Houston Hearing This Friday Cancelled Because of Hurricane Ike

September 10, 2008 by  
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The primary/caucus advisory meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept 12, in Houston has been cancelled because of Hurricane Ike.

We will post information when it is rescheduled by the Texas Democratic Party.

Media Reports on Harlingen Hearing

September 9, 2008 by  
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Senator West’s Advisory Committee on the Primary/Caucus held a hearing in Harlingen last Saturday. Here are links to two media reports on the meeting. We need a bunch of people to attend the hearing in Houston this Friday. The start time for the Houston meeting is 9am. The location is Jacinto City Town Hall Center (at 1025 Oates Road, Jacinto City, TX 77029).

The Brownsville Herald, “Texas 2-Step Revisited: Hearings give Valley Democrats chance to voice their concern on primary/caucus system“.

KGBT TV 4, “Democrats hold hearing over ‘two-step’ primaries”.

(YouTube Video) of KGBT report.

14 Caucus States and Their Populations

September 9, 2008 by  
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Texas is by far the largest of the 14 states that use caucuses. The other caucus states all use a pure caucus system while Texas uses its own Texas Two Step of a primary/caucus hybrid. The 13 pure caucus states are all much smaller than Texas. The large states, such as California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan all use primaries.

Wyoming      Population Rank 50
522,830

North Dakota   Rank 48
639,715

Alaska   Rank 47
683,478

Hawaii  Rank 42
1,283,388

Maine        Rank 40
1,317,207

Idaho    Rank 39
1,499,402

Nebraska    Rank  38
1,774,571

Nevada   Rank   35
2,565,382

Kansas   Rank 33
2,775,997

Iowa   Rank 30
2,988,046

Colorado   Rank 22
4,861,515

Minnesota  Rank  21
5,197,621

Washington    Rank 13
6,468,424

Texas      Rank 2
23,904,380

Here is the source for the populations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population
Here is a CNN page with results that also says which states had primaries and which had caucuses:
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/scorecard/#D

Democrats Who Oppose the “Texas Two Step” to Attend Hearing on Primary/Caucus System at Harlingen Public Library Saturday, September 6

September 5, 2008 by  
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Media Advisory

For immediate release: Sept 5, 2008

Contact: Scott Cobb 512-689-1544, scottcobb99@gmail.com, www.changethecaucus.org

Democrats Who Oppose the “Texas Two Step” to Attend Hearing on Primary/Caucus System at Harlingen Public Library Saturday, September 6

“End the Texas Two Step” Group Seeks Change in Caucus Process Used by Texas Democrats to Allocate Delegates

A group of Democrats who are seeking an end to the “Texas Two Step” process of allocating delegates among the candidates for president will attend a hearing sponsored by the Texas Democratic Party in Harlingen on Sept 6. Members of the group will be available for media interviews starting at 8:30am on Sept 6 before the hearing starts.

The hearing is being held by the Advisory Committee on the Texas Democratic Party Convention/Caucus System. The Committee is conducting a series of meetings open to the public to allow for Democrats from all across the state to share their Primary/caucus experience.

The meeting of the Advisory committee will be at the Harlingen Public Library, Harlingen, Texas on Saturday, Sept 6, 2008 at 9:00am.  The library is located at 410 76 Drive, Harlingen, Texas 78550.

The “End the Texas Two Step” group wants the Texas Democratic Party to change its rules for future elections, so that all national delegates are awarded to presidential candidates based only on the results of the popular vote in the primary. In 2008, delegates were chosen through a complicated “Texas Two-Step” process that allocated 126 delegates based on the primary and 67 through the caucus system.

At the Texas Democratic State Convention in June, the group collected signatures from more than 30 percent of the number of delegates to the convention on a resolution calling for an end to the “Texas Two-Step”. When the resolution was brought to the floor of the convention, it was tabled without discussion on a motion by Senator Royce West on the grounds that his committee will be looking into the caucus system.

“The current system is unfair because it dilutes the voting strength of people who vote in the primary but do not return for the caucuses. Many people can not attend caucuses because of reasons beyond their control, such as their age or their health, or they may have young children, or they may work or attend school in the evenings, or they may be in the military and stationed overseas. Others may just be unaware that to fully support their chosen candidate they have to “vote twice”. Less than one-third of the 2.8 million people who voted in the Democratic primary on March 4 returned for the caucuses. Around 2,000,000 people voted in the primary but did not return for the caucuses”, said Scott Cobb.

“We believe ALL voters should count equally”, said Amy Esdorn, who voted for Barack Obama in the primary, but was unable to attend the caucus because she is a graduate student who had class the evening of March 4.

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