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Idaho Progressives fighting for delegate to National
I spoke this morning with Matt Ganz, a Kucinich delegate from Valley County and a member of the Idaho Progressive Platform, a group made up of Kucinich/Dean/Uncommitted delegates. The IPP met earlier today with the By-laws and Rules committee to request that their delegates be allowed to merge together, in order to garner 15% total state support and allow them to send one national delegate to Boston.
At yesterday’s initial meeting they were told that only delegates for Kerry and Edwards would be sent to the Democratic National Convention. The By-laws and Rules committee were reminded that, at eight other Democratic state conventions, delegates from different candidates had been allowed to merge. They were also reminded that Kerry and Edwards delegates had also been allowed to switch their candidate selections in order to increase the diversity of the discussion at the national convention.
The By-laws committee is meeting this morning on other issues, and this issue as well. They’ll be making their decision and will give their answer by the opening of the convention this afternoon.
UPDATE: The By-laws & Rules committee hath spoken — and the answer is no.
I'm sure the committee has their reasons, but I think they should re-consider — a large section of the progressives group is new, active and young democrats. I'd like to see the higher-ups in the party find a way to compromise and encourage this segment of our party.