Battle over who goes 1st in primary voting in 2012 is oh so predictable

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Matthew N. Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, followed suit, writing:


"The contempt that Florida legislators hold not only for the RNC 2012 rules, but also for the RNC members who approved these rules, is astonishing. To reward this arrogance with our national convention is a great disservice to the Republican activists, donors and elected officials nationwide who support the RNC."


Currently Florida's presidential primary is set for January 31, which is a problem since the Republican National Committee says that there won't be any elections until February.  Florida's Legislative leaders continue to say it's no big deal, but until they actually pass legislation moving that date out of January, they're going to continue to feel the heat.


Politico reports that South Carolina's Floyd is piqued because she thinks that Florida Republicans think they're untouchable because of the fact that Tampa will host the Republican National Convention, so how could they do something punitive like take away the state's delegates, a la the Democratic National Committee and stripping its delegates, which if you'll recall all types of Florida political talking heads said would never happen.


But it did.


But the Dems didn't have a convention in their back pocket.


But the feelings by both Democrats & Republicans in the Sunshine State (as in California) are legitimate.  Why should Iowa and/or New Hampshire, or now South Carolina & Nevada, get to have all the fun and all the power? The answer is electoral reform.  Nelson's idea of rotating regional primaries makes a heckuva lot of sense.  Let say, the Southeast have the power one year.  The West coast another year.  The Northeast four years later.


I get that entrenched interests will probably prevent that from every happening.  But good luck then in avoiding the understandable anger of states like Florida to push back, and for those smaller "chosen" states to follow suit.

Do any of you recall when Florida Senator Bill Nelson in 2008 proposed an election reform package, including abolishing the Electoral College and setting up a rotating series of regional primary elections?  Maybe not, since it got absolutely zero traction and died on the vine.

We bring that up today upon learning of a letter sent out out by the respective chairs of the Republican parties of South Carolina and Iowa, two states that are guaranteed (along with New Hampshire and Nevada now) to have the first primaries/caucuses in the country.  It's been traditional for Iowa to have their caucus follow by New Hampshire having the first primary seemingly since time immemorial.  Before 2008, the respective political parties then, saying they wanted to get regional as well as racial diversity, announced that Nevada and South Carolina would get into that prized status of first in the nation.

In 2008, that led to a mad scramble by many other states that consider themselves to be influential - like Florida - to move up their election date, to be relevant in terms of having an impact on who becomes President (Think about how significant the relatively small state of Iowa has been alone in terms of  the Democratic nominee for President - even though Howard Dean was the early favorite, John Kerry's 'comeback' win there catapulted him to the nomination.  Ditto 2008, when Barack Obama stunned everyone in winning that state, he was the immediate favorite, eclipsing Hillary Clinton's win a week later in New Hampshire).

This was written by Karen Floyd, the chairwoman of the South Carolina Republican Party:

"Simply put, if Florida does not respect the process by which our primary calendar was set, the RNC should not be bound to the process by which the convention site was selected," Floyd wrote. "If Florida refuses to move its primary date into compliance with RNC rules, I am respectfully requesting that the Committee convene a special task force to select a new site for the 2012 Convention outside the state of Florida."

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