There are cards at each seat in Texas delegation. We are in the bleachers. We are to hold up cards when told to. There is a video on how to this trick. We are not to hold cards above our heads.
Anyone want to predict how mant delegates fail to follow instructions?
This trick will take place before the balloon drop
The theme of the Democratic Convention will be Unity. Part of the deal for Sanders endorsement of Clinton is allowing Sanders to have some roll call votes on the super delegates, open primaries and the requirement of a formal roll call vote for the nomination itself (currently the plans are for this vote will be on Tuesday in the afternoon and not on Wednesday during prime time). There appears to no plan for Sanders to release his delegates to vote for Clinton during the roll call like what Clinton did in 2008. I would prefer that Sanders follow Clinton's 2008 example but that appears to not be part of the deal for Sanders endorsement and I want the party to be unified coming out of the convention.
The DNC could block these roll call votes if they wanted to ignore the rules and the democratic process but instead of using Roberts Rules of Order to thwart the goal of unity, there will be three to five roll call votes as the Convention and Clinton delegates are being "whipped" to show up and vote for these roll calls. The first vote will be as early as two thirty on Monday afternoon and the Clinton campaign will be busy "whipping" the delegates to be there for these votes.
The GOP blocked the roll call votes last night and will be paying a price for ignoring the rules. Democrats and DNC will be taking a different approach with the goal being a unified party. As a Clinton delegate, I am looking forward to these roll call votes and I love the fact that the Clinton campaign is trusting in the process and democracy.
We will see which method works but I think that putting your trust in democracy and the process may be the better way to go.
One of the consequences of the SCOTUS' gutting of the voting rights act was the restriction of the DOJ's ability to federal election monitors. This is one of the provisions that the Democrats are trying to restore and which is being block by the Congressional republicans http://fortune.com/2016/07/17/us-federal-election-observers/
The plan, confirmed in a U.S. Department of Justice fact sheet seen by Reuters, reflects changes brought about by the Supreme Courts 2013 decision to strike down parts of the Act, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement.
Voting rights advocates told Reuters they were concerned that the scaling-back of observers would make it harder to detect and counter efforts to intimidate or hinder voters, especially in southern states with a history of racial discrimination at the ballot box.
The Supreme Court ruling undercut a key section of the Act that requires such states to obtain U.S. approval before changing election laws. The court struck down the formula used to determine which states were affected.
In 2012 I had a good number of poll watchers out watching the True the Vote assholes who were out attempting to suppress the vote. The DOJ election monitors were in a number of precincts in my county and in those precincts, we did not have to worry about the True the Vote voter suppression efforts. The DOJ people were great in stopping the True the Vote idiots from suppressing the vote.
I fear that we will be seeing some nasty GOP voter suppression efforts in states where the DOJ will not be allowed to monitor elections.
Again the Congressional republicans are refusing to restore this right because they do not want GOP voter suppression efforts stopped. The VRA needs to be restored which is not going to happen why the GOP control congress
Sue Clark was an election judge, the former treasurer of the county party, member of the Meyerland Democrats Club and was just elected to committee woman on SDEC for SD 17. Sue passed away this morning. I am in state of shock. Sue was a great democrat and hard party worker. She was looking forward to being on the SDEC and would have made a great committee woman I am in state of shock I saw Sue at the Texas Democratic party state convention less that month ago
I was proud to be her friend. My she rest in peace
Going to a national convention is not cheap but everyone knows in advance that they have to pay their own way other than trump supporters http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485911005/some-trump-rnc-delegates-surprised-about-paying-their-own-way-to-cleveland?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
I just got this from one of the Texas Democratic Party officials
Elizabeth Warren on Monday
Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Tuesday
Barack Obama on Wednesday
Vice Presidential nominee on Wednesday
Hillary Clinton on Thursday.
I am so looking forward to Philadelphia
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