I have gotten behind with this site – not due to an enthusiasm deficit, but rather a work surplus.  Better than the alternative, but no excuse.   Tuesday is a critical election day.  Virginia can reelect our four threatened Democratic incumbents and continue the Change – a process which we knew would never be easy, but still..

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30 Dec 2009
December 30, 2009

DNC Change Commission Adopts Report

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The DNC Change Commission held its final (hour-long) meeting this afternoon (by conference call).  The Commission approved a draft report that recommends converting most automatic unpledged “superdelegates” to pledged delegates who will fill slots reflecting the voter preferences in their state’s primary or caucuses – thus becoming automatic, pledged, voting convention delegates.  The DNC Rules..

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22 Aug 2009
August 22, 2009

Best Blogs for Rules Geeks

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Here is my list of 10 blogs that do a fine job of covering party rules and related election law issues: Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com Dem Con Watch Frontloading Blog The Green Papers Cal Tech’s Election Updates    Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog Edward Still’s Blog on politics and law  The Forum – A peer reviewed journal of..

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01 Sep 2008
September 1, 2008

GOP Addresses Rules Issues

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Last week, the Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted to reject a 2012 nomination process proposal which would have grouped primaries on three spaced dates in the spring.  The committee voted to prohibit primaries prior to the first tuesday in March, except for New Hampshire and South Carolina.  The McCain campaign reportedly put on the pressure to..

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Barack Obama proved this week that he has the skills to unify the Democratic Party and present a vision for the country’s future.  The convention was an extraordinary experience to meet and learn from other Democrats around the Commonwealth and the Country.  We leave Denver fired up and ready to go!

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26 Aug 2008
August 26, 2008

Convention Adopts Committee Reports

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As its first (and thus far only) Official Actions, the Democratic National Convention yesterday adopted the Reports of the Credentials, Rules, and Platform Committees, without controversy.  (See posts below re substance of the reports.)  The Convention then shifted to its primary focus of presenting Barack Obama, our next president.  And with Ms. Obama’s speech last..

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26 Aug 2008
August 26, 2008

Convention Seating

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For those of you in Denver with Purple — Alternate, Honored guest, special guest credentials. Special guests – let’s try to gather in section 334 Alternates/Honored Guests — not yet determined — 222 to 228 – IF AVAILABLE Check in with DPVA during 1:30 office hours to see if there is an update Convention Seating..

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24 Aug 2008
August 24, 2008

Unity Rules Credentials

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The Democratic National Convention Committee met today and unanimously approved the seating of all delegations and adopted 12 resolutions.  The Committee voted to honor the requests of the Obama campaign, agreed to by the Clinton campaign, to reverse the prior decisions of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and seat all delegates from Michigan and..

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23 Aug 2008
August 23, 2008

Changing the Rules for 2012

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The Democratic National Convention Rules Committee today unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the DNC to establish a Democratic Change Commission to consider controversial issues which arose in this year’s presidential nomination process and recommend changes in that process to the DNC.  The Resolution directs the Commission to move the delegate selection process back so..

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The Democratic National Convention Rules Committee met this morning and unanimously adopted proposed Convention Rules and a resolution calling for the establishment of a Democratic Change Commission which will make recommendations regarding the 2012 Presidential nomination process, and address issues including timing, caucuses, and super delegates.  [See next post.] The proposed Convention Rules are similar..

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