An emotional roller coaster ride for Sanders delegates from Vermont

Vermont Sanders delegates reluctantly accept Clinton | VTDigger

The four-day Democratic National Convention, which focused on party unity, did not completely succeed in bringing Vermont’s delegates into the fold. Many still cling to Bernie Sanders’ revolution and remain reluctant to vote for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Jo Sabel Courtney, a first-time pledged delegate from Stowe, said the convention has been “an emotional journey.”

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

Small states join together to get attention at DNC

Small states like Idaho band together at national convention

After attending the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Bert Marley knew he wanted the 2016 convention to be different. In L.A., Idaho delegates stayed at a hotel in a Beverly Hills neighborhood while the convention and most other delegates were downtown. Worst of all, he said, Idaho’s delegation was on the outskirts alone.

Jennifer Kerrigan is reporting from the Temple DNC News Bureau in Philadelphia for the Idaho Statesman.

Vermonters march from city hall to Wells Fargo Center in support of Sanders and Stein

Vermonters protest with thousands at Democratic National Convention | VTDigger

by Liora Engel-Smith PHILADELPHIA – Hundreds of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein supporters marched two miles from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening under the watchful gaze of dozens of police officers. The march was organized by the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign, a Philadelphia-based organization that fights for social justice.

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

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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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.