FairVote recently released the report, "Outside Looking In: How Shutting Washington DC out of the Presidential Primary Process Hurts Black and Urban America." The report details how the potential DNC move would be of major importance not just for Washington, but for black and urban voters across the country. Those two demographics are among the Democrats' most loyal constituencies, and moving them to the forefront of the nomination process would almost certainly change the political landscape for 2008 and beyond.
The DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee made the decision last month to establish one new primary and one new caucus in the early primary window traditionally dominated by New Hampshire and Iowa, and will make their final decision on July 23. Several states and the District have applied for the two new slots.
Read the report, Outside Looking In here.
Read FairVote's recent Washington Post commentary here.
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