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  •  I believe the penalty is for (1+ / 0-)
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    going against a party rule. The Dems did this too in '08 (some states held primaries earlier than the party "window").  The bonus?  Who knows?

    ...To organise and teach, no doubt/ Is very good it's true/ But still we can't succeed without/ That good old wooden shoe. - Joe Hill

    by brae70 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 09:34:02 AM PST

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    •  But We (OR) Don't Gots No Penalty! (3+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, concernedamerican, RUKind

      And get this! South Dakota* (which I understand is someplace far to the east of me right now in the vast plains of middle America somewhere) get 4.75 delegates per resident to our 1!

      I tell ya', Republicans simply don't understand a popular democracy.

      * Population 810k vs. 3.8 million for Oregon...just b/c we're a blue state?

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 09:47:50 AM PST

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      •  I think you got it Terry. (3+ / 0-)
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        ER Doc, concernedamerican, RUKind

        The formula is skewed in favor of the red states and against the blue states, which of course pulls them further right and makes it harder to win the blue states.  

        My own Massachusetts gets the 1 bonus vote, I guess, for electing Scott Brown.

        BTW, the Dems did something like this in the 60's to penalize the segregationist south by awarding more bonus votes to NY, MA etc.  Determine the result you want first, then figure out a formula that will reach it.

        ...To organise and teach, no doubt/ Is very good it's true/ But still we can't succeed without/ That good old wooden shoe. - Joe Hill

        by brae70 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 10:06:51 AM PST

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      •  It's a Left Coast thing (0+ / 0-)

        Blame it on the late Ken Kesey.

        "He not busy being born is busy dying." R. Zimmerman

        by RUKind on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 06:23:42 PM PST

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