Chairman Edward Manibusan attended the summer meetings of the Democratic National Committee and the Association of State Democratic Chairmen in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and NMI Democratic Chairman Edward Manibusan pose for a photo during the DNC and  Association of State Democratic Chairs Summer Meeting in  Scottsdale, Arizona.  Contributed photoDemocratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and NMI Democratic Chairman Edward Manibusan pose for a photo during the DNC and Association of State Democratic Chairs Summer Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Contributed photo
This marked the beginning of the NMI Democrats’ active role in the national party, the retired judge told Variety in an interview yesterday.

He said the Arizona meetings were the first national party events that the NMI Democratic Party has attended since it was admitted to the DNC last year.

The NMI Democrats, he added, are now also part of the Association of State Democratic Chairmen and the Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz and DNC Vice Chairman Tulsi Gabbard as well as many Democratic members of the U.S. Congress also attended the meetings.

Aside from immigration reform and a minimum-wage hike, the meetings also discussed federal-election financing laws, President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, gun control and voting rights.

“The president welcomed the members by telephone and thanked them for their work in running their state parties and for making sure that Democratic Party initiatives were carried forward,” Manibusan said adding that he was encouraged by the message of the president and the other guests who spoke at the meetings.

“The president spoke of the importance of education by proposing new reforms to make college more affordable to middle-class families and those fighting to get into the middle class,” Manibusan said.

The DNC, he added, lauded the efforts of Democrats who are “working hard to make sure that everyone finds a secure job that pays enough to support them and their family, to have access to a good education, a home that is not at risk of being taken away, a retirement free from financial anxiety and secure health care with decent benefits.”

Manibusan urged local people to get involved in national party activities “in order to bring lasting changes to our community.”

“I encourage everyone, especially our young men and women to participate in our political process, to make sure that their generation has a stable future. Politics have consequences. We are seeing those devastating consequences now — resulting from years of neglect and lack of diligence by those who governed,” he said.

“I would like to encourage our citizens to join the Democratic Party of the Northern Marianas and be part of the political process.”

The NMI Democratic Party used to be one of the islands’ major political groups, but after it split in 1997, it has been eclipsed by the Covenant Party, a faction of the NMI Republican Party.