On last Friday, the DNC announced the decision of its Rules and Bylaws Committee to meet on May 31 to hear appeals from their previous decisions on Michigan and Florida. They’ll hear appeals on both decisions and the hearings are expected to be lengthy. In the case of Florida, its appeal calls for the Democratic National Committee to take away half of the delegates, not all of them, as previously planned..
If the DNC accepts this argument Clinton would net 19 more delegates than Obama . That’s not enough to close the more than 100 delegate edge that Obama holds. Florida’s appeal also argues that the DNC lacks the authority to exclude the state’s 25 super delegates because its charter says the super delegates shall attend. The date of the meeting allows for the possibility that Obama will have clinched the nomination by then, taking some pressure off. The meeting comes three days before the last primaries which will be held in Montana and South Dakota.
Beth Reinhard, Bradenton Herald, [Miami Herald], P.1C
Jon Ausman, www.ocala.com/article/20080302/news/