Lunch Forum: Superdelegates

Each year the NH Progressive Summit seeks an issue or discussion of strong interest and divide in the progressive community to provide a respectful, common space for dialogue and education.

The 2017 NH Progressive Summit Lunch Forum is on Superdelegates

Superdelegates became a hotly debated topic during both the 2008 and 2016 Democratic Primaries. Originally created to ensure the Presidential nominee had wide-spread support and electability, various leaders and campaigns have questioned the role and its influence in a democratic process. A DNC Unity Commission was formed last year in part to make recommendations regarding superdelegates in the primary process. Our lunch forum will feature a range of perspectives on the matter, including whether superdelegates should exist, the role of parties in primaries, and ideas Granite Staters could consider sharing with the commission on how to move forward. Come prepared with questions and your own ideas to offer!

Suggested Prep Reading:

Wikipedia, Superdelegates
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superdelegate

The Hill, Dems announce ‘unity commission’ members, April 17, 2017
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/329163-dems-announce-unity-commission-members

The Washington Post, Why the Superdelegate Idea Works, February 27, 2008
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/26/AR2008022602649.html

End Superdelegates.Com, Petition & Major Campaign Sign-On’s
https://endsuperdelegates.com/

Huffington Post, Unpacking the Role of the Superdelegate in the Democratic Party Primary, February 15, 2017
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/akshan-dealwis/unpacking-the-role-of-the_b_9230138.html

The Hill, Sanders is right: Eliminate superdelegates, June 24, 2016
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/284784-sanders-is-right-eliminate-superdelegates

Disclaimer: The NH Progressive Summit is not a Democratic Party event, and we do not speak for nor make decisions on Democratic Party activities. However, each year the conveners of the NH Progressive Summit seek an issue or discussion of strong interest and divide in the progressive community to provide a respectful, common space for dialogue and education, and this topic seemed ripe this year, especially as the DNC is doing a listening tour and interested Granite Staters have a real opportunity to provide input, if desired. Who knows, perhaps conversation and ideas generated at the 2017 NH Progressive Summit could impact the ultimate reformation of the Superdelegate role! Make sure to register today!


Gubernatorial Debate 2012Past NH Progressive Summit Panels:

2016 Gubernatorial Primary Candidates
2015 Education in the 21st Century
2014 Northern Pass: Jobs & the Environment
2013 The Debate Over Expanded Gambling
2012 Gubernatorial Primary Candidates

 

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