DemDaily: DNC: Update on the Outrage

August 25, 2018

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) had an appropriately dramatic conclusion to its three-day Summer meeting with the passage of major reforms to its presidential nominating process.

The most public and controversial of the reforms were the revisions to the role of "superdelegates," now formally referred to as "automatic" delegates.

A small but vocal and influential group of DNC members, headed by former DNC Chair Don Fowler, had waged a campaign to defeat a proposal to dramatically reduce the role of superdelegates by eliminating their vote on the first presidential nominating ballot.

A small but vocal opposition to the Resolution

The resolution, proposed by the DNC's Rules and By-Laws Committee, was a culmination of months of debate that began with recommendations from the Party's Unity Reform Commission - a body that grew out of the 2016 convention fight between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The resolution was also opposed by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and prominent party leaders like former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile and DNC Convention Chair Leah Daughtry, who argued that it disenfranchised minority representation within the Party.

Chairman Tom Perez, and a majority of the DNC's elected leadership, pushed for the historic reform in an effort to unite factions that still lingered from the contentious presidential primary battle and convention nominating process two years ago.

Chairman Tom Perez after the vote

The role of automatic, or unpledged, delegates was one of several before today's open general session, which had been extended by a full two hours to allow for additional debate.

In the end, the opposition gracefully conceded in the name of unity, following a series of motions and parliamentary procedures that signaled defeat.

More detailed explanation on the revised process and other reforms on Monday!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

As always, DemList will keep you informed.

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