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 defeat the reform proposal.
The Credentials Commitee also voted to uphold a penalty of 50% of the delegate votes for South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida and Michigan for holding primaries earlier than allowed in RNC Rules. The RNC imposed the 50% penalty prior to the primaries, and then made it stick.
The National Convention should address these issues today and is expected to approve the committee reports. See here for an unofficial (but amusing) Convention Schedule.
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I was proud to represent Virginia on the Democratic National Committee for 12 years. I am in DC now, but still active in voter protection and Democratic Party rules. More about me, click here.