Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Arizona Primary February 28

Arizona Primary February 28

Use pencil instead of ink on that calendar, Iowans, it's time to start moving caucus dates.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has settled on February 28 for that state's rule-breaking primary. Both parties agreed to a calendar that had only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina before March 6, with South Carolina currently scheduled for the same say as AridZone.

But if Arizona was going to cheat, this is actually good news because they're not cheating a lot. At one point they were talking about January 31, which would have put the caucuses on January 2 or even into 2011.

The next expected move comes from Florida, who "wants to be fifth." To reiterate a prior post, if no more dominoes fall. this probably means a calendar that looks like:
Feb. 1 or 3 Iowa
Feb. 7 New Hampshire
Feb. 18 Nevada
Feb. 21 South Carolina
Feb. 23 or 25 Florida
Feb. 28 Arizona
With the GOP in full control of state government, it's completely a Republican decision. But one can hope that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at least weighs in on the side of her home state following the rules, if only to make up for her support of Florida's rule-breaking last time.

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