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Death of the Superdelegate?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:44 am by HL

Death of the Superdelegate?
A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.   —JCL The Washington Post: Eighteen months removed from a protracted presidential primary fight, a group of Democrats gathered by President Obama has recommended that the party effectively eliminate the influence of so-called superdelegates by redefining their voting power. The Democratic Change Commission, which was convened last August to examine the nominating process, is recommending that superdelegates—also known as unpledged delegates—be required to vote along with the electoral majority of their state. “We need to show deference to what the party members in our state have done,” said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the co-chairmen of the commission. Read more

A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.
? —JCL

The Washington Post:

Eighteen months removed from a protracted presidential primary fight, a group of Democrats gathered by President Obama has recommended that the party effectively eliminate the influence of so-called superdelegates by redefining their voting power.

The Democratic Change Commission, which was convened last August to examine the nominating process, is recommending that superdelegates—also known as unpledged delegates—be required to vote along with the electoral majority of their state.

“We need to show deference to what the party members in our state have done,” said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the co-chairmen of the commission.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:43 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:42 am by HL

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ABC’s Inaccurate Gitmo-Abdulmutallab Story Got Major Pickup
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Good Riddance to the Blunder Years

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:39 am by HL

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Mega Giant Corporations Are Very Bad for America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Mega Giant Corporations Are Very Bad for America
Wal-Mart delivers at least 30% and sometimes more than 50% of the entire U.S. consumption of products. Why the monopolization of our economy should scare you.

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Brad Burston in Ha’aretz: Israel’s 10 Worst Blunders Plus Israel Prepares New Gaza War In New Year

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Brad Burston in Ha’aretz: Israel’s 10 Worst Blunders Plus Israel Prepares New Gaza War In New Year
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Minnesota State Senate candidate removes racist comments from his Twitter feed.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:36 am by HL

Minnesota State Senate candidate removes racist comments from his Twitter feed.
Local bloggers are reporting that Minnesota State Senate candidate Mike Parry removed more than 43 racist and homophobic tweets from his Twitter feed after progressives began researching and responding to him. The Minnesota Independent highlights one of Parry’s scrubbed tweets, which was apparently directed at President Barack Obama: The day after the New York Times […]

Local bloggers are reporting that Minnesota State Senate candidate Mike Parry removed more than 43 racist and homophobic tweets from his Twitter feed after progressives began researching and responding to him. The Minnesota Independent highlights one of Parry’s scrubbed tweets, which was apparently directed at President Barack Obama:

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The day after the New York Times published an editorial on the Matthew Shepard Act and a week after it was passed in the House, Parry posted a tweet stating “what’s with Dems and Pedophiles?” After winning the GOP’s endorsement this week, Parry aptly described himself as “pro-life, a Christian, a second amendment rights supporter, a hard worker and not politically correct.”


Senate health-care bill would still leave millions uninsured

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2010 5:35 am by HL

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