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DNC Primary Reform

This is a key issue for the party, and to me reform here is clearly needed. I'm educating myself on the different proposals and will put up what info I can find. Here is an overview of the issue:

"A commission set up by the Democratic National Committee to study the primary system met in Chicago to discuss whether New Hampshire should continue to be the site of the first primary. A trio of Democrats from Michigan led the attack on the New Hampshire primary, saying the state has a stranglehold on the process and forces candidates to sign the New Hampshire pledge to keep the first primary in the state.

The Michigan critics said that they want a new system that starts with smaller states and then crescendos to a big finish in big states, with New Hampshire not playing any significant role.
"Retail politics does not justify the monopoly by Iowa and New Hampshire," said Tina Abbott, vice chairwoman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Michigan Democratic Party member Debbie Dingell said that New Hampshire's priorities don't reflect the rest of the country.

"Their issues are not ours, like the issue of manufacturing and urban issues," Dingell said.

A separate group pitched a separate reform that would divide the nation into four regions with a rotating primary, but New Hampshire and Iowa would stay first.
"The reasoning is tradition, " said Leslie Reynolds, of the National Association of Secretaries of State. "They do it well, and we should improve the process without being too radical."
Two New Hampshire members are on the committee, including former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. Commission leaders said that their key goal is to get a strong Democrat nominated for president.
The DNC will make a final decision on the primary system by February 2006. Any change will affect the 2008 primary schedule."
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