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Keep an Eye On  
- 2016 Convention Site Selection - Democrats: The DNC is in the midst of its site selection process, which started when it sent out letters on Feb. 7, 2014.  Six cities submitted bids by the deadline of June 6, 2014 at 5 p.m.: Birmingham, AL, Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, and New York (Brooklyn), NY.  The cities made their pitches to the DNC Technical Advisory Committee on June 21.  On July 18, following its selection to host the Republicans, Cleveland withdrew its bid.  The Technical Advisory Committee is visiting the five remaining cities between July 21 and Sept. 11.  DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to announce the host city in late 2014 or early 2015.  Republicans: On August 8, concluding a process which began in late 2013, the full RNC formally voted to approve Cleveland as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The convention will be held beginning June 28 or July 18, 2016, considerably earlier than in recent cycles.

- Pre-campaign communications - From policy speeches to YouTube videos, potential candidates seek to make their mark.

- RNC Rules [PDF] - This is a rather an arcane area, but RNC rules changes are shaping a 2016 Republican nominating process that will be very different from 2012.  In past cycles, the rules of the RNC for the next four years were set at the Republican National Convention.  At the 2012 Convention in Tampa, the RNC adopted Rule 12, which allows for some of the rules to be amended through Sept. 30, 2014.  RNC chairman Reince Priebus envisages holding the 2016 convention in late June or mid-July, to avoid the "slicing and dicing" that occurred in the 2012 primary campaign.  During the RNC Winter Meeting Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Washington, DC, the party adopted "historic" rules changes designed to produce a more compressed 2016 presidential primary schedule.  During the RNC Spring Meeting May 7-9, 2014 in Memphis, TN >, the party approved formation of a Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates which will sanction primary debates; members of the committee were selected at the Summer Meeting Aug. 2014 in Chicago.

- Convention Funding - As a result of H.R. 2019: Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act [House passed Dec. 11, 2013, Senate passed March 11, 2014, became law on April 3, 2014], the national party committees will no longer receive federal grants to help them put on their national nominating conventions.  On Aug. 15, 2014, the DNC and the RNC filed a joint Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) with the Federal Election Commission seeking guidance on how they can raise Federal funds for their 2016 nominating conventions.
H.R. 2019 -"Amends the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the entitlement of any major or minor political party to a payment from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for a presidential nominating convention. Transfers amounts in each account maintained for such purpose for the national committee of a party to a 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund, making them available only for allocation to national research institutes and national centers through the Common Fund for making grants for pediatric research under this Act.

- Annenberg Working Group on Presidential General Election Debates (reported by Politico's Mike Allen on Nov. 27, 2013).
  Also note new members of the board of directors at the Commission on Presidential Debates.

- National Popular Vote continues to make slow progress as New York Gov. Cuomo signs legislation.


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