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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...

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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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History of the Democratic National Convention

Andrew Jackson foundered the modern Democratic Party around 1828, which makes it the oldest political party in the world at nearly two centuries old. The party combined economic liberalism and social conservatism and was popular mostly in the rural South. The Democratic and Republican parties basically started to switch platforms when Theodore Roosevelt ran as a Bull Moose candidate in 1912. Woodrow Wilson was the first fiscally progressive Democrat. Meanwhile, Franklin D. Roosevelt promoted a social liberal platform in the 1930s, which included his New Deal coalition. The party has united with small liberal/regional parties in the US including the Non-partisan League in North Dakota and the Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) has existed for nearly two centuries since the first one was held in Baltimore in 1832. An interesting fact is the party originally had the odd name of “Republican Delegates from the Several States” then later officially became the Democratic Party. Here are some interesting DNC meetings since then: 1835 (Baltimore) This was the second DNC and was held just three years after the first one. The convention took place 1.5 years before the 1836 election and the goal was to prevent possible opponents to run against Vice President Martin Van Buren. He had been hand-picked by President Andrew Jackson to be his successor. Van Buren was a member of the Democratic-Republican party from 1799-1825. He was a Democrat from 1825-1848 and from 1852-1862. 1840 (Baltimore) This DNC was the first convention that passed a party platform. It included issues like the role of states’ rights and the US Constitution. It also opposed the formation of a national bank and stated the states should decide on the issue of slavery. 1852 (Baltimore) The nomination balloting lasted for 2 days and included 49 ballots. It resulted in Franklin Pierce getting the nomination since he promised to run as the Democratic candidate if the votes resulted in a deadlock. Pierce served as president from 1953 to 1957. Pierce was a northern Democrat but thought the nation’s unity was threatened by the abolitionist movement. Pierce is often considered by historians as being one of the worst US Presidents. He angered anti-slavery groups and failed at uniting the North and South, which eventually resulted in the US Civil War. 1924 (NYC) The convention was 16 days and the longest one in US history. The delegates voted in a total of 100 ballots prior to picking a presidential nominee. 1932 (Chicago) FDR broke tradition by flying to the convention to give an acceptance speech and talk about his “new deal” that included methods to lower unemployment. In the past party nominees usually waited stayed at home until they were told about the party’s nomination. 1936 (Philadelphia) FDR appeared at the DNC convention. He promoted a change in the rules so nominees only need a simple majority of delegates instead of two-thirds. 1948 (Philadelphia) The party disagreed about the issue of civil rights. This resulted in the Mississippi delegation as well as part of the Alabama delegation withdrawing from the DNC. This resulted in the delegates selecting their own US presidential candidates after forming the States’ Rights Party with other Southern Democrats. 1964 (Atlantic City) The convention’s Mississippi delegation only included white delegates. That’s because African-Americans were unable to vote in the southern state. This resulted in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party protesting by sending an integrated delegation. The delegation was offered 2 at-large seats. 1968 (Chicago) The convention included riots outside due to President Lyndon John’s strategy for the Vietnam War as well as the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The convention was also the first one in which state delegations could split their votes for different candidates. 1980 (NYC) A vote at the 1980 DNC require delegates for candidates they promised to during primaries/caucuses during the first ballot. Sen. Edward Kennedy was running for president and attempted to prevent the passing of the rule. After he failed to block the rule he removed his name as a possible nominee for president. 1984 (San Francisco) This was the first DNC that included super delegates. They made up around 14% of the ballots and included elected officials and party leaders. Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman on any major party’s ticket. However, the Mondale/Ferraro ticket lost to Reagan/Bush in the general election, which resulted in Reagan’s second term as president. 2008 (Denver) Sen. Barack Obama became the US’ first African-American presidential nominee from any major political party in the US. He went on to win the general elections in 2008 and 2012.

Possible Democratic Candidates in 2020 Presidential Election

It’s still three years away from the 2020 US election but many Democrats are thinking ahead to who will be at the top of the ticket to face President Trump. Here are some of the most likely candidates for the nomination:
  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
It seems Biden has a lot of regrets about not running for president in 2016. He’s claimed he thinks he could have won the election and that he would have been the most-qualified candidate. Biden would likely be one of the best candidates for winning back the Rust Belt and white working class voters. Biden was a popular vice president but it’s uncertain whether Biden could win the Democratic nomination since he’s had trouble in the past. Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He later earned his BA from the University of Delaware and his law degree in 1968 from Syracuse University College of Law. He later served seven terms as a US Senator (D-DE) and two terms as US Vice President. If Biden won the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 he would be 77 years old by the 2020 general election.
  1. Rep. John Deleney
Deleney has been representing Maryland’s 6th House district since 2013 and has already announced his candidacy for US President in 2020. The district is the second biggest in Maryland and includes most of the western region of MD while most of the constituency is in the other Washington DC suburbs. Deleney grew up in New Jersey and is the son of an electrician. He’s graduated from Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. He’s co-founded two companies that are both traded publically on the NY Stock Exchange. They include Health Care Financial Partners, which loans to small health care service providers. Deleney also co-founded Capital Source, which is a lending company that’s provided capital to thousands of small/mid-size companies. In 2012 Deleney won the 6th District by defeating Republican Roscoe Bartlett after redistricting. He ended up winning 54% of the vote during the primary then defeated Bartlett by 59% to 38%. Deleney barely won re-election in 2014 by about 2,200 votes and was elected again in 2106 with 56% of the vote.
  1. Sen Kamala D. Harris
Harris was sworn into office as a US Senator representing California earlier this year. There’s been some tension between Harris and progressives but she recently supported the single-payer health care bill of Sen. Bernie Sanders, which seemed to be a step at improving the situation. Harris is both a politician/lawyer and has served as California’s Attorney General. She was born in 1964 in California. Harris’s father immigrated to the US from Jamaica and was a Standard University economics professor. Meanwhile, her mother emigrated from India and was a breast cancer researcher. Harris graduated from Howard University as well as UC Hastings. The US Senator was endorsed by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and won the Democratic primary. During the general election campaign she also won the enforcement of various organizations including SF Firefighters Local 798, United Educators of San Francisco, and a United Farm Workers co-founder. She defeated Republican Steve Cooley who was the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. Harris became the state’s first female, African-American, and Indian-American attorney general. Harris was the first Democratic candidate to declare she intended to run for the US Senate seat of Barbara Boxer after she announced she would retire at the end of her fourth term in 2016.Harris was the front-runner since the launch of her campaign in early 2015. A year later the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Harris after receiving nearly 80% of the vote. Harris won the primary and faced Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in the general election. It was the first time a Republican didn’t appear on the general election ballot since the state started elector senators in 1914. Harris won the 2016 election with 62% of the vote.
  1. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sanders seem to be indicating he’ll run again in 2020 even after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 2016. However, given the situation many Democrats believe he deserves a second chance. One issue Sanders might have to deal with is a land deal his wife was involved in. It seems to be a major issue so however it turns out could end up affecting whether the Vermont senator runs again in 2020. Another X-factor is Sanders would be 79 years old by the 2020 general election. Sanders were born in NYC, New York. He graduated from the University of Chicago after earning a BA degree in political science. He’s one of two independent US Senators although was registered as a Democrat from 2015-2016 during his presidential run. He was also a member of the Liberty Union party from 1971-1977. Sanders have been serving as a US Senator since 2007 and were re-elected once.
  1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
There’s a big question mark about whether the Massachusetts senator will run in 2020 since it seems Sanders will likely try to win the Democratic nomination again. However, Warren as a big fan base so there’s a chance they could try to talk her into running for president as they did for US Senate. Warren has been a member of the Democratic Party since 1996 and is the senior US Senator from Massachusetts. She’s taught at various laws schools including those at the University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. Warren is a consumer protection advocate. She won the general election in November 2012 by defeating Republican Scott Brown and becoming the state’s first female US senator. Warren was considered as possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 and endorsed Hillary Clinton after all 50 states had voted. Warren was born in 1949 in Oklahoma. She graduated with a BS from the University of Houston in 1970 with a degree in speech pathology & audiology. Warren graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1976 and passed the bar examination afterwards. The MA Senator voted as a Republican for several years until 1996 because she thought it was the best pro-market party. However, she started voting Democratic in 1995 because she thought that wasn’t the case. Since then she’s said she’s voted for both parties because she thinks there should be a balance of power.