28 Nov 2009
November 28, 2009

Meanwhile, at the GOP Change Commission

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which is actually called the “Temporary Delegate Selection Committee” (TDSC), discussions are ongoing.  Josh Putnam at Frontloading HQ has provided a report on last week’s meeting.  The Committee heard discussion of various calendar reform proposals.  The Committee is not scheduled to make recommendations until July 2010.  Watch Josh’s site for updates.




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28 Nov 2009
November 28, 2009

DNC Change Commission # 3 – Caucuses

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The 2008 caucus process generated an unusual amount of attention and controversy, largely because far more people participated in these processes than had ever done so in the past.  Those who favor having caucuses instead of primaries in their states argue that a mix of caucuses and primaries is appropriate, candidates can have more direct..




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 Or, more accurately, automatic unpledged party leader and elected official delegates (“AUPLEOs”).  In 2008, nearly 20% of national convention delegates were super delegates – Distinguished Former Party Leaders (DFPLs, e.g., former DNC Chairs), Governors, Senators, members of Congress, and DNC members.  The 2008 Convention Resolution requires “a significant reduction in the number” of such delegates.  It..




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This is the first of three postings that discuss the rules issues the DNC Change Commission will consider at its (final) December 5, 2009 meeting.  [corrected] The Change Commission Resolution adopted at the Democratic National Convention provides that, for 2012, most primaries/caucuses are to be held after March 1; those that are allowed to go..




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The DPVA State Steering Committee will meet Friday night, Dec. 4, at 7:30 and the Central Commitee will meet Saturday morning, Dec. 5 at 10:00 am – both meetings are in Staunton at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, 24 S. Market St., Staunton VA 24401.  Spend some time in Staunton’s very cool downtown and check out Barrister..




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Health insurance reform, economic recovery, a state dinner, and more.  




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20 Nov 2009
November 20, 2009

Democratic Veterans

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Congratulations to the Veterans and Military Family Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia on its very cool and informative website.  Check out the Links Page of this site for other DPVA Caucus and Constituency Groups.




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17 Nov 2009
November 17, 2009

DNC Weekly Report – Nov. 12

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Health care and note interesting discussion re OFA. 




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14 Nov 2009
November 14, 2009

Virginia Indian Heritage Month

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is November.  Check out the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities website for information and activities.




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14 Nov 2009
November 14, 2009

Don’t Fear the Resolutions

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Among other things, the Deeds campaign was unable to set out coherent positions on issues and interest Obama voters.  The Democratic Party of Virginia could have helped.  In 2001 and 2005, the DPVA Resolutions Committee worked with the Warner and Kaine campaigns to draft brief, but comprehensive, platforms setting forth the Party’s positions on issues. ..




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