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In case you had plans Dec. 5, cancel 'em: That's the date U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle has set for the first hearing in the case of the jilted Democrats, the lawsuit that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings have filed against the DNC and Howard Dean for denying Florida's delegates to the national convention.

The Democratic National Committee punished Florida after the state moved its presidential primary to Jan. 29, a week earlier than DNC rules allow. Hastings and Nelson argued that not counting Florida's primary vote illegally disenfranches 4.2-million Florida Democrats. The DNC says it can do what it wants.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:25am]


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