U.S. presidential candidates 2008 - Program guests are to discuss their perspectives from an Indigenous, political and personal stance.
Jamie S. Edwards (Mille Lacs Ojibwe), Government Affairs Coordinator for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota and treasurer of the DFL American Indian Caucus
Laura Waterman Wittstock (Seneca), Co-Chair, DFL American Indian Caucus, Minnesota, and former Minneapolis Public Library Board Trustee.
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Screw the Voters. Let Superdelegates Decide! by Paul Rockwell for CommonDreams.org, February 18, 2008
Millions of Americans, many of them first-time activists, voted for Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primary. They voted in good faith, expecting their votes to be counted and respected.
Now many young voters are discovering that there are two kinds of delegates at Democratic Party Conventions: real delegates (duly elected from the states) and fake delegates, delegates artificially created by the Democratic National Committee. These delegates, who lack direct support from primary voters, are called superdelegates.
With over 200,000 signatures, a Move-On petition to Democratic Party superdelegates reads: "The superdelegates should let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama. Then support the people's choice".
The seating of delegates at Democratic Party conventions has often been a source of conflict. In 1964, Fanny Lou Hamer led a sit-in on the convention floor. The Mississippi Freedom Democrats wanted nothing more than a few convention seats - seats to which they were entitled by open, fair elections in their home state. Walter Mondale, who was to become the architect of the current superdelgate system, refused to seat the elected
delegates of color in 1964. Wait until 1968, Mondale insisted, as the representative of the Credentials Committee. [So much for Walter Mondale. -ed]. Read more, attached.
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