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06 April 2010

Dates Set For 2012 Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced Monday that the 46th quadrennial Democratic National Convention would be held the week of September 3, 2012.

My friends at Democratic Convention Watch report that Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix are among the top cities being considered to host the DNC.

I'm supporting Charlotte's bid because it is high time the Democrats came back to the south. Our region continues to grow and after the cenus is completed, the south will increase its numbers both in Congress and the electoral college. The fact is that Democrats cannot afford to ignore the south if they intend to build a lasting majority.

While we're on the subject of the Democratic National Convention, let's talk about delegate selection. Here's how it'll go:

  • The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will adopt the Call to the 2012 Convention and the Delegate Selection Rules (likely in August, 2010);

  • The DNC will then forward those documents to the state Democratic parties for use in crafting their delegate selection plans;

  • The state Democratic committees will adopt their delegate selection plans (likely in the summer or early fall of 2011); and

  • 2012 National Convention delegate selection starts with the first determining step --a primary or caucus-- to allocate district-level and at-large delegates.