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Thursday, May 26, 2016

 4:54 PM 

Dems to consider non-binding resolution calling for end of superdelegate system

Attendees at the Dem state convention next weekend will consider a non-binding resolution calling for the party to support abolishing the superdelegate system.

Superdelegates are laid out in national party rules, but the resolution could be one way for Bernie Sanders supporters to express their displeasure with the system. Six of Wisconsin’s 10 superdelegates are backing Hillary Clinton even though Sanders won Wisconsin’s April 5 primary with almost 57 percent of the vote. So far, only Rep. David Bowen, the party’s vice chair from Milwaukee is backing Sanders.

The proposed resolution reads, “superdelegates have eroded the faith of the base in its ability to affect the outcome of the Presidential nomination.” 

It’s one of 41 resolutions sent to convention delegates, alternates and guests in an email this week. 

Other resolutions in the packet include one urging the state party to change rules so members can vote for officers via mail or online; now, they have to attend convention to cast ballots.

Others:

*urge the party to ask the Dane County DA and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate WEDC, arguing AG Brad Schimel “cannot be trusted to fairly investigate” the agency’s problems;

*call for restoring state funding to Planned Parenthood and the repeal civil service changes as well as Act 10.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to propose resolutions from the convention floor. They must be submitted by 3 p.m. June 3 to be considered.

-- By JR Ross

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