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Demand Democratic superdelegates represent their constituents at the National Convention

Superdelegates < RootsAction
Sign petition asking DNC to abolish superdelegates here

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Democracy Spring: Over 400 Arrested at U.S. Capitol Protesting Corruption & Money in Politics

Democracy Now!, 4/12/16

More than 400 people were arrested Monday in a massive sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the influence of big money and corporate lobbying in politics. The protest, organized under the name Democracy Spring, brought together activists from about 140 organizations who marched from Philadelphia to Washington last week. Similar acts of civil disobedience are scheduled throughout the week in Washington. We speak to Kai Newkirk, campaign director of Democracy Spring and co-founder and an organizer with 99Rise. He was arrested yesterday in the action at the U.S. Capitol….

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DNC: abolish the superdelegate system

From Other98; sign this petition there:

Imagine a world where the candidate who earns the most votes wins the election.

This shouldn’t be a radical idea. But the DNC’s superdelegate system is making it impossible.

When one superdelegate vote has the same effect as 10,000 votes from regular folks like you and me, that ain’t democracy .

When a candidate can lose a state primary’s popular vote by a huge margin, but walk away with an equal number of delegates, that ain’t democracy.

When 712 political insiders wield more power in the nomination process than the people of Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York combined, that ain’t democracy.

It’s time to abolish this system and replace it with some common sense: the winner of a state primary should win a proportionate amount of delegates. This ain’t rocket science.

No matter who you’re voting for in November, this should matter to you. Because in 2020, it could be your candidate on the chopping block. So let’s do this now. Add your name to tell the DNC to implement a plan to abolish superdelegates.

Sources and Further Reading:

“NHGOP says superdelegates have the power to wipe out the results of the NH Democratic primary,” Politifact

“Why Don’t Superdelegates Vote According To The Will Of Voters?” Huffington Post

“Even if Sanders wins the popular vote, Clinton could still get the nomination,” The Guardian

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Arizona, the Supreme Court and the End of Gerrymandering

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 7/1/15

Whatever else may be said, none can argue that it has been a boring run of days in the rarefied air of the Supreme Court. Tax subsidies salvaged to save the ACA, gay marriage established in all fifty states, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 upheld, the “three strikes” federal sentencing law dealt a blow, and the attempt by Texas to enact a wholesale closure of abortion clinics thwarted.

Of course, they also ruled that health concerns over mercury in your drinking water are less important than corporate profits, and that the state killing condemned prisoners in agonizing fashion with sub-standard death drugs is acceptable. A mixed bag, to be sure, but it hasn’t been dull.

Their redistricting ruling, however, may be the most consequential of all, and that is saying something. It will take a bit of time in the telling to explain why….

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