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Monday, August 30, 2004
Most Bizarre: CA to Shift Primary to June

By Steven Taylor @ 6:33 am

California Moves to Reschedule Its Primary From March to June:

The state that helped push the presidential primary season into a fast-forward frenzy more than a decade ago is now abruptly shifting it into reverse.

A bill that would move the California presidential primary to June from March beginning in 2008 breezed through the State Legislature this week with bipartisan support. Though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has not taken a public position on the proposed change, a senior aide said he was not expected to stand in its way.

And this assessment is correct:

The move would amount to unconditional surrender by the country’s most delegate-rich state in the contest to influence the presidential nomination process. While other states - including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama and Louisiana - continue to contemplate ways to get ahead of the pack, California would take a unilateral step back.

Indeed, for save the most dramatic of years (which may only exist in theory), CA wouldn’t matter one whit in the selection process if this move becomes law.

The article is full of quotes from baffled professors, who, like myself, see this as a terrible move for the state.

The cited reason by one of the authors of the bill cite low turnout as the reason. But if they want minuscule trun-out, going to June is the way to produce it. Just look at any June-primary state.

The real reason appears to be the convenience of local politicians: June means more time to raise money to decide whether or not to run.

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  1. Half-a-million people marched against the Bush administration’s policies in the streets of New York City on August 29:

    “A roaring two-mile river of demonstrators surged through the canyons of Manhattan yesterday in the city’s largest political protest in decades, a raucous but peaceful spectacle that pilloried George W. Bush and demanded regime change in Washington.

    On a sweltering August Sunday, the huge throng of protesters marched past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican National Convention opening today, and denounced President Bush as a misfit who had plunged America into war and runaway debt, undermined civil and constitutional rights, lied to the people, despoiled the environment and used the presidency to benefit corporations and millionaires.

    The protest organizer, United for Peace and Justice, estimated the crowd at 500,000, rivaling a 1982 antinuclear rally in Central Park, and double the number it had predicted. … one officer in touch with the police command center at Madison Square Garden agreed that the crowd appeared to be close to a half-million.

    The organizers said they were also pleased by the size and diversity of the turnout. The faces appeared to be a cross-section of the American experience. There were individuals, families and groups from many states and across the region and the city. There were young people and older citizens, families with small children, students and representatives of the middle and working classes and many organizations, including advocates of gay and women’s rights, antiwar groups, immigrants, veterans, artists, professionals, religious organizations and proponents of education, health and other causes.

    For many participants, there was also pride, and a kind of amazement, in being part of an event so large and diverse, and yet so pacific. …”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/30/politics/campaign/30protest.html

    Photos from the NYC half-million people march against the Bush administration’s policies, August 29 2004: http://nyc.indymedia.org/feature/display/106765/index.php

    Comment by winston — Monday, August 30, 2004 @ 6:51 am

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