Wednesday, August 22, 2007
State presidential primary to be moved up to Feb. 5, governor's aides confirm
By Matthew Benson
Scheduling of the primary is left to the governor, and Napolitano's proclamation moves the election up three weeks from its traditional date on the last Tuesday in February. In 2004, she moved the presidential primary to Feb. 3.
As reported last week by The Arizona Republic, Feb. 5 had been considered the likeliest date for
The governor believes Feb. 5 gives
No date was without drawbacks in this front-loaded primary season, with states leapfrogging each other to get earlier dates. Had
A date later than Feb. 5 carried heavy risks as well, with the likelihood that the two major-party nominees would be all but decided by then.
Nearly half the nation's Republican and Democratic delegates will have been assigned by Feb. 6.
COMMENT: February 5th is far superior to three weeks later but not too much better. The big prizes on Super-Duper Tuesday remain
Monday, August 20, 2007
COMMENTARY: Arizona is outside looking in -- Napolitano has power to move state’s primary date forward
By Farrell Quinlan
The ground under the 2008 presidential primary and caucus calendar continued to shift last week as South Carolina Republicans moved forward the date of their presidential primary to
The action also highlights a limited window of opportunity Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has to push issues important to the West to the top of the national agenda for both parties. The clock is literally ticking on her power to move the
But I’m getting ahead of myself. How did we get to this place?
Interlocking and sometimes contradictory state laws require
In the aftermath of
Someone wake up Fred Thompson already.
This jockeying among the states didn’t start with
To forestall further marginalization, a series of large states then moved their presidential selection contests to Feb. 5. This “Super-Duper Tuesday” or “Tsunami Tuesday” features primaries or caucuses in at least 20 states, including delegate-rich states like California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.
Right now, we’re on the outside looking in. Our primary is scheduled for Feb. 26, three weeks after “Super-Duper Tuesday” and after more than 30 states will have voted.
However, with a simple stroke of Gov. Napolitano’s pen, that can and should be changed.
Gov. Napolitano has until
Without her intervention,
By waiting until the end of February to hold the
Governor Napolitano should exercise her power to change
Farrell Quinlan is president of In the Arena Public Affairs, a Phoenix-based government affairs and political consulting firm. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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