When he’s not number crunching at his day job in the finance industry, Greg Stewart dedicates his life to politics, playing a key part in helping this year’s delegates get to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Though he is not a delegate this time around, this will be the Centre County Democratic Committee chairman’s third convention.
There is nothing like a good theme for a party. With the Democratic Party’s Pennsylvania delegation, that theme was clear in the first meeting Monday at the DoubleTree hotel on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. It was all about party unity. Notable speakers for that first event included Gov.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who met with his delegates privately at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Monday, told his supporters that the Democratic Party “needs Clinton to defeat Trump.” This was meant with resistance as delegates cried out “no!” and “we want Bernie!”
Richard May of Bellingham was one of about 100 delegates to the Democratic National Convention pledged to Sen. Bernie Sanders who walked out of the hall July 26, 2016, in protest of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president. Other Whatcom County delegates did not participate in the walkout.
Halfway through the Democratic National Convention and, though they’ve been loud, Bernie Sanders delegates in general say they have no voice. Blame it on Donald Trump. On a night when Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever nominated by a major party to run for president, the theme from the dais Tuesday was speaking out against the Republican presidential nominee.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he is proud of what has come out of the DNC so far – including both the Washington state Democratic Party platform and the national party platform draft. In particular, he is most proud of the progressive stance the party has taken on minimum wage laws, gun legislation, climate change and health care.
Bernie Sanders, who already has tossed his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, realized his chances of winning the Democratic nomination for president in the coming days are next to none. But he emphasized he is proud of his campaign and his supporters, saying he is excited that his supporters contributed to “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic committee.”
From climate change to tribal rights to student loan debt, many of the issues championed by county Democrats and offered up to state and national leaders appear to be reflected in proposed language to be debated in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, July 25.
Many causes joined forces to make up the March for Our lives, which began at Philadelphia’s City Hall and proceeded down Broad Street on Monday, July 25, 2016 toward the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center.
Bernie Sanders, at the California delegation breakfast at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, says Democrats have to “defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton,” but not everyone in the crowd agrees.