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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...

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...

Democrats hoping for Vegas #RNC16

Las Vegas is one of the RNC's finalists for the 2016 convention, and plenty of Republicans are calling it the favorite, based on the hope that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson would contribute generously, obviating the financial worries that plague most host committees. But Playbook has learned that American Bridge,...

2010 Census — Michigan

Michigan is unique among the 50 states in that it is the only state that actually lost population during the past decade.  Despite this fact, it only lost one congressional seat. About half of the counties in Michigan lost population.  Wayne County (home to Detroit) continued to lose population as...

Census 2010 — New York

After the 2000 census, New York had 29 representatives.  The first four districts were all located on Long Island in the counties of Suffolk and Nassau.  The Fifth District included parts of Queens and Nassau.  The next eleven districts were entirely within New York City.  The Seventeenth District included parts...

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...

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...

2010 Census — Arizona

In Arizona, they have gained an additional seat as a result of the 2010 Census.  The big issue for Arizona in redistricting is going to be the combination of population shifts and the growth of the Hispanic population. After the 2010 Census, the target population is 707,000.  Maricopa County (Phoenix)...

GOP looking at a July 10 start for 2016 Convention

Are we seeing the end of the Labor Day conventions? Republicans most likely will hold their 2016 convention in late June or July that year, GOPers close to the process tell The Buzz. The betting line is that a July 10 date will win out, those Republicans say. That would represent...

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...