Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Missouri Primary - What Happened?

From The Source
January 3, 2012

Primarily Wasteful

With primary season officially beginning tonight with the Iowa Caucuses it’s important to have an understanding of just how badly Missouri screwed the pooch when it comes to our primary decision.
As you are likely aware, the primary in Missouri was scheduled too early. So early, in fact, that the delegates would be meaningless come time for the convention.
This is why Missouri has opted instead for a caucus, after the imposed start date, to avoid the stripping of delegates that would have occurred otherwise.
But what happens to that primary?
In true bureaucratic fashion it will go ahead exactly as planned, despite having absolutely no relevance or standing whatsoever, because the state law requires a “primary” regardless of where the delegates are decided.
So how much will the bill for this primarily non-primary primary run?
[I]t appears that voters’ choices in a primary that will cost taxpayers $8 million will have little relevance.
Couldn’t something have been done about this giant mess?
  
During the regular session in 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation (Senate Bill 282) that called for moving the date of the presidential primary to March to comply with the rules of the national Republican and Democratic parties.
Gov. Jay Nixon said he supported that change. But, the bill also contained provisions that would have eliminated write-in candidates in many municipal elections and would have imposed costs for taxpayers to hold special elections. Because of those additional provisions, Nixon vetoed the bill. So, the primary remains scheduled for Feb. 7.

And so Nixon flushed $8 million down the drain with the stroke of a pen.
This primary means nothing. Absolutely nothing. But because the state mandates a primary we have a primary, with no concern for the inevitable allocation of delegates at the convention.
So on February 7, 2012, you will actually be able to witness – statewide – how the government wastes your money.
It’s an $8 million exercise in red tape.
What a waste.
- B.H.

So what happens now?

From Chron.com:

Missouri Republicans decided Thursday to use caucuses to choose presidential candidates, bailing out of a planned February primary that had threatened to cause confusion for the 2012 election calendar.

The Missouri Republican State Committee voted unanimously to switch to a caucus process in an attempt to avoid losing half its 52 delegates to the national convention and triggering a chain-reaction of states moving up their presidential contests. The March 17 county caucuses will be open to any Republican who is registered to vote in that county.

At the county caucuses, Republicans will select delegates to attend the state's congressional district conventions on April 21 and a state convention June 2. At those conventions, delegates will be selected to attend the party's national convention. Those delegates will be bound to support a particular presidential candidate. The state Republican Party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman also are delegates to the national convention.
"The Missouri Republican Party is committed to ensuring that the governor's veto of the elections bill and the General Assembly's failure to move our presidential primary will not disrupt the national nominating process," state GOP Chairman David Cole said. "A caucus will continue to protect the rights of Missourians to select the Republican nominee for president."
-Chris Blank, Associated Press

We are putting together information on Missouri's county caucus process and how you can get involved.


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