The LuLac Edition #487, May 30th, 2008
PETRILLA DOES IT!
Once more much praise has to go to County Commissioner Maryann Petrilla. Petrilla today called for an investigation into the relationship with County Judges, the Juvenile Detention Center and the Powell Law Firm. Saying the investigation was too big for the county government to handle, Petrilla along with an overjoyed Steve Urban made the announcement today. Folks this is huge. Petrilla is letting the investigation into the Judges into another realm all together. It is akin to a government official on the federal level calling for a Special Prosecutor. Today I ran into a liberal, left leaning friend, a Green party activist who disdains everything establishment. We begin to talk about the county continuing mess and out of the blue he says, “With it all, the one good thing is that Petrilla is the real deal”. Indeed!
On Saturday, the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee will meet in our nation's capital to resolve the dispute over Florida and Michigan, the two states stripped of their delegates for defying the party and holding primaries before Feb. 5.
Why the uncertainty? Well, the Rules and Bylaws Committee must weigh at least three competing agendas from three conflicting corners when it meets this weekend at Washington's Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. First up is Hillary Clinton, who, according to aides, wants two things: a) full delegations seated from each state and b) the delegates apportioned according to the precise popular vote--meaning that Clinton would get 73 delegates from Michigan and Obama, whose name wasn't on the ballot, would get (drumroll, please) zero. Outside, she'll have Reps. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Corrine Brown leading the chorus of "count every vote"--except, of course, Obama's.
Understandably, the Obama camp isn't biting. Their stance? Let's meet halfway: punish these scofflaw states (somehow) for breaking the rules, give Clinton whatever she wants in Florida and split Michigan 50-50. "We don't think it's fair to seat them fully because we both lived by these rules and pledged to abide by them," campaign manager David Plouffe has said. "We're willing to give some delegates here, which I don't think should be sneezed at."
The final player: the Rules Committee itself--which, in the end, is the only player that matters. Charged with maintaining law and order, the RBC is unlikely to let Florida and Michigan off the hook--a decision that would set a bad precedent for other states hoping to leapfrog ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire on the primary calendar. Accordingly, RBC members "have expressed little interest in the option of seating all the delegates" and instead seem inclined to follow the advice of lawyers who say that the appropriate legal resolution--"as far as it legally can go"--would be either a) to allow half the number of delegates from each state into the convention, or b) to let the full delegations attend with half a vote each. And they're definitely going to give Obama a few delegates from the Great Lakes State. However, do not be surprised if this goes to the Credentials Committee at the Convention in Denver.
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