[EM] Democrats Reject Primary Challenge (FWD)
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Sat Jun 26 00:46:59 PDT 1999
The leaderships of both the D's and R's continue their corruption and
stupidity by not having a nonpartisan single winner method for electing the
U.S. President/ Vice President (and other federal executive and judicial
officers) (especially so that the campaigns for such officers do not have to
go on for years before the election day). Thus, the chaos mounts.
Democrats Reject Primary Challenge
By DAVID AMMONS
.c The Associated Press
Associated Press Writerr
SEATTLE (AP) - The Democratic Party on Friday rejected challenges to
first-in-the-nation primary bragging rights for Iowa and New Hampshire but
said big changes are inevitable in coming years.
The rules committee of the Democratic National Committee turned aside
spirited efforts by Michigan and Washington state to challenge the supremacy
of the two make-or-break states.
Party rules say no delegation selection can begin until March 7, with an
exception carved out for Iowa, traditionally the first caucus state, and New
Hampshire, the time-honored first primary state.
Michigan wants to hold caucuses on Feb. 12 or the Saturday before New
Hampshire's primary, whichever comes first. Washington state wants to take
part in a presidential primary on Feb. 29, the tentative date for the New
Hampshire primary. Iowa's caucus is tentatively set for Feb. 21.
Arizona, South Carolina, Delaware and Oregon also have waiver requests
pending to hold earlier primaries, but the rules panel took no action on
During lengthy debate, Iowa and New Hampshire officials conceded that the
days of their special status may be numbered but the rules of the game should
not be changed for the 2000 campaign for the White House nomination because
it's in full swing in both states.
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, the first Democratic governor in his state in 32
years, said his defense of the special treatment is ``without reservation or
``It is not about privilege, but about permission the party has long given
us,'' he said.
Iowa and New Hampshire may not be microcosms of the nation, but they
effectively air the important issues and give candidates an equal opportunity
to strut their stuff, Vilsack and other officials from the two states said.
But the challengers said many of the other states are weary of taking a
``There is a deep resentment in our party and among many of the voters,''
said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. ``The two states think they have a God-given
right to go first and they don't care.''
Michigan has 156 national delegates and Washington state 94, compared with 29
for New Hampshire and 56 for Iowa.
Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said his party needs the early
caucuses to compete with the attention homestate Republicans will get by
moving the state primary up to Feb. 22 - an election he described as a
calculated move to help Texas Gov. George W. Bush in his bid for the GOP
Washington state Democrats said they have little choice but to seek the date
change. A bipartisan commission created by the Legislature picked the Feb. 29
date, state Chairman Paul Berendt said.
Many of the committee members agreed that change seems inevitable. Several
mentioned a system of regional primaries, with each region taking its turn as
the first in the nation.
``The system is broke and getting broker,'' said Alice Travis Germond of West
But the panel said it's too late to overhaul the system for the 2000
Don Fowler of South Carolina, former Democratic national chairman, said he
foresees ``nothing but mischief if we start granting waivers.'' States would
play leapfrog and the whole nominating process would be over by this
Christmas Eve, he said.
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