Next Up, The WA Caucus AND Primary
Guess it isn’t over until it is over, at least for the Democratic Party. WA State has Caucuses on Saturday, and a primary vote on Tuesday (you have to sign a statement saying you are only doing one, and not for the other party. Clarification, you can caucus and vote in the Primary, so long as they are the same Party, you can’t Caucus Democratic and vote in the Republican Primary, and the Minor Parties are not in the Primary). So the candidates swarm the next location.
Here are details as of tonight on planned visits by presidential candidates:
Hillary Clinton: Rally, 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Pier 30, 2431 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle.
Barack Obama: Rally, 11 a.m. Friday, Seattle’s KeyArena.
Mike Huckabee: Rally hosted by his wife, Janet, noon on Friday, Health Sciences Building at Northwest University, 5520 108th Ave. N.E., Kirkland.
Barack Obama: Rally hosted by his wife, Michelle, in Spokane on Friday. No further details were available.
Hilllary Clinton: Campaign organizers were searching for a venue in Tacoma for a rally on Friday.
Hmm, except for the possible Clinton visit to Tacoma, Seattle, Seattle, Seattle. There are rumors of a Spokane visits by all. Seattle is home of egregious voter
fraud systemic irregularities leading to many questionable votes being counted in 2004 (King County). Dean Logan, former Elections Director in King County, is now being taken to task in his new job in Los Angeles for significant issues in CA’s Super Tuesday voting (NB: Dean Logan is a hated figure in WA Republican politics, viewed by some as incompetent – that LA hired him is considered amazing by some – see current Drudge links). Meanwhile, the candidates descend on the next State
As the candidates digested the results of the Super Tuesday nominating contests, they began focusing Wednesday on what’s next, and their biggest immediate target, especially for the Democrats, is this state’s precinct caucuses Saturday.
After largely ignoring Washington state in recent months except to raise money, several campaigns — including those of both Democratic contenders — have hastily scheduled appearances here for the candidates and/or their aspiring First Spouses.
They also have begun shifting campaign staffers from Super Tuesday states to Washington, which has the West’s second-highest number of nominating-convention delegates.
But remember, delegates are decided by state parties, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In Washington State:
The Republicans allocate about half of their delegates in the caucuses and half in the state’s Feb. 19 presidential primary. The Democrats, though, choose 80 of their 97 delegates through a process that begins with the caucuses, forcing their candidates into a frantic scramble to get to Washington before this weekend.
There you have it — the Parties decide how to allocate their representatives. As I think it should be. And I think that every serving Congressman and Senator should be delegates to their parties’ conventions. Plus state party officials. Too much focus now is on just the Presidential Candidate, when the Party Platform is just as important, and ignored for now.
On the Democratic side, I’d say Senator Obama has Washington (this is a Kucinich/Obama state, at least on the wet side)
UPDATE: I clarified a few items as noted. Voter fraud does not have to be a criminal conspiracy. It can be a broken system. To quote the WA Voters’ Pamphlet “the 2004 General Election revealed a number of flaws in Washington’s election system.” Most of the significant issues have since been resolved (you will always have some issues), but it took a close election to give the impetus to remove “more than 370,000 duplicate and illegal records from Washington’s voter registration rolls.”