This morning on ‘Meet the Press,’ Republican National Committee chair, Reince Priebus called for his party’s 2016 national convention to be held earlier in the summer.
I’m calling for a convention in June or July. We’re going to set up a commission that’s going to make that decision. I’m going to be a part of that. I’m going to chair that commission, but no more August conventions.
While interesting from a number of political perspectives, it also raises the prospect, if it happens, of having to have the Texas Legislature make changes to the Texas Election Code to enable that to happen.
That’s because, unlike a number of states, Texas election law currently tightly specifies the dates on which business of Texas political parties must take place. For example, section 174.063 of the Texas Election Code requires that both the Democratic and Republican parties have their county or senate district conventions on the third Saturday after the primary - unless that Saturday happens to be during Easter weekend of Passover.
The timing of the state convention, where delegates to the national convention are selected, isn’t as specifically spelled out in the Election Code, but section 174.092 requires that it be held in June or July.
Minnesota law, by contrast, only requires that party rules provide for holding of a convention in election years, though it contains a number of provisions about notice, access, and so forth.
And in Texas, for some time, a number of officials and activists in both major parties have asked, behind the scenes, whether the high degree to which the internal business of political parties in Texas is regulated by state law should give way to a more flexible regime.
This session, there’s at least some effort to go big on changes with the filing of HB 3012 by State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria), chair of the House elections committee.
Under Morrison’s fairly sweeping bill, political parties would be given broad discretion in setting the dates and rules for their conventions. The bill would even allow precinct conventions in smaller counties to be held the same day as county conventions.
While the bill is still in the early stages, Priebus’ plans for a June or July 2016 primary could give it a push.
Just a thought to all the people that are screaming about God and how we’re all going to Hell because we just re-elected a great President: In 2008, a hurricane postponed the Republican Convention. This year, a hurricane postponed the Republican National Convention. Now, just one week before the election, a hurricane blew President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie together to show that two people from two different parties can work together. I think God has spoken!
Even if I don’t think God speaks via the weather.
Or at all.
As Lucé Vela Fortuño appeared on stage at the RNC, the name her parents gave her did not.
When Lucé Vela Fortuño, the first lady of Puerto Rico, took the stage at the Republican National Convention to introduce Ann Romney last week, her name — or something like it — appeared above her in three-foot block letters.