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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes - Yahoo! News

Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes - Yahoo! News: "Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes" By NEDRA PICKLER and BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writers 21 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Democratic Party officials agreed Saturday to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes, ruling on a long-running dispute that has threatened the party's chances in November and maintaining Barack Obama's front-runner status as he moves closer to the nomination. The decision was a blow to Hillary Rodham Clinton as she was on the verge of watching Obama make history as the first black Democratic presidential nominee. It prompted an irate reaction from boisterous Clinton supporters in the audience and her chief delegate counter, Harold Ickes. Ickes angrily informed the party's Rules Committee that Clinton had instructed him to reserve her right to appeal the matter to the Democrats' credentials committee, which could potentially drag the matter to the party's convention in August. "There's been a lot of talk about party unity — let's all come together, and put our arms around each other," said Ickes, who is also a member of the Rules Committee that approved the deal. "I submit to you ladies and gentlemen, hijacking four delegates ... is not a good way to start down the path of party unity." The resolution increased the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination to 2,118, leaving Obama 66 delegates short but still within striking distance after the three final primaries are held in the next three days. The deal was reached after committee members met privately for more than three hours, trying to hammer out a deal, and announced in a raucous hearing that reflected deep divisions within the party. "How can you call yourselves Democrats if you don't count the vote?" one man in the audience shouted before being escorted out by security. "This is not the Democratic Party!" The sticking point was Michigan, where Obama's name was not on the ballot. Clinton's camp insisted Obama shouldn't get any pledged delegates in Michigan since he chose not to put his name on the ballot, and she should get 73 pledged delegates with 55 uncommitted. Obama's team insisted the only fair solution was to split the pledged delegates in half between the two campaigns, with 64 each. The committee agreed on a compromise offered by the Michigan Democratic Party that would split the difference, allowing Clinton to take 69 delegates and Obama 59. Each delegate would get half a vote at the convention in Denver this summer, according to the deal. The deal passed 19-8. Thirteen members of the committee supported Clinton, so she wasn't even able to keep her supporters together. The committee also unanimously agreed to seat the Florida delegation based on the outcome of the January primary, with 105 pledged delegates for Clinton and 67 for Obama, but with each delegate getting half a vote as a penalty. Proponents of full seating continuously interrupted the committee members as they explained their support of the compromise, then supporters of the deal shouted back. "Shut up!" one woman shouted at another. "You shut up!" the second woman shouted back. Jim Roosevelt, co-chair of the committee, tried repeatedly to gavel it to order. "You are dishonoring your candidate when you disrupt the speakers," he scolded. Obama picked up a total of 32 delegates in Michigan, including superdelegates who have already committed, and 36 in Florida. Clinton picked up 38 in Michigan, including superdelegates, and 56.5 in Florida. Obama's total increased to 2,052, and Clinton had 1,877.5. A proposal favored by Clinton that would have fully seated the Florida delegation fully in accordance with the January primary went down with 12 votes in support and 15 against. Tina Flournoy, who led Clinton's efforts to seat both states' delegations with full voting power, said she was disappointed by the outcome but knew the Clinton position had "no chance" of passing the committee. "I understand the rules. ... I can tell you one thing that has driven these rules was being a party of inclusion," Flournoy said. "I wish my colleagues will vote differently." Alice Huffman, a Clinton supporter on the committee, explained that the compromise giving delegates half votes was the next best thing to full seating. "We will leave here more united than we came," she said. Some audience members heckled her in response. "Lipstick on a pig!" one shouted. "We just blew the election!" a woman in the audience shouted. The crowd was divided between cheering Obama supporters and booing Clinton supporters. "This isn't unity! Count all the votes!" another audience member yelled.

Florida's Votes Count


Florida Democrats Florida Democrats

Dear Florida Democrat,

Your voices were heard loud and clear today in Washington.

It was a long day, and it's been a long, long time coming, but finally, it's official:

Florida's Votes Count.

This afternoon, the Democratic National Committee recognized the importance of Florida's voters. The DNC's decision allows for all of Florida's 211 delegates to be seated at the National Convention and cast one-half vote each, putting us on equal footing with Florida Republicans (who were penalized by their national party with a 50% delegation reduction).

Today's announcement allows for Florida's voices to be heard and for the spirit of our national party's rules to be preserved. Because it is an important step toward winning Florida in November, both the Clinton and Obama campaigns support this decision.

No matter who wins, they both agree that a strong and passionate Florida delegation must participate in the nomination of the next President of the United States of America.

During this incredible primary season, you've responded with courage at every step. You turned out in record fashion - 1.75 million strong - to do your civic duty and vote.

In every part of our state, activists like you stepped up to the plate to build grassroots operations, even campaigning on street corners with cardboard cutouts of your favorite candidate - all because you believe, like I do, that this country desperately needs change.

That's what keeps us together: the belief that this country can be a better place.

Each and every one of us believes that Americans deserve better from their leaders.

President Bush and the Republican Party have taken this country in a terrible direction.

We must prevent a third Bush term. Alone, Florida Democrats can stop John McCain. He cannot win the White House without our 27 electoral votes.

Those 27 votes are what we must focus on from now until November 4th.

Don't lose sight of what matters most. Divided, we will fail.

But together - united - we can change our country for the better.

Let's get back to work!

Karen L. Thurman
Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party

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Tomorrow Is the Beginning


Florida Democrats Florida Democrats

Dear Florida Democrat,

We're contacting you today because you've written to the Florida Democratic Party during the debate over Florida's Democratic Presidential Primary. We appreciate the thousands of people who have shared their thoughts, feelings, suggestions and questions with us over the past few months. While we unfortunately can't personally respond to each email, we have read and taken them into consideration.

More than a year ago, Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature and Governor decided to move our state-run presidential primary election in violation of both the Republican and Democratic National Committees' rules.

After determining that no viable alternative existed, the Florida Democratic Party was forced to move forward with the early primary as the only way to give all Florida Democrats an open and fair election with maximum participation, regardless of disability, military service or anything else.

Party leaders feel very strongly that the people of Florida deserve to be heard in the nominating process and represented at the National Convention. Unfortunately, because of national party rules, Florida Democratic delegates have been in limbo.

Tomorrow, I believe that will change.

I believe that the DNC's Rules & Bylaws Committee will restore at least half of our delegates, which would put us on par with Florida Republicans (whose national party halved their delegation).

The Party has not made any specific recommendations to the DNC since we submitted our delegate selection plan, but we have consistently noted that a record-breaking 1.75 million Florida Democrats voted in the state-run January 29th primary, which had all the candidates on the ballot.

Tomorrow, the Rules & Bylaws Committee will hear an appeal written by Florida DNC Member Jon Ausman. I have asked our senior U.S. Senator, Bill Nelson, to present on behalf of Florida Democrats. Several of our Congressional and DNC members will also be there to show their support. You can watch it live on C-SPAN, CNN or MSNBC beginning at 9:30 AM.

I sincerely hope that this meeting brings closure to a dispute that has gone on for way too long.

Florida is the nation's largest battleground state, and the Democratic nominee - no matter who it is - is going to have a strong opportunity to win here.

It's time to unite and move full speed ahead toward November to elect a Democratic President.

I'll report back to you after the committee issues a decision.

Thank you for your support,
Karen L. Thurman
Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party

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His freaking phone company


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As you may have noticed, I sometimes forward on e-mails from CREDO Mobile. That's because CREDO Mobile is Rock the Vote's online voter registration partner and organizes around incredibly important progressive issues. Already this year, 600,000 young people have used Rock the Vote and CREDO Mobile's online registration tool. Rather than just explaining what CREDO does, CREDO suggested that we pass on this (real!) blog post:

Posted by benwyskida April 25, 2008 on the PinkoMag Blog

In 1999 I joined Working Assets long distance. I did it almost entirely because they sent you two free coupons for Ben & Jerry's with each bill, and who wouldn't like that? In 2002 I switched to their cell phone service. In the early Wild West days of socially-responsible living, Working Assets was a gamble. It was expensive; service would fade in and out, and once an operator told me nicely that my phone might have problems working in downtown Philly because there were lots of "obstacles," also known as buildings.

BUT I loved the fact that they gave piles of money to progressive nonprofits; that they sent action alerts in my cell phone bill and I could order lefty books; and the fact that my cash WASN'T going to a major media cell phone company. And I waited, patiently, for the point where the service was good enough and it was a safe enough bet that I could say to all my friends: There is no reason NOT to have them as your mobile provider, especially if you want a nice easy way (and who doesn't) to do a little something for the left.

Last week, I notified them that I had moved. And my phone company—my freakin' phone company—emailed me a link to a voter registration form, so that I didn't forget to change my registration info. Two days later they emailed again to ask if I'd changed the registration yet. Two days after that I got a letter, triple checking that I was registered. I thought, okay, that's awesome. It's time. Everyone should take the plunge.

I realize that this is pretty shameless and pretty pushy a plug. Anticipating that, I'm ready to answer questions I'm sure you'll have that are preventing you from giving your $60 a month to a good company and instead paying $60 a month for the salary of the can you hear me now guy.

1. Is it a real phone company?
Yes. It's like Sprint. Or T-Mobile. Or Verizon. You pick a plan, they send you a phone, you call people.

2. Are the phones made of hemp and cashew nut cheese?
I wish! But they're not. They have real actual phones with cameras and text messages.

3. Can I keep my number, and what about the contract?
Gotcha on this! Yes, you can keep your number. And ... wait for it ... Working Assets will pay off your contract. There is literally no risk or reason. (Oh: the one debbie downer is that if you have an iPhone, Apple struck a deal and you can't use a different service provider. It sucks, and maybe it will change.)

4. Is the service good? Is it more expensive?
The service, I'm glad to say, is now just as good as any other phone. Totally comparable. As for more expensive, it may be slightly more depending on the plan. But even if it is, those couple more dollars are going to prison reform organizations, media justice groups, nifty indie media outlets, and women's rights. You help all those people and don't have to do anything, you just talk talk blah blah like usual and pay your bill and then awesome groups get money.

5. How do I join CREDO Mobile, ditch my corporate cell phone and do good things?
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Together with CREDO, we're going to register two million young voters this year. Thanks for making a difference. Thanks for rocking the vote,

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Executive Director | Rock the Vote

*P.S. CREDO's lawyers asked us to include this: (c) CREDO 2008. All rights reserved. Ben & Jerry's (R). Ben & Jerry's is a registered trademark of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. and is used by CREDO Mobile under license. Sprint (R). CREDO Mobile is powered by Sprint's nationwide all-digital network, reaching over 250 million people. Sprint is the network provider only; your service is handled exclusively by CREDO Mobile. Sprint is a trademark of Sprint Nextel. T-Mobile (R). Verizon (R). "Can You Hear Me Now" (R) Verizon. iPhone (R). Apple (R). CREDO Mobile will pay off your contract: We will credit your CREDO Mobile account (up to $200) thirty days after we receive a copy of your prior carrier's termination fee charges; details to follow by mail. Blog post excerpt used by permission from Ben Wyskida. CREDO donates piles of money to 50 progressive nonprofit groups nominated by our customers every year. CREDO Mobile does not believe that all Debbies are downers.

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