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Re: [prezveepsenator] Lawmakers look to revolutionize primary plan

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    Anything to loosen the strangle hold of big money... It sounds interesting to me. Tom ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 31, 2007
      Anything to loosen the strangle hold of big money...
      It sounds interesting to me.


      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > Lawmakers look to revolutionize primary plan
      > By Sam Youngman
      > July 31, 2007
      > Three senators — one Republican, one Democrat and
      > one
      > Independent — are proposing a plan that would
      > revolutionize the nation’s presidential primary
      > system.
      > Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Amy Klobuchar
      > (D-Minn.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced
      > Tuesday they are proposing legislation that would
      > institute a new primary structure that divides the
      > country into four regions, with each region’s states
      > voting in a different month.
      > The Regional Presidential Primary and Caucus Act,
      > which would take effect in the 2012 elections, is a
      > result of this year’s rush by states to the front of
      > the line, with big states like California, New York
      > and New Jersey moving to Feb. 5 and Florida jumping
      > to
      > Jan. 29.
      > A document outlining the plan that was obtained by
      > The
      > Hill said it would “encourage the greatest number of
      > good candidates to enter the race, allow voters an
      > opportunity to hear all candidates’ ideas [and]
      > ensure
      > more Americans a chance to cast a meaningful vote.”
      > The proposal calls for a rotating schedule of the
      > four
      > regions, while still protecting the “traditional”
      > first states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
      > The states would be divided into the East (Region
      > I),
      > South (II), Midwest (III) and West (IV) regions.
      > A lottery would be held to determine which region
      > votes first on the first Tuesday or within six days
      > of
      > the first Tuesday in March. The other regions would
      > follow in numerical order in April, May and June.
      > Whichever region goes first in 2012 would go to the
      > back of the line in 2016.
      > One office said the plan is based on the Rotating
      > Regional Presidential Primaries Plan first adopted
      > by
      > the National Association of Secretaries of State in
      > 2000.
      > The senators pushing for the new plan said it was
      > developed in response to the crowded front end of
      > the
      > 2008 primary season. According to them, next year,
      > 33
      > states have scheduled their primaries or caucuses
      > before March 1. In 2004, there were only 19, and in
      > 2000, there were 11.
      > On Feb. 5, 2008, 18 or more states will hold their
      > caucuses or primaries, leading many to believe the
      > party’s nominees will be known long before the
      > summer
      > campaign season begins.
      > “Under this schedule, the primary contests in both
      > major parties could be over by March 1st — nearly 6
      > months before the nominating conventions,” the
      > document reads.
      > Aside from garnering more Senate support, the bill
      > also raises a number of other questions.
      > Most primaries are set by state law, seen most
      > recently in Florida, where the state legislature
      > ignored the bylaws of the Republican and Democratic
      > national committees and made its primary Jan. 29 by
      > law.
      > In some states the parties set the date and host the
      > elections and are responsible for the cost of the
      > contests.
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