Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fight breaks out over caucus system

A fight has broken-out on the convention floor over the current system where delegates to the Democratic national convention are allocated to the presidential candidates based both on the primary and on the results of the caucuses, as expresed by the convention delegates. Chairman Boyd Richie has created a commission led by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) to hold hearings across the state and make recommendations to the party on how to reform its National Delegate Selection Plan. More than 30 percent of the delegates to the convention signed a petition requesting a vote on the matter. West made a motion to table consideration of the caucus system until after his commission has finished its work. The motion to table is succeeding easily. The issue came up again when the party rules were considered. Again, the motion was tabled easily.

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