Site Selection - Democrats:
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
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
announce the host city in late 2014 or early 2015. Republicans: O
n 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.
communications - From policy speeches to YouTube videos,
potential candidates seek to make their mark.
- RNC 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
changes designed to produce a more compressed 2016 presidential
During the RNC Spring Meeting May 7-9, 2014 in Memphis, TN >
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.
[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
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.
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