10 Dec 2011
December 10, 2011

DNC State Chairs Group Meets

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One of the most important groups within the Democratic National Committee is the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), which consists of each state’s party chair, first vice chair, and executive director.  The ASDC meets four times a year and just concluded its winter meeting here in Las Vegas.  Over the past three days, the..

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03 Dec 2011
December 3, 2011

Getting Obama on the Ballot

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Congratulations to petition coordinator Barbara Kanninen and all the OFA-Virginia volunteers who collected and filed with the State Board of Elections petitions containing more than 15,000 signatures to get President Obama on Virginia’s ballot.  Story here and here.  Virginia state law requires presidential candidates to submit 10,000 signatures prior to the December 22, 2011 deadline (with at..

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15 Oct 2011
October 15, 2011

NHL Rulz

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When a player commits a penalty and gets injured (like Beagle in last night’s Caps game), the penalty is served by a substitute (in that case, Ovie).  Rule 8.1.  But can the penalized team pick anyone to serve the penalty?  NHL Rules (now at our Reference Page) don’t seem to limit.  But if so, why pick..

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10 Sep 2011
September 10, 2011

DNC Rules and Bylaws Commitee – Comment

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I really appreciate all the work the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee has done over this cycle, and over today’s three hour meeting, but here are some general thoughts: • As I noted in July, this Committee would benefit from a presentation from someone experienced with disability issues – they don’t understand the definition of disability..

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The DNC RBC met for almost three hours today and approved 19 state delegate selection plans,completing their work of approving 56 total plans.  One state (CT) will come back for final approval, but the remainder were given conditional approval (and CT state should be approved without difficulty).  At this point, states need only satisfy DNC RBC staff,..

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The DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee met in Washington today to review and give conditional or final approval to approximately 25 state 2012 Democratic National Convention Delegate selection plans.  Some states, e.g. Florida, have yet to come before the RBC.  It will consider remaining (and resubmitted plans) at its September 9-10, 2011 meeting, held in connection..

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The DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee, meeting in Washington DC today, gave final approval to the Virginia Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  The RBC approved a waiver request allowing compliance with the SBE Presidential Candidate Filing deadline of December 22, 2011.  (Time to get going on those petitions!)   The RBC has granted similar waivers to other states (and probably..

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at 9:30 at the Capitol Hilton.  I’ll have a report later this morning.

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Today, we submitted the final version of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  It is substantially similar to prior plans, but we have re-run the affirmative action numbers, resulting in a higher goal for African-Americans.  The DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee will now consider the final plan,..

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As recounted in Douglas Egerton’s excellent book on the 1860 election, The Year of Meteors, the big issue in the election of 1860 was extension of slavery to the new territories.  The Democratic Party met in Charleston SC on April 23, 1860 to nominate its candidate, with Sen. Stephen Douglas (D-Ill) as the frontrunner.  After..

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