Wednesday May 09, 2012 | 01:07 PM

Even though the dust is still swirling a bit following the GOP convention last weekend, the Democrats have released their draft platform, which will be considered at their convention June 1, 2, and 3.

The proposed platform is a seven page document with positions on economic opportunity, health care, education, ethics, and a myriad of other topics. Not surprisingly, they advocate for a "universal, single-payer, non-profit health care system" gay marriage, and environmental protection for vernal pools and "airspace."

They also call for "fair compensation for state legislators" but don't outline exactly what that means. And they seem to take a shot at some LePage Administration officials -- Pattie Aho and Mary Mayhew come to mind -- with a statement that the party "opposes the appointment of professional lobbyists as heads of state agencies."

Other interesting things of note come under the heading Global Peace, Security and Justice, where they outline specific actions for Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and Palestine. In years past, delegates have debated the finer points of the platform, but have not opted for wholesale changes.

On Sunday night, the Republicans kept in place the 2010 tea party platform.

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