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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.

Stay tuned.



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.


Todd Starnes doth protest too much.


God forbid the FLOTUS likes the POTUS in neither boxers nor briefs… but they’re married, so it’s all good. Jesus gives two thumbs up to the Obamas having a rollicking roll in the hay every now and again. </sarcasm>

Anyhow, maybe she likes him in boxer-briefs. Or a banana hammock. You’re the one imagining the POTUS nekkid, I’m guessing. Jesus, now that it’s out that Obama might wear neither boxers nor briefs, the terrorists have won! Or something.

Guess what? I like to see my husband in neither as well. Dammit, I shouldn’t have said that, it’s unbecoming. Note to self: Stop being unbecoming.

You know what’s unbecoming, Todd Starnes? Mom jeans. I saw you in Tampa at the RNC, bro. 

Yes, FOR SHAME. SHAME SHAME SHAME. Now that the finger-wagging is out of your system for a married woman sort of answering a question about her husband’s underpants on a giggly morning show, maybe you can go back to being offended by South Park and calling for its blasphemy to be condemned.


GOP voter reg scandal grows: RNC employee arrested and charged with destroying voter reg applications in Virginia

A man who was being paid to register voters by the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested Thursday after he was seen dumping eight registration forms into a dumpster.

Colin Small, 31, was working as a supervisor as part of a registration operation in eight swing states financed by the Republican National Committee. Small, of Phoenixville, Pa., was first hired by Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm that was fired by the party after suspect voter forms surfaced in Florida and other states.

The “We Built This” theme for the Republican Convention was a tone deaf, inside-joke that played off an intentionally misconstrued supposed gaffe that didn’t really seem to resonate with the general electorate. Or look at the difference between the reaction to Clint Eastwood’s speech inside the hall, where it was met with raucous laughter and enthusiastic applause… to outside the hall where it was met with something more like confused amusement. And the ultimate example of the costs of the conservative bubble are Mitt Romney’s 47% comments, versions of which have become commonplace to the point of cliche in right-wing circles, and ones which Romney offered inside the safety and comfort of the conservative bubble, but have now leaked out to general populace where they are rightly found noxious. In the song “Ten Crack Commandments,” Biggie Smalls offered a set of rules for drug dealers who wanted to avoid the perils of the trade and one of them was a piece of old advice:”Never get high on your own supply.” Same goes for political strategists: never confuse your own talking points for the truth, don’t start believing that everyone out there in the voting booths are seeing the world the way you do. The GOP has, I think lost sight of this simple wisdom. They’re smoking what they’re dealing. It’s a big part of why those polls numbers look the way they do… and good a reminder of the dysfunction and incompetence that happen when the people in charge only listen to themselves.


Fraud scandal ends GOP registration effort.

Bloomberg News:

The Republican National Committee ended efforts to sign up new voters before the deadline in key states for the presidential race because of questions raised over registration applications tied to the party.

Republican parties in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia — all states that both campaigns view as competitive — fired Glen Allen, Virginia-based Strategic Allied Consulting, the company in charge of registrations, said Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. The national committee also canceled its contract with the company, its only vendor signing up new voters, Kukowski said.

The five states have registration deadlines from Oct. 6 to Oct. 15. Stopping efforts before then could hurt Republican nominee Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat Democratic President Barack Obama, said Lance deHaven-Smith, a Florida State University political science professor in Tallahassee.

“In any swing state that’s going to be significant because these elections are so close,” deHaven-Smith said. “This gives an advantage to Obama.”

For their part, Republicans say this won’t hurt their chances at all, because coincidence is on their side. “It was wrapping up at the same time this happened, so there is no impact,” Kukowski told Bloomberg in an e-mail. That’s almost certainly BS, they’d keep registering voters until the last day they legally could.

It’s nice to see Republican cheating come back to bite them in the ass. They were trying to gain an unfair advantage against Democrats through trickery and fraud. The result: a disadvantage in several swing states in an election projected to be close. You really don’t often see irony and poetic justice this clearly outside of reruns of The Twilight Zone.

No voter fraud but that which the Republicans engaged in.

RNC Shocked That Firm Known For Voter Fraud Was Doing Voter Fraud For It
Rebecca Schoenkopf,

Back in 2004 and 2008, GOP oper­a­tive Nathan Sproul was con­stant­ly being accused of voter reg­is­tra­tion fraud — includ­ing hav­ing his work­ers mis­rep­re­sent them­selves as non­par­ti­san, and then hav­ing them throw away or destroy…

(via bostonreview)

If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get.

An actual thing Clint Eastwood said (via notschrutefacts)


(via inothernews)


Mitt Romney says that for his RNC speech, “you only talk about things you think are important.”

No other presidential candidate has ever failed to mention the troops during a convention in a time of war.


Lots of jobs and fewer snakes.

I love you, Jon Stewart.



When Political Conventions Meet Star Wars

Relevant to our interests. On so many levels.


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.

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Frequency of climate change-related words in the Republican platform (left) and Democratic platform (right).

For a full rundown of how the environment fared in convention talk this week, check out this Climate Desk collaborative feature: 

Obama: Climate Change Not a Hoax, Extreme Weather Not a Joke