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2016 Delegate Selection-Part II-Democratic Rules Basics

As noted in the first part of this series,  the Democratic Party has adopted a set of rules designed to make the delegate selection process more uniform from state to state.  As a consequence, the Democratic Party’s rules are somewhat complex covering a lot of details of what states must do and what is optional.  In fact, the first rule requires the state parties to submit their state delegate selection plans to the Democratic National Committee’s Rule and By-laws Committee (a familiar body for those who followed the 2008 campaign closely) for approval.  Additionally, the rules require that the state parties have a period of public comment on the proposed plan before the state party adopts the plan and submit it to the DNC.  As a result, most, if not all, of the draft plans will be posted on-line.  (A good source for finding the draft plans is here.)  In theory, all of the draft plans should be available within the next week or two (as they are supposed to be adopted by May 4 with a minimum of a thirty-day period for public comment).

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#DNC2016 News Roundup

We’re starting to see more and more news on the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

  • Virginia released its delegate selection plan for 2016 this week. You can read the plan here.
  • Pennsylvania also posted their plan for review. If you live in Pennsylvania and you want to attend the convention, you should read this!
  • South Jersey is looking forward to the convention in Philadelphia.

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2016 Delegate Selection-Part I:Overview

Earlier this week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas became the first candidate to officially announce for President.  For the next 11 to 14 months, Senator Cruz and others will be campaigning to win their parties nomination for president.  One of the basic principles of political science is that one of the factors that determines who wins an election is the rules for determining who wins.  The 2008 Democratic primary is a key example of this principle when then-Senator Obama managed to obtain a slight margin in the delegate count despite narrowly trailing then-Senator Clinton in the popular vote and then convinced party leaders that it was the slight lead in the delegate count that mattered.

As a first principle, in the U.S., the only truly national election is when the chosen electors meet in December of the presidential election year to cast their votes for President.  Outside of that one vote, every other election is run by the states, with the states setting the rules for the election.  For the most part, the individual states have opted to give “established” political parties an automatic ballot line on the general election ballot (with a party becoming established by receiving a certain percent of the vote in the last election).  In all of the states, state parties affiliated with the national Democratic and Republican parties have automatic ballot lines for the presidential election.   Additionally, state law (or state and national party rules) dictate that the candidates chosen for President and Vice-President by the national conventions of the two major parties will be the candidates for that party in a given state (along with the associated slate of electors chosen by state party).

Because the conventions choose the candidates, the rules for awarding convention delegates to the candidates (and then selecting individual candidates) determine who gets the nomination.  As a general matter, national law has very little to do with this process.  The main national law impacting the process is the campaign finance law which has more holes in it than swiss cheese, and it is likely that most spending in the 2016 race (even more so than in 2012) will be by “Super PACs” supporting individual candidates and operating outside of any limits (other than being prohibited from directly coordinating with their preferred candidate).

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Local executive joins host committee for DNC

A local hospitality executive will have a critical role in ensuring the 2016 Democratic National Convention is well executed in Philadelphia.
Angela Val has been named the deputy executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 team, the committee executing the 2016 DNC convention. The Washington, D.C., native joins the team after a 16-year career at Visit Philadelphia, the agency that markets the Philadelphia region as a tourist destination. – Philadelphia Tribune

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Pennsylvania students ready to volunteer for #DNC2016

Even though the 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place during the summer, democratic Penn students are determined to not let the timing of the event prevent them from being involved.

The Democratic National Committee announced on Feb. 12 that the convention to elect the next Democratic nominee for president will be held at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016.

While some students have expressed disappointment that they will be home for the summer and miss the convention, others have expressed their desire to stay in Philadelphia over the summer of 2016 to work for the DNC. – The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Indy for #RNC2020 or #DNC2020?

It’s never too soon to start looking (way) ahead…

The requests for bids for the 2020 Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are expected to be sent out to cities in late 2017 or early 2018, and there’s already speculation that Indianapolis will be a heavyweight contender for either convention.

If Republicans and Democrats come calling on Indianapolis—as expected—to host their 2020 national political conventions, they’re likely to get the same answers they got for 2016.

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Philadelphia named as host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention #DNC2016

Washington, DC— Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.

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DNC visits host cities for 2016 Democratic Convention

Following visits to Columbus and Philadelphia earlier this week, DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited Brooklyn today:

New York City made its final pitch Friday to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Brooklyn.

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman, who toured the Barclays Center, the arena at the center of the city’s proposal.

“I know it’s highly competitive,” de Blasio told reporters at an unrelated news conference. “I know we’re coming down to the wire.”

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2016 Democratic National Convention to be held week of July 25th #DNC2016

This just in from the DNC…

Dear DNC Member,

Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will announce today the 2016 Democratic  National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016.  The Committee is still in final contract negotiations to decide a host city for the convention and will announce the decision in the coming weeks. 

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Could NYC Police strife cost NY the convention?

Officials in Columbus seem to think so:

Columbus might up end hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, in part because of another city’s problems.

City officials and Democrats statewide said this week that the turmoil in New York City between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD union has all but spoiled that city’s shot at getting the convention.

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