The Houston Chronical has a guide to Texas' electoral two-step.
The caucus — officially dubbed a "precinct convention" — begins at 7:15 p.m. or when the polls close, whichever is later.[Posted by Amy]
Caucus-goers arrive and put their names and presidential preference on the "sign-in sheet." Ideally, they should show proof of having voted in the Democratic primary, but it is not absolutely necessary, according to the Harris County Democratic Party.
The group first elects a chair and secretary. Those two then take a count, noting the total number of people and how many are for Obama or Clinton. Delegates then are distributed proportionally.
For example, say 100 people show up at a given precinct on Tuesday night. If 75 of them support Clinton, and 25 support Obama, then she gets 75 percent of the delegates and he gets 25 percent. If the precinct has 20 delegates to allot, Clinton gets 15, Obama 5.
NBC's Lisa Myers and Jim Popkin report that Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show. The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates, or IPA, of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including "sexual assaults," "degrading anti-female language" and "obscene suggestions." Sen. Clinton's spokesman, Howard Wolfson, told NBC News in a statement that the senator decided to keep the funds because the lawsuit is "ongoing" and because none of the sexual harassment allegations has been proven in court." It is so hypocritical that she will not Reject and Denounce. This is the usual Camp Clinton Hypocrisy Spin.
Hillary Clinton has no Credibility on national security since she cast her Yes vote to authorize war in Iraq. There where other Senators who voted NO! They knew to vote yes was to automatically Invade a Country that had nothing to do with 911, but all about OIL. That is not Judgment and it is the wrong kind of Experience. And what National Security Experience Does She Really Have? Will she run the country like she has run her Campaign?
Some say, who know the Clintons, that she and Bill have the agenda to get Bill a THIRD Presidency, that should not be allowed. It was Bill, after all, who spoke first after their loss in South Carolina!
Obama's record is not that thin, unknown, perhaps. He has had over 20 years if one would investigate. And the Clintons have had years of Scandal, that one should investigate. How many presidental families Plunder the Whitehouse after they leave taking pictures and furniture? Not to mention the scandal of Impeachment. And then there is "file gate" and so much much oore. There is a lawsuit pending because there are records of the Clintons not to be released until 2012 and some want them released. Has she released her Tax Returns, No? America we need to turn the page from this kind of Politicking.
20-20 hindsight is the great especially when you didn't have to vote on Iraq. After that Obama's vote to fund the war was the same as Hillary's in order to support the troops. We took a chance on inexperience with George W. Bush who could not name foreign leaders. We liked the guy and wanted to have a beer with him. Look at where we are. Let's not do this again.
These don't have much to do with the caucus process. Please try to keep comments on topic. Thank you!
It's good to see the Obama spammers and right-wingers are on the same page as bedfellows against Hillary though on the wrong page for comments. The subject is Tuesday's caucus and you can find your polling and caucus location at:
Obama doesn't want you to think .. just hope
Obama is smart and he speaks well. He simply needs to prove himself with legislative service, then he would deserve serious consideration for President. But certainly not now, not with his thin resume, positions which seem like marketing strategies, and an unvetted past which may prove he's "politics as usual."
Please THINK before you vote .. don't just HOPE Obama will be the one.
That “inconvenient memo”
"I could see why Obama wanted to wrap it up. On the day before crucial votes in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont that could make him the Democratic presidential nominee, Obama, for the first time in his campaign, was facing two potential landmines. … (Also read Sweet’s account of efforts to nail Obama down on his long relationship with Tony Rezko, now on trial in Chicago’s federal court for bilking taxpayers and pension funds out of millions.)"
Local news on Obama's "slumlord" ally.
11 buildings in Chicago State Senator Obama's district are now boarded up
rezko received money to rehab these buildings
Barack Obama: There Will Be Bamboozling
"A short story of the real Barack'
Support Hillary! Obama has NO experience and is a muslim in hiding. If Obama wins, as a long time Democrate, I will switch parties and vote for John McCane. I am not the only one who feels this way. There are lots of Hillary supporters who will vote for McCane if she loses. Anyone is better than that black Obama!
Although I did not receive your endorsement, I want to thank you for your courtesy and consideration of my candidacy. I have tremendous respect for your organization and would have been honored to have received your endorsement.
Sincerely, Marc Isenberg
Candidate for 80th District Court
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