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  • A Look Back to 2008-The Democrat Primary

    05/07/2016 6:44:55 AM PDT · by billyboy15 · 2 replies
    Sen. Hillary Clinton's decision to end her historic bid for the White House and ceding the Democratic nomination to Sen. Barack Obama, ends a long, often bitter battle for the right to challenge Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the general election. Obama, D-Ill., who claimed victory after clinching the necessary delegates on Tuesday, will be the nation's first African American running with the nomination of one of the country's two major political parties. Clinton's Bid for History Falls Short Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and two-term senator from New York, entered the race over a year ago with the...
  • Of Presidents and Presidencies, and Things Presidential

    07/24/2015 8:15:53 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 24, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    We worry about our presidential primary process. Some wonder why. Some believe that we worry too much, and it all fixes itself in time; why get so worked up? Be patient, they say, the primaries will handle it, and then comes the election, don’t worry so much. And if you’re not in an early primary state, you have no effect anyway, so you’re better off saving your energy and just watching TV or going to a game. So we’re told, especially by friends and acquaintances who just don’t think it all matters that much, and who wonder why we’re willing...
  • Republicans ready to move 2016 convention up two months

    01/23/2014 12:36:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2014 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Republicans on Friday are expected to remove all obstacles to holding their 2016 presidential nominating convention to the end of June, two months earlier than their 2012 convention in Tampa, The Washington Times has learned. “The party’s rules change moves the convention to an earlier date which will allow our candidate to begin the general campaign earlier,” said Republican National Committee member Bruce Ash, who is chairman of the RNC’s Standing Rules Committee. “I will be voting to create a level playing field for all candidates and to help vet and promote the best candidate to allow the GOP to...
  • Primary Repairs for a Broken Primary System

    01/19/2014 6:11:21 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 19 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Republican Party suffers from a terrible illness, and it goes on and on, season after season, without even attempts to cure it. This illness is our presidential primary system. Since the beginning of the New Deal, the Republican Party has only nominated two conservatives for the Presidency: Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Ronald Reagan in 1980. One suffered a huge defeat, the other enjoyed two huge victories. As this record shows the conservative ascendancy, one would expect this to mean that the party would keep nominating candidates like their greatest victor in a century, at least until it stopped...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot

    02/03/2012 12:16:22 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 116 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 3, 2012 at 2:21pm EST | Rosie Gray
    Rick Santorum is on the verge of being left off the ballot in the the Indiana primary, three sources told BuzzFeed Friday. The former Pennsylvania senator is more than 30 signatures short of the 500 needed in the 7th Congressional district, which includes Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, a source close to the Santorum campaign said. The Marion County chief deputy of voter registration on the Democratic side, Scott Carr, confirmed that Santorum had not submitted 500 valid signatures. An Indiana Republican source said Santorum is "a couple dozen" signatures short, but that Newt Gingrich will be on the...
  • Do straw polls matter? This one does

    09/22/2011 5:44:41 AM PDT · by Happy Valley Dude · 6 replies
    Broward GOP Insider ^ | 9/21/2001 | Kevin Cerino
    This week over 3000 Republican will gather in Orlando to meet presidential candidates, watch them debate, and then vote in a non-binding straw poll. Last year’s United States Senate campaign in Florida is highly instructive in how useful straw polls can be. Marco Rubio was trailing Charlie Crist in scientifically conducted public opinion polls early in the primary campaign. But several county Republican Executive Committees conducted straw polls of their members which showed overwhelming support for Rubio. County REC’s are composed of the grassroots activists who raise money, knock on doors, and make phone calls for political campaigns. They are...
  • State Moves Presidential Primary to June - California

    07/29/2011 8:46:55 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    Reuters via KTLA-TV ^ | Reuters via KTLA-TV
    California has moved its presidential primary to June, consolidating trips to the poll to save money in an election that most voters in the Democratic leaning state see as a foregone conclusion. Governor Jerry Brown signed the move into law on Friday. The state for years tried to raise its profile in the national presidential race, but its efforts have been diluted as other states have made similar moves. California spent nearly $100 million for its presidential primary on February 5, 2008, when 24 states, nearly half the nation, held nominating contests in a battle known as "Super Tuesday". The...
  • California moves presidential primary back to June

    07/29/2011 7:55:11 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 18 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | July 29, 2011 | 5:26 pm
    California’s next presidential primary will be one of the last in the nation thanks to a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown ...
  • Zen and the Art of Candidate Selection

    04/26/2011 4:26:25 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | April 26, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As a high school senior during the lead-in to the 1980 primaries, I did what I could for “The Early Bird” – Rep. Philip M. Crane. I wore his enormous button everywhere – the Fox Valley Mall and the Woodfield Mall, the movie theater, the pizzeria. I couldn’t do more than that, but I tried. He was the most conservative candidate in the field, a twelve-year congressman, author, and terrific speaker. Despite fine showings in straw polls, his conservative faithful weren’t enough; his campaign was eliminated early on in the primary season. Fortunately, the primaries worked out well for the...
  • Is a 2012 Clinton 45 Win Unthinkable?

    04/06/2011 3:17:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies
    Hillary Clinton would make a formidable 2012 presidential opponent running against any of the current crop of likely GOP candidates. Maybe that's why so many of them are keeping their powder dry, so far. They're waiting to see what she does. Political intelligence can be, like military intelligence, an oxymoron. (This I learned in both venues.) The two crafts are not dissimilar. Each collects and examines shards of possible evidence; rates the veracity of each piece; searches for connections; tests each against an unfiltered range of suppositions; sprinkles in magic dust made from the ground-up intuitive glands of a dozen...
  • 2012 GOP PRIMARY POLL (FReep this poll!)

    01/18/2011 1:56:37 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 40 replies
    The Patriot Caucus PAC ^ | January 18, 2011 | Patriot Caucus Team
    Out of the following potential candidates, who would you vote for in a Republican Presidential Primary? * Mike Huckabee * Sarah Palin * Mitt Romney * Newt Gingrich * Tim Pawlenty * Herman Cain * Mitch Daniels * Mike Pence * Other: Direct link to poll:
  • Al Franken for President

    12/07/2010 3:33:46 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 8 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 7, 2010 | Walter Hudson
    I imagine, were I to wrangle up a fluxed-out DeLorean and travel back to 1995, I would have a difficult time convincing my sixteen-year-old self that the actor then portraying Stuart Smalley would go on to be the United States Senator from Minnesota. Smalley, if you do not immediately recall, was Al Franken’s signature character on Saturday Night Live, a self-professed self-help guru with a show on cable access television. Franken’s shtick played off the irony that Smalley so obviously needed help himself. Each sketch would start with him gazing vacantly into a full-length mirror, reciting the then familiar affirmation....
  • How to avoid another RINO nominee? Eliminate primaries.

    11/05/2008 11:44:10 AM PST · by Brookhaven · 83 replies · 2,655+ views
    info please ^ | 2008 | Republican Party
    Iowa Rebublican Caucus Results: Mike Huckabee 34.3%, Mitt Romney 25.3%, Fred Thompson 13.4%, John McCain 13.1%, Ron Paul 10.0%, Rudy Giuliani 3.5%, Duncan Hunter 0.4% New Hampshire Rebublican Primary Results: John McCain 37.2%, Mitt Romney 31.6%, Mike Huckabee 11.2%, Rudy Giuliani 8.6%, Ron Paul 7.6%, Fred Thompson 1.2%, Duncan Hunter 0.5% Michigan Rebublican Primary Results: Mitt Romney 38.9%, John McCain 29.7%, Mike Huckabee 16.1%, Ron Paul 6.3%, Fred Thompson 3.7%, Rudy Giuliani 2.8%, Duncan Hunter 0.3% South Carolina Republican Primary Results: John McCain 33.2%, Mike Huckabee 29.9%, Fred Thompson 15.7%, Mitt Romney 15.1%, Ron Paul 3.7%, Rudy Giuliani 2.1%, Duncan...
  • Ohio GOP chair blasts McCain over primary plan (Another RNC fix for 2012)

    08/28/2008 7:35:40 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 30 replies · 304+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | August 28, 2008 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    (snip) A Republican National Committee rules committee in April gave initial backing to a plan to spread out the primaries to avoid the creation of a de facto national primary. But the plan approved by the RNC's full rules committee Wednesday in Minneapolis rejected the so-called Ohio Plan in favor of a system allowing most states to hold primaries in March. Bennett has been critical of such a system, which he says creates a national primary that focuses attention on a few big media markets. It also encourages early campaigning, more spending and less contact with the average voter, Bennett...
  • California election maneuver backfires (Morons at work, results well deserved though)

    06/04/2008 2:16:41 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 5 replies · 110+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 6-3-08 | Dan Walters
    "Given what later happened, California would have had more clout had it left its primary in June. One can only imagine the intensity that a June primary contest between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in California would have generated."
  • California Republicans Limit Their Primary To Those Registered In Party

    02/04/2008 11:43:32 PM PST · by Moral Hazard · 63 replies · 155+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 4, 2008 | Casey Stegall
    About 34 percent of voters in California are registered Republicans, and are the only voters allowed to cast ballots in the Republican presidential race on Tuesday. ... Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers? If I was the California Republican Party, I’d want anybody I could get given their shrinking numbers,” he said.
  • Calif. voter registration swells for early presidential primary

    02/01/2008 3:12:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 59+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/1/08 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    Voter registration for Tuesday's election is about 700,000 higher than during the last California presidential primary four years ago. In December, statewide registration already had set a record for a presidential primary. The current registration is 15.7 million voters, compared to just more than 15 million for the 2004 primary. The secretary of state's office released the figures on Friday. The registration jump comes after California's presidential primary this year was changed from June to February. The move gives California - for the first time in years - a stake in deciding nominees for the two major political parties. Secretary...
  • Caption NH Presidential Primary

    01/08/2008 8:57:00 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 40 replies · 28+ views
    A sign is seen outside a polling station in Nashua, New Hampshire, January 8, 2008. Voters in New Hampshire were casting ballots Tuesday in the nations first U.S. presidential primary election.
  • California vote could matter with early presidential primary

    01/01/2008 3:22:14 AM PST · by gondramB · 20 replies · 194+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/31/2007 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    SACRAMENTO—California's move toward the front end of the presidential nominating calendar means that for the first time in years, voters could be casting their ballots while the race is still very much in play. Well-funded candidates already are looking to California and the 21 other states voting on Feb. 5, including New York, to save them from potential losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Florida, which votes the week before, also could be important. Rudy Giuliani has embraced this national strategy as a substitute for winning the Republican caucuses in Iowa, where the former New York City mayor's...