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  • Pelosi pans superdelegate system

    03/03/2016 4:55:30 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/3/2016 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday amplified her criticism of the Democrats' presidential primary system, saying the states' pledged delegates — and not the superdelegates — should decide the winner. "I'm not a believer in the sway of superdelegates deciding who is going to be the nominee," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think we have a democratic process where people vote on both sides of the aisle … and that that should determine who the nominee is." Pelosi made waves by making similar comments amid the 2008 primary contest between then-Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary...
  • Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices... force end to Clinton bid

    06/04/2008 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Old Phone Man · 29 replies · 104+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday -- and thus end the now hopeless, onetime front-running campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination victory to Barack Obama, who's gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party's nomination. Howard Dean, right, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices,

    06/04/2008 5:18:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 48 replies · 45+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination's victory to Barack Obama, who's gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party's nomination. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Assn., issued the brief...
  • Pelosi firm on not allowing superdelegates to tip race

    03/27/2008 3:48:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies · 878+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/27/08 | Mike Soraghan
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has reaffirmed her position that superdelegates should not “overturn the will of the voters” in the face of criticism from top donors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). “The Speaker believes it would do great harm to the Democratic Party if superdelegates are perceived to overturn the will of the voters,” Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said in a statement late Wednesday. “This has been her position throughout this primary season, regardless of who was ahead at any particular point in delegates or votes.” In a letter first reported Wednesday on, 20 top Hillary fundraisers...
  • Clinton backers warn Pelosi on superdelegate rift

    03/26/2008 10:26:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,022+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:22pm EDT | John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
    By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of prominent Hillary Clinton donors sent a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asking her to retract her comments on superdelegates and stay out of the Democratic fight over their role in the presidential race. The 20 prominent Clinton supporters told Pelosi she should "clarify" recent statements to make it clear superdelegates -- nearly 800 party insiders and elected officials who are free to back any candidate -- could support the candidate they think would be the best nominee. Pelosi has not publicly endorsed either Clinton...
  • Clinton Donors Object to Pelosi Comment (On Drudge)

    03/26/2008 3:29:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies · 1,383+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/26/8 | NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
    Twenty top Democratic donors who are supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for saying superdelegates should support the presidential candidate with the most pledged delegates. No matter what the outcome of the 10 remaining contests, it will be nearly impossible for Clinton to overcome rival Barack Obama's lead in pledged delegates, because they are awarded proportionally based on the outcome. So it will be up to the nearly 800 superdelegates — party activists and elected officials who aren't bound by any vote — to put one of the two candidates over the mark of 2,024 delegates needed...
  • Pelosi's stance on Democratic convention delegates boosts Obama

    03/17/2008 3:40:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 265+ views
    KVOA News ^ | 3/15/2008
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking a stand on Democratic Party superdelegates that effectively gives a boost to Barack Obama. Without mentioning Obama or Hillary Clinton by name, Pelosi says it would be damaging to the party for its leaders to buck the will of convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses. Pelosi's remarks seem to suggest she's prepared to cast her ballot at the Democratic convention in favor of the candidate who emerges from the primary season with the most pledged delegates. Barring a string of landslide victories by the former first lady in the remaining...
  • Pelosi's Delegate Stance Boosts Obama

    03/15/2008 1:03:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 539+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2008 6:08 PM | Teddy Davis
    ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Friday that it would be "harmful" to Democrats if superdelegates were to give the party's presidential nomination to a candidate who is trailing in the delegates awarded in primaries and caucuses. "If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what's happened in the elections," said Pelosi, "it would be harmful to the Democratic Party." Although Pelosi offered her assessment without directly referencing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., her comments lend considerable support to the Illinois Democrat. Obama leads Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in pledged delegates: 1,396 to...
  • Clinton’s superdelegates rejecting pleas to switch [rejecting Pelosi’s plea that lawmakers not..]

    02/26/2008 5:44:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 291+ views
    Clinton’s superdelegates rejecting pleas to switch By Alexander Bolton Posted: 02/26/08 08:08 PM [ET] House Democrats supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are rejecting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (Calif.) plea that lawmakers not overrule voters should they be in a position to decide who will be the Democratic presidential nominee. Acrimony gathering inside the party has spurred some Democrats to begin discussing reforming the nominating process and perhaps getting rid of superdelegates altogether. Many Clinton backers representing districts that voted for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) say they are not likely to change their mind should the contest come down to the...
  • Pelosi: Don't overrule the voters

    02/15/2008 3:03:31 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 14 replies · 195+ views ^ | Feb. 15, 2008
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- who may be the most super delegate of all as chair of the Democratic national convention in Denver -- gave an interview with Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt in which she laid down the law for super delegates: Don't veto the people's choice. "I think there is a concern when the public speaks and there is a counter-decision made to that," she said, adding quickly, "I don't think that will happen." She said the governors, lawmakers, DNC members and others picked as super delegates are chosen through a grassroots process and are accountable to the party's...
  • Hardball: 'Kamikaze' Hillary Ready to Wreck the Party

    03/27/2008 3:40:44 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 144 replies · 3,362+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    After me, the deluge" (après moi, le déluge) -- popularly attributed to Louis XV Look for Chris Matthews to start calling her "Louie." The Hardball host was as roiled as Robespierre today at Hillary Clinton's threat to take the Dem party down in a convention credentials fight over the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegates. In the course of an interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News yesterday, Clinton made clear her intention to take things to a floor fight if necessary, and went so far as to pre-emptively undermine Barack Obama's legitimacy as a candidate if he...
  • Gay superdelegates may hold key in Dem prez race

    02/21/2008 4:46:12 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 51 replies · 225+ views
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | 2/21/08 | Lisa Keen
    At a time when momentum and political pundits seem to favor Barack Obama winning the Democratic presidential nomination, other indicators suggest the LGBT community's support is still largely behind Hillary Clinton, except in Texas. And Texas is one of three large primary states remaining that pundits say Clinton must win in order to stay even with Obama in the contest to secure enough delegates to win the nomination. The latest poll in Texas, conducted by CNN February 15-17 among 529 likely primary voters, found Clinton just two points ahead of Obama. A poll just a few days earlier, by the...
  • Arkansas' Superdelegates Look Ahead To Democratic Convention

    02/20/2008 5:43:45 PM PST · by mdittmar · 2 replies · 182+ views
    The Morning News ^ | February 19, 2008 | John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK - Don Beavers of North Little Rock has been asked a lot of questions lately by curious friends and acquaintances. "They ask me, 'How are you a superdelegate?' and 'What is a superdelegate?' They just don't know about the process," Beavers said. He and the nearly 800 other so-called super delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention are receiving unprecedented attention this year. Beavers has been a superdelegate since 2000, but he said he has never seen so much interest in what he prefers to call "automatic" delegates. "Those active in the party were aware of them, but...
  • Democrats fear brokered convention

    03/09/2008 11:11:38 AM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies · 1,399+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 03/09/2008 | Chuck Plunkett
    A prolonged race may inspire voter hoopla but could floor the party's chances once a nominee is finally selected.What if the coronation that is the 2008 Democratic National Convention turns cutthroat? Could a presidential primary race so energizing that it has brought record numbers of voters to the polls and will result in the nomination of a historic candidate end in disillusionment, anger and feelings of betrayal? Top Democrats are beginning to resign themselves to the chance the party won't know who will win the presidential nomination until after delegates take the floor of the Pepsi Center in August. That...
  • NJ super delegates become more important(Looks like delegates may bolt from Hillary)

    02/09/2008 6:47:21 AM PST · by mware · 18 replies · 352+ views
    ACTION News 6abc,com ^ | Wednesday, February 06, 2008 | 8:45 PM | AP
    Presidential candidates may seek our votes, but they really want our delegates. And, they covet our superdelegates. Delegates and superdelegates are appointed party representatives who cast votes at each party's convention to select the nominees for president. For Democrats, there are 2,025 delegates; Republicans have 1,191 delegates. Most delegates are beholden by party rules to pledge their support to a certain candidate based on the popular vote, but some superdelegates are free to vote for whomever they choose - making them prized in an election year where both parties' contests have been so close. Super Tuesday victories so far have...
  • Super delegates may sink the Democrats

    01/19/2008 3:37:15 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 35 replies · 240+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2008 | Joshua Spivak
    -- snip --The elected delegates, though virtually unknown, are at least selected by the voters and pledged to the candidate those voters chose. Most of the super delegates aren't chosen by the general populace, and they are not bound by the votes in their respective states. If they end up making the difference in the nomination -- especially if the winner came into the convention in second place -- there is a strong possibility of disenchanting a good portion of the party's base, potentially costing the party the election...
  • The Tragedy of the Democratic Party

    03/07/2008 9:20:23 AM PST · by Signalman · 17 replies · 137+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 7, 2008 | Thomas Lifson, Richard Baehr
    Super delegates will determine the next nominee of the Democrats, and a happy ending for the Party looks unlikely. Mathematically, the Democratic Party is nearly locked in to Barack Obama entering the convention with a significant delegate lead. Taking the nomination away from him via the super delegate mechanism would alienate the Party's African-American base and potentially turn off a swath of the younger generation enthusiasts for Obama's multi-cultural charisma. Yet there are signs that the Obama bubble may be bursting, his support peaking, while serious press scrutiny is beginning to fire buyer's remorse in certain quarters. The potentially seriously...
  • The Tyranny of Super-Delegates (will Super Delegates save Hillary?)

    01/05/2008 11:24:42 AM PST · by doug from upland · 108 replies · 1,265+ views
    nation ^ | jan 2007 | the always entertaining moonbat Katrina vanden Heuvel
    The Tyranny of Super-Delegates Barack Obama's stirring victory in Iowa was also a good night for our democracy. The turnout broke records and young people – who were mobilized and organized – participated in unprecedented numbers. And now that Iowans have spoken – the first citizens in the nation to do so – here's the Democratic delegate count for the top three candidates (2,025 delegates are needed to secure the nomination): Clinton – 169 Obama – 66 Edwards – 47 "Huh?" you say. "vanden Heuvel, you made a MAJOR typo." In fact, those numbers are correct: the third-place finishing Sen....
  • AP Exclusive: Middleman helped Saudi give to Obama inaugural

    10/29/2019 1:24:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 29, 2019 | Alan Sudermn and Jim Mustian, The Associated Press
    When President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, a Saudi tycoon and his business associate sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. to help pay for the inaugural celebration and get a picture with the president, according to court documents and an analysis of campaign finance records by The Associated Press. U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from making those sorts of political contributions. But the donations Sheikh Mohammed Al Rahbani tried to send to Obama's inaugural committee were funneled through a seasoned straw donor, the records and the AP analysis show. That intermediary, Imaad Zuberi, agreed this...
  • Poll: Californians' Biggest Concern Is Illegals

    09/09/2005 10:34:08 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 93 replies · 2,096+ views ^ | Sept. 9, 2005
    The overwhelming majority of California voters are concerned about illegal immigration – and nearly half say the state should declare an emergency along its border with Mexico, a new poll reveals. The survey by Field Poll found that 49 percent of registered voters are "extremely” concerned about illegal immigration, and another 32 percent say they are "somewhat” concerned. The poll also found that 44 percent of voters think that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should declare a border emergency. Among Republicans, 62 percent favor the move, while 35 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Latino voters support the declaration. Arizona and...