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Today is Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into...

GOP announces July 18-21st for #RNC2016 in Cleveland

WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee has selected July 18-21 as the official dates for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. "I'm pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.  "A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee.  The convention will be held significantly earlier than previous...

International Politics Meets Domestic Politics

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint session of Congress at the invitation of the Republican Party.  There are many reasons why this speech is unprecedented, but the biggest reason may be that this speech occurs smack in the middle of the Israeli elections...

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New Las Vegas Arena Plans Announced

If the 2016 Republican National Convention is held in Las Vegas, this is where the gavel will drop. Arena partners AEG and MGM Resorts International unveiled renderings Monday of their $350 million, 20,000-seat venue on the Strip, showing exterior images evoking the Strip’s high energy and bright lights as well...

Why isn’t New York bidding for the 2012 conventions?

One type of renovation at Madison Square Garden will begin this summer when the Knicks try to sign players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Another type, one that will modernize the 42-year-old arena, will move into high gear next year with the first of three summer shutdowns. Each year, construction will start with the end of the Knicks’...

Nevada’s Lt Governor thinks #RNC2020 is more likely than #RNC2016

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is a long-range and positive thinker. Since 2006, he has worked on bringing the Winter Olympics to Northern Nevada, and he is hopeful about 2022. Now that’s long range. He’s working on bringing the Republican National Convention in 2016 to Las Vegas. Now that’s positive. Let me be frank. I don’t think that will happen. But it lays...

RNC announces Cleveland as the host for #RNC2016 (contingent on contract negotiations and vote)

Recommendation contingent on successful contract negotiation and approval from full RNC WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention.  The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to...

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DNC arrives in Birmingham for #DNC2016 site selection visit

The site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Birmingham today for a two-day visit to the Magic City. Birmingham is the first of the remaining five finalist cities that will receive a visit from the team, which will be evaluating the city's capability of hosting the...

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Redistricting Pennsylvania

Thanks Tmess2 for the great introduction to the Pennsylvania census numbers (and all the great census work overall). The first thing I'd like to say about the Pennsylvania census numbers is that Philadelphia gained population for the first time since 1950. The current population of 1,526,006 raises it back to fifth largest...

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GOP 2016 date is earliest since 1980

With a date of July 18th this is the earliest GOP convention since the 1980 Reagan convention in Detroit which started on July 14, 1980. It also the earliest of either major party since the Clinton Dem convention in NY which started July 13, 1992. Is going back to July conventions...

Ferguson in its Local Context

There are a lot of different angles to the Ferguson story.  On the one hand, there are...

Supreme Court-Preview of Remainder of Term

This past Friday, the Supreme Court returned from its Christmas recess with the January arguments scheduled to...

Convention News

Sunday With the Senators: Is all lost?

I wish I could be as optimistic as when I wrote my last projection in August, when my number was 53. I've seen the Saturday polls,...

Supreme Court Term 2014-15: Part 3

The first case is a returning case:  Zivotovsky v. Kerry.  This case involves a statute mandating that U.S. passports should show that the place of...

National Conventions

Convention Hurricane talk revisited

We've talked about weather affecting conventions plenty of times. You can see all of the posts from 2008 here. Last cycle a hurricane delayed the Republican National Convention and it was...

Failure to Raise Debt Ceiling Could Hurt Conventions

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Charlotte N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx went to Washington this week with the same message: Don't let the partisan rancor over...

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What actually happens at the Democratic National Convention?

What is the Democratic National Convention?

The Democratic National Convention is the political meeting of the Democratic Party to nominate the Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. The convention also aims to set the goals or platform of the Democratic Party.  The conventions have been held since 1832. At the convention, delegates from all the 50 states participate in the selection of the Party’s nominees. The Democratic National Convention marks the formal end of the Primary election period and the commencement of the general election season. Democratic National Convention

When and where is the Convention held?

Since 1952, Party national conventions have been held in late August after the Summer Olympics. Last Year, however,  the convention was pushed to July, after the Republicans rescheduled their convention. The Democratic National Committee selects the location for the convention from a pool of interested host cities. Factors such as logistics, and strategy decide the location of the convention

The selection process:

The delegates are elected by different means, and State parties have complicated ways of choosing who they send to the convention. The party’s presidential nominee is selected in a series of individual state caucuses and primary elections. Two types of delegates – pledged delegates and superdelegates- vote at the national convention. The pledged delegates vote based on the state primary and caucus results. Their votes are confirmed for the candidate who is victorious in their State. Some delegates enter the convention unpledged to any candidate. The superdelegates were created before the 1984 elections, as a means for the party establishment to exert some control over the nomination process. Superdelegates include members of Congress, Governors, and even some former presidents. Unlike pledged delegates, Superdelegates are free to vote for anyone they choose. However, the superdelegates seldom vote against the popular choice. Before 1936 nomination for president required two-thirds of the total number of delegates. However getting that many votes were literally impossible and the rules were changed to a simple majority. The primary election season usually identifies a clear nominee or a front-runner. However, when a single candidate does not emerge, a brokered convention could be held. In a brokered convention nominee is selected through a series of ballots and bargaining between leading candidates At the 2016 convention, Hilary Clinton had 2205 pledged delegates, and the majority of the superdelegates went with the popular choice, and she ended up being the Democratic party’s Presidential candidate.

The platform:

The delegates also vote on the party’s platform which is often a statement of principles and goals. This also sets the rules for the party’s electoral rules. The platform outlines the public policy goals and proposals. These are often referred to as planks and are generic. Occasionally something specific may find a place in the statement to appease a section. At the convention party activists hold meetings or rallies and lesser-known leaders deliver addresses during the day. Significant speeches by notable leaders are held in the evening.

Looking Ahead:

The Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing the superdelegate system wherein majority of the superdelegates will be bound to vote in line with the primaries result. This reform is expected to be brought in before 2020.

Best Presidents of the United States

We all have our notion of the best Presidents of the United States. But what do the historians who chronicle modern history have to say? C-Span’s Presidential Historians survey polled almost 100 historians for the 2017 version in which President Barack Obama was included for the first time. Historians rated President based on ten different leadership qualities such as leadership in crisis, international relations, and economic management. Ronald Reagan Here are the top ten in the list:

10. Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969):

Johnson is ranked at number 10 for his efforts in pursuing equal justice for all Americans. He urged the country “to build a great society, a place where the meaning of man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” He secured Medicare for the elderly and passed over 60 bills for education.

9. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989):

Reagan rates high for his views on economic management and public persuasion skills. His vision of peace through strength saw the passage of legislation to speed up economic growth and strengthen national defense. He pressurized the Soviet Union to end the cold war.

8. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963):

His inaugural speech was one of the modern greats as he called his fellow citizens to serve the country. He is held high for his public persuasion skills and crisis management. He was assassinated while in office.

7. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809):

Principle author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson is held high for his vision and agenda setting. He reduced the nation’s debt by a third during his tenure.

6. Harry Truman (1945-1953):

Historians credit him for excellent crisis management. At the peak of the World War II, he ordered the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He also watched the establishment of the United Nations to preserve peace.

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961):

Eisenhower created the department of health, education, and welfare and is rated high among the Presidents for his excellent crisis management skills. He obtained a truce in Korea using the threat of atomic bombs.

4. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (1901-1909):

Became the youngest President of the country when he took office at just 42. Known for his progressive reforms, he is credited with doing more for the natural resources of US than any other President.

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945):

Facing the worst of Depression, he had immense ability to persuade people. His quote “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” speaks volumes about the man who saw the USA through two crises.

2. George Washington (1789-1797):

The first President of the country is ranked high for moral authority, economic management, and overall performance. He established the United States Navy. He set a precedent by choosing to retire after the second term.

1. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865):

Lincoln was at the helm at a most difficult phase in the history of the nation and led the union to victory in the civil war. In 1863, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in the USA. He also established the American banking system.