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Florida and Michigan Get Out of the Penalty Box

DENVER - The Democratic Party's decision Aug. 25 to lift the sanctions against Florida and Michigan for holding their primaries too early doesn't end the debate whether something should be done to prevent a repeat of states' mad dash to the front of the nominating pecking line.

The Democratic National Committee rules had stripped these two states of their delegates, because they held their presidential primaries sooner than the party had allowed. A DNC panel in May later reinstated the delegates, butgave each delegate only half of a vote. At the behest of the Obama campaign, that penalty was lifted on the eve of the party's presidential convention.

The parties aren't the only ones talking about this year's chaotic rush for early spots on the presidential primary calendar.