After Bob Beauprez’s entrance into the Colorado governor’s race this week, the Republican has relinquished his role as chairman of Denver’s effort to win hosting duties for the 2016 Republican National Convention. A familiar face — Pete Coors — is taking over. Coors, the chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Co. and MillerCoors, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter has sent a letter to the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee expressing interest in hosting the party’s 2016 national convention.
Philadelphia city councilman Jim Kenney went so far as to introduce a resolution in City Council saying Council should accept Schultz’s invitation, “since the Administration does not plan to convey interest in recruiting this massive economic boost to Philadelphia.”
Nashville officials expressed cautious interest Thursday in bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
"It's an honor for Nashville to be considered for a national convention like this one," [Mayor Karl] Dean spokeswoman Bonna Johnson said. "Interest like this reaffirms that Nashville is a major league city. We will have to see all the details of what the host requirements are — and we may not meet them this time — but we are clearly on track to being able to handle such an event in the coming years."
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. spokeswoman Andrea Arnold said the agency is "responding to the DNC that we are indeed interested."
Cities that have to claim they're major league cities, well, aren't.
Slightly over eight months ago, the United States Supreme Court issued one opinion (in Windsor v. United States) striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and another opinion (in Perry v. Hollingsworth) declining to consider whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The net result of these two opinions was to invalidate Section 3 of DOMA (banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages) but to leave intact Section 2 of DOMA (allowing states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states) and state law bans on in-state same-sex marriages (except for California's ban). The reasoning in Windsor, however, inspired a new wave of challenges in state and federal courts to Section 2 of DOMA and to state bans on in-state marriages.
Since then, particular in the last three months, federal district courts have started to issue rulings on these cases. As of this point, federal courts in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, and Virginia have struck down state law bans on same-sex marriages and a federal court in Ohio has struck down Section 2 of DOMA, finding that Ohio had to recognize marriages performed in other states. Furthermore, the state attorney generals in Nevada, Oregon, and Virginia have concluded that there is no valid legal basis to defend their state laws banning same-sex marriage.
Going forward, all of these decisions are currently being challenged on appeal. The first round of arguments will be the Tenth Circuit (which includes both Oklahoma and Utah) in April. Given normal court practices, the earliest likely date for an opinion from the Tenth Circuit would be August or September. The losing party would then have the option of asking for rehearing or simply proceeding to ask for the Supreme Court to review the case. My hunch is that, if the losing party in any of the Circuit Courts asks for rehearing by the entire court, there is a decent chance that they will get it, considering the significance of this issue. (In the Court of Appeals, cases are normally heard by a three-judge panel. While parties can request that the entire court -- or for the Ninth Circuit, a panel of about half the court -- rehear the case after the initial opinion, the full court denies that request almost all of the time. Given this practice, it is probably more likely that a request for rehearing would be declined, but the significance of these issues is likely to cause the judges to give the request closer consideration than in most cases.)
The key date for all of the pending appeals is probably around September 1 for the mandate from the Court of Appeals. The losing party on appeal has ninety days after the issuance of the mandate (normally issued within days of the denial of rehearing or the expiration of time to request rehearing) to file with the Supreme Court. The winning party has thirty days to file a response to the any petition filed with the United States Supreme Court. However, both parties can request extensions. Once a case is filed in the Supreme Court, the key day is in early January. If the response is filed by early January, the case can still be considered at a January conference and argued on the April argument calendar. If a case goes to the first February conference, the case will probably be bumped to the a fall argument calendar.
Given how tight the schedule is, I think it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will consider any cases on the merits of same-sex marriage until the fall of October 2015, potentially putting any decision on this issue into the Spring of 2016. What the Supreme Court does when these cases reach them will depend in large part on what happens in the various Courts of Appeal. If all of the Circuit Courts take an expansive reading of Windsor (as the District Courts have so far), there is a good possibility that the Supreme Court will decline to take a case on the state law bans, and instead take a case like the Ohio case challenging Section 2 of DOMA. Such an approach would satisfy those on the Supreme Court who want to proceed cautiously on this issue until such time as a decision authorizing same-sex marriage is almost an afterthought (i.e. when almost every state is already allowing same sex marriage). If a split develops in the Circuit Courts, however, the Supreme Court would be likely to take a case on the ultimate issue of whether there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage sooner.
The steady march of rulings by federal courts striking down state law bans has, to some extent, started to produce a reaction in "red" states with legislatures considering (but so far not enacting) religious conscious laws designed to allow folks to opt out of providing wedding-related services to those same-sex couples planning a wedding. To date, these laws have been extremely broadly written (allowing discrimination against homosexuals generally) which has led to their failure. I would expect to see a second version of these laws coming forward soon that will be more narrowly tailored to limit them to certain types of services.
Columbus wants to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 — and representatives for the city worked to make that clear in Washington Thursday evening.
At a reception complete with brisket and crab cake sliders, free drinks and mock delegate signs and passes, many top Buckeye State Democrats worked to convince DNC members that holding the next party convention in swing-state Ohio will benefit the 2016 Democratic nominee. It was the only exception to what’s otherwise been a fairly quiet Democratic convention process thus far, especially compared with the early efforts of cities vying for the 2016 Republican convention. -Politico
All of the bids are in and the cities bidding for the 2016 Republican National Convention are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix. Chairman Priebus announced the full list of bidding cities on twitter this morning. The next phase for cities will be the bid presentation day this coming Monday, March 3rd in Washington, DC. Cities will present their bids throughout the day and Chairman Priebus will have a media availability at noon to discuss the process. Background on what’s next below.
@Reince: Congratulations to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix for moving on to the next phase.
March 3rd, bidding cities will travel to Washington DC to present their bids to the full RNC site selection committee.
Mid March – RNC Site Selection Committee will announce selected cities to travel to for site visits. This may include all bidding cities or a narrowed list.
Late Spring – RNC Site Selection Committee will make city site visits.
Late Spring – Finalist(s) cities will be selected following site visits.
Late Summer/Fall – Convention City will be voted on by full RNC.
Denver on Monday formally submitted its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, arguing that its success with the 2008 Democratic convention shows it can handle such a large event.
"This is a city and a region that has proven we can do this," Mayor Michael Hancock said at a press conference.
Colorado also has appealing symbolic value to the RNC. Once reliably red, it has leaned Democratic in the past two presidential elections because of an influx of young, educated coastal professionals and a growing Hispanic voting population. Those are two groups Republicans are trying to win back. And Republicans would be nominating their presidential candidate in the same place Barack Obama was picked to head the Democratic ticket in 2008. - AP
In the middle of this President's Day Weekend, it's a good time to take a look at the current prospects for the House elections.
First, as thing stand currently, the Republicans have 232 Representatives to 200 Democratic Representatives, but that number will go down to 199 on Wednesday when Representative Robert Andrew's resignation takes effect leaving four vacancies. Between the current vacancies and the seats held by Republicans, Democrats need to pick up nineteen seats total to take control.
Second, at the present time, only one of the vacancies has a special election date scheduled before the general election -- Florida's 13th District (formerly held by the late Republican Representative Bill Young. No date has been announced yet for either Florida's 19th (formerly held by Republican Trey Radel) or for New Jersey's 1st District (Representative Andrews District). North Carolina's Twelfth District (formerly held by Democrat Mel Watts -- the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency) will not be filled until the general election in November.
Looking at these four vacancies, both of the Democratic vacancies are in seats in which Obama received more than 65% of the vote in 2012. The Democrats should keep these seats going into the next Congress. Florida's 13th District leans Democratic, and there is a good chance that the Democrats will win the special election. Either way it is the type of swing seat that both parties would like to win in November. Florida's 19th went solidly for Romney. If the Democrats do well in November, they should take three of the four seats, reducing the number needed for a majority to sixteen.
Third, in the remaining seats, to date, thirty-three members of Congress have announced that they will not be seeking re-election (many running for other offices, but some retiring). Of these thirty-three, twenty-one are Republicans and twelve are Democrats. While filing deadlines have only passed in seven states, the next six weeks will see filing deadlines pass in another twenty-three states. In other words, there is still time for some more retirement announcements, but it is unlikely that we will have many more.
The twenty-one Republicans represent the following districts: Alabama's 6th, Arkansas's 2nd, Arkansas's 4th, California's 25th, California's 31st, California's 45th, Georgia's 1st, Georgia's 10th, Georgia's 11th, Iowa's 3rd, Louisiana's 6th, Minnesota's 6th, Montana (at-large), New Jersey's 3rd, North Carolina's 6th, Oklahoma's 5th, Pennsylvania's 6th, Texas's 36th, Virginia's 10th, Washington's 4th, and West Virginia's 2nd. The problem is that the majority of these retirements are from what should be safe seats -- 8 of these Republicans represent districts in which Romney got 60% or better, and another 7 represent districts in which Romney got between 55% and 59%. So only six of these retirements represent good pick-up opportunities for the Democrats (but only one of the six is in a district in which Obama got more than 55%).
The city of St. Louis expects to receive a letter from the Democratic National Committee, perhaps as early as this week, giving it an opportunity to bid for its 2016 convention.
And the city, seen as a contender for the 2012 convention, which ultimately went to Charlotte, N.C., will almost certainly submit one, said Maggie Crane, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s spokeswoman.
Crane said any bid would be dependent on the DNC’s parameters for the host city, including a minimum number of hotel rooms and arena seats. Those requirements are unlikely to be a problem, as the Gateway City met them in 2011. - St Louis Business Journal
Bipartisan legislation targeting political convention money has passed the Republican-led House and is being championed in the upper chamber by Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), a former Democratic National Committee chairman who is close to President Obama.
The bill, which was pushed through the House by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), would redirect money from political conventions to pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ... Some Democrats in the House ripped the bill as a “Band-aid” approach, but it easily passed in December, 295-103. Seventy-two Democrats backed it.
The support of Sens. Kaine and Mark Warner (D-Va.) is a huge boost for the legislation. Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is also on board. ... Kaine told The Hill he was initially concerned about using the convention money but noted that both parties have sought to eliminate public funding for conventions. ... Experts say that public money accounts for 23 percent of convention funding, the rest coming from sponsors. If the House-passed bill becomes law, it would present a major funding hole for the Republican and Democratic national committees.
The taxpayer subsidies that pay for part of the conventions come from people who opt to contribute $3 on their federal income tax returns. ... Some campaign finance groups don’t support the bill. They say that even if the measure is signed into law, it doesn’t mean the money will be appropriated to the NIH pediatric research fund.
They accuse proponents of the “Kids First” bill of playing politics to defund presidential conventions.
Here's what I don't understand. Isn't the $3 checkoff a dedicated funding source? Can the money be just moved around at a legislative whim? I mean, if they cancelled all public funding of the presidential campaigns and moved it to other uses, wouldn't the checkoff have to go away, and the funding source would dry up? Anyone know?
If Congress decides that getting rid of public funding of the conventions is the right thing to do, and a reasonable case can be made that it perpetuates the 2-party system with no real benefit to the public good, then fine. Just do it cleanly. Disguising it as a move to increase NIH funding by a GOP which has been cutting research funding all over the place is just a little bit ironic, don't you think?
Joan Mondale, who became known as “Joan of Art” for her promotion of the fine arts during the political career of her husband, the former U.S. senator, vice president and presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale, died Feb. 3 at 83. - Washington Post
Joan Mondale and Walter Mondale at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 1984.