Unity Reform Commission will likely dilute power of superdelegates in next election cycle

Sanders and Clinton backers secure superdelegate reform | VTDigger

PHILADELPHIA- In a major victory for Sanders backers, Democrats passed a resolution that will likely dilute the power of superdelegates in the next election cycle. It is the most significant revision of the superdelegate system since its inception in 1984. The amendment, called the “Unity Reform Commission,” was introduced Saturday evening in the DNC Rules Committee meeting.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureauin Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.

Complaint to be heard at DNC credentials meeting

Two men dropped from Vermont delegation to Democratic National Convention | VTDigger

Two men have been dropped from the Vermont delegation to the Democratic National Convention and one male delegate will challenge a Vermont Democratic Party decision to replace them with female delegates. The complaint will be heard at the Democratic convention’s credentials meeting this Sunday.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureauin Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.

Activists say the 2016 Democratic convention will be different

Activists set to monitor Philadelphia police during DNC rallies | VTDigger

PHILADELPHIA – Dozens of activists plan to monitor police activities during Democratic National Convention rallies next week. Recent fatal police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, and the killings of five police officers at a rally in Dallas and then three officers in Baton Rouge, have added tension to a gathering already marked by conflict.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureauin Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.

Hundreds of demonstrators coming to the DNC from Vermont

Vermonters organizing to march at Democratic convention | VTDigger

Bernie Sanders may have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, but some of his followers refuse to back her. They say they will march in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention to promote his progressive platform and protest the party’s superdelegate system. City officials estimate the four-day convention, which starts Monday, will attract 35,000 to 50,000 demonstrators a day.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureauin Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.

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Sanders outlines DNC priorities

Sanders speaks with delegates to energize them after concession | VTDigger

Bernie Sanders outlined priorities for the upcoming Democratic National Convention and beyond during a conference call with his pledged delegates Tuesday, just hours after he endorsed Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “We are still officially a candidate. We haven’t suspended our campaign,” he told the delegates.

Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.

Friends, relatives and strangers helping DNC delegates defray travel costs

Vermont delegates crowdfund their way to Democratic convention | VTDigger

At least nine Vermont delegates are using crowdfunding to offset the costs of attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this month. They are part of a national trend. Delegates are expected to pay their own convention-related expenses.


Liora Engel-Smith is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for VTDigger.org.