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Roll call votes-comparison of Democratic vs. GOP conventions-my view as a Clinton delegate

The theme of the Democratic Convention will be Unity. Part of the deal for Sanders endorsement of Clinton is allowing Sanders to have some roll call votes on the super delegates, open primaries and the requirement of a formal roll call vote for the nomination itself (currently the plans are for this vote will be on Tuesday in the afternoon and not on Wednesday during prime time). There appears to no plan for Sanders to release his delegates to vote for Clinton during the roll call like what Clinton did in 2008. I would prefer that Sanders follow Clinton's 2008 example but that appears to not be part of the deal for Sanders endorsement and I want the party to be unified coming out of the convention.

The DNC could block these roll call votes if they wanted to ignore the rules and the democratic process but instead of using Roberts Rules of Order to thwart the goal of unity, there will be three to five roll call votes as the Convention and Clinton delegates are being "whipped" to show up and vote for these roll calls. The first vote will be as early as two thirty on Monday afternoon and the Clinton campaign will be busy "whipping" the delegates to be there for these votes.

The GOP blocked the roll call votes last night and will be paying a price for ignoring the rules. Democrats and DNC will be taking a different approach with the goal being a unified party. As a Clinton delegate, I am looking forward to these roll call votes and I love the fact that the Clinton campaign is trusting in the process and democracy.

We will see which method works but I think that putting your trust in democracy and the process may be the better way to go.

U.S. Curtails Federal Election Observers

One of the consequences of the SCOTUS' gutting of the voting rights act was the restriction of the DOJ's ability to federal election monitors. This is one of the provisions that the Democrats are trying to restore and which is being block by the Congressional republicans http://fortune.com/2016/07/17/us-federal-election-observers/

Federal election observers can only be sent to five states in this yearís U.S. presidential election, among the smallest deployments since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to end racial discrimination at the ballot box.

The plan, confirmed in a U.S. Department of Justice fact sheet seen by Reuters, reflects changes brought about by the Supreme Courtís 2013 decision to strike down parts of the Act, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Voting rights advocates told Reuters they were concerned that the scaling-back of observers would make it harder to detect and counter efforts to intimidate or hinder voters, especially in southern states with a history of racial discrimination at the ballot box.

The Supreme Court ruling undercut a key section of the Act that requires such states to obtain U.S. approval before changing election laws. The court struck down the formula used to determine which states were affected.

In 2012 I had a good number of poll watchers out watching the True the Vote assholes who were out attempting to suppress the vote. The DOJ election monitors were in a number of precincts in my county and in those precincts, we did not have to worry about the True the Vote voter suppression efforts. The DOJ people were great in stopping the True the Vote idiots from suppressing the vote.

I fear that we will be seeing some nasty GOP voter suppression efforts in states where the DOJ will not be allowed to monitor elections.

Again the Congressional republicans are refusing to restore this right because they do not want GOP voter suppression efforts stopped. The VRA needs to be restored which is not going to happen why the GOP control congress

Newly elected SDEC SD 17 Committewoman Sue Clark passed away

Sue Clark was an election judge, the former treasurer of the county party, member of the Meyerland Democrats Club and was just elected to committee woman on SDEC for SD 17. Sue passed away this morning. I am in state of shock. Sue was a great democrat and hard party worker. She was looking forward to being on the SDEC and would have made a great committee woman I am in state of shock I saw Sue at the Texas Democratic party state convention less that month ago

I was proud to be her friend. My she rest in peace

Some Trump RNC Delegates Surprised About Paying Their Own Way To Cleveland

Going to a national convention is not cheap but everyone knows in advance that they have to pay their own way other than trump supporters http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485911005/some-trump-rnc-delegates-surprised-about-paying-their-own-way-to-cleveland?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

Tentative Speakers for DNC Convention

I just got this from one of the Texas Democratic Party officials

Elizabeth Warren on Monday
Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Tuesday
Barack Obama on Wednesday
Vice Presidential nominee on Wednesday
Hillary Clinton on Thursday.

I am so looking forward to Philadelphia

Worst Texas Democratic Party Convention ever

The Alamodome is not easy walking distance from any of the hotels and they only had buses in the morning but not at night. You had to take a cab to get back to the hotel. The food court had one vendor who ran out of food on Saturday The lines were very very long.

The Alamodome is not set up for meetings. There were a limited number of elevators and most of the caucuses and meeting were on the upper floors with bad access and poor maps.

I am going to the national convention

Who is going to the Texas Democratic Party Convention?

If anyone wants to try to meet up, please let me know. I will be in the Clinton grassroots room part of the time.

Toon- Upcoming Democratic Debates

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Judge rejects Bernie Sandersí supporterís voting lawsuit

Source: Washington Times

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a Bernie Sanders supporter who argued elections officials in California were robbing unaffiliated voters of the chance to vote in the stateís June 7 Democratic presidential primary.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Wednesday the Voting Rights Defense Project waited too long to request an injunction for radio and TV ads informing unaffiliated voters that they can vote in the presidential primary of the Democratic, American Independent and Libertarian parties.

The group had argued that county elections officials were failing to inform unaffiliated voters of that right, threatening to disenfranchise thousands of voters. Its lawsuit named California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and two county elections officials.

Padilla said the lawsuit was frivolous.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/1/judge-rejects-bernie-sanders-supporters-voting-law/



This lawsuit was frivolous
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