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Bradley in DC
09-04-2008, 11:46 AM

Republican Party Votes to Retain Presidential Primary Status Quo
September 2nd, 2008

On September 1, the Republican National Convention approved the party’s rules for future presidential primary dates. The 2012 rules are barely changed from the 2008 rules. New Hampshire and South Carolina may hold late January presidential primaries. Iowa and Nevada may hold caucuses in early January. Other primaries (if they are binding, and not beauty contests) may state in March. See this story.


Republican drive to reform the primary calendar in 2012 collapses
5:35 PM Mon, Sep 01, 2008 | Permalink | Yahoo! Buzz
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The latest Republican effort to reform the primary calendar has collapsed, leaving the major rules and dates used this year in place for 2012.

The decision, affirmed when the opening session of the Republican National Convention approved the 2012 rules, likely means a nominating process starting in mid-January and a large number of primaries like this year on the first Tuesday in February.

Initially, GOP rules strategists had hoped to delay the start of the nominating process by a month and create a new system under which most states would participate in a series of regional primaries starting later in spring. But most of the proposed changes were rejected last week by GOP panels after John McCain's campaign indicated it did not want a divisive fight over the issue at the convention.

That's exactly what happpened eight years ago when Bush campaign strategist Karl Rove short-circuited a prior reform drive.

Under the rules adopted Monday, New Hampshire and South Carolina were granted permission to hold their primaries in the second half of January, ensuring that they will remain the first two primaries. The rules don't refer to the caucuses in Iowa and Nevada since they are not binding events, but it is anticipated they will be held earlier in January, starting with Iowa.

The only real change was legalizing early dates for New Hampshire and South Carolina, which lost half of their GOP delegates this year along with Michigan and Florida for holding primaries ahead of the date specified in the GOP's 2008 rules.

The Democrats named a committee at their convention last week to study their nominating rules and were prepared to adopt later dates if the GOP did so. Now, it's likely that the main focus of the Democratic panel will be on an effort to cut the number of unpledged super delegates and review procedures in states that pick delegates in a caucus system.

New York For Paul
09-04-2008, 12:00 PM
This is where the real fight begins. Changes the rules of the game and you can change the outcome of the game.