22 Jul 2016
July 22, 2016

2016 Democratic Party Platform

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Below is the final draft of the Democratic Party Platform, to be voted on at the Convention on Monday. And here’s the GOP 2016 platform.  Clear choices, people!      read more →

14 Jul 2016
July 14, 2016

Open Primaries and Closed Caucuses

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The Democratic National Committee has control over its Superdelegates, but much less control over whether a state has a primary and how it is conducted, which are matters of state law. Indeed, state Democratic Parties may not be able to influence this process, especially in state with Republican Governors or Legislatures. Thus the DNC can provide.. read more →

14 Jul 2016
July 14, 2016

Superdelegates: A Modest Proposal

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After the 2016 election, the newly-elected Democratic National Committee (DNC) will take a hard look at the role of automatic, unpledged delegates or “superdelegates” (ADs) for the next cycle. Options range from expanding the number of ADs by, e.g., adding the highest ranking elected Democrat in states that lack a Democratic governor, to eliminating them.. read more →

I understand that the Democratic National Convention Rules Committee will meet in Philadelphia on Saturday July 23rd and the Credentials Committee will meet on Sunday July 24th.   I have not seen draft committee reports, but the 2016 Call to Convention, Article 8, contains the Temporary Rules.  Also, fyi, below are the final Rules and.. read more →

In connection with the Democratic National Convention, the DNC will hold meetings and events with its constituency group caucuses and councils.  A schedule is below.  In general, there are several sites that provide updated information on official – and unofficial events – around the convention  –  I think the best are the official site demconvention.com,.. read more →

Here are some of my favorites – let me know about yours. Paul T. David, et al., The Politics of National Party Conventions, Vintage Books: 1964 – This is a condensed Brookings Institution Study that provides a comprehensive analytical account of the nominating conventions from 1832 to 1960. (There is a 1972 update.) Douglas E… read more →

The Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee has completed its draft platform – the full Platform Committee will meet in Orlando on July 8-9 from 8 am to 4 pm, and you can still submit comments at the Democratic Convention Platform site.   Also, here’s a DNC summary of  the Draft Platform. read more →

28 Jun 2016
June 28, 2016

2016 Democratic Platform Summary

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Here’s a link to a DNC summary of  the Democratic National Convention Draft Platform.  The actual draft Platform will be released prior to the platform committee meeting, in Orlando on July 8-9; I’ll post it when I get it. read more →

24 Jun 2016
June 24, 2016

#Brexit and Trump

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some.. read more →