The DNC “is moving ahead with its controversial plan to rein in the role of ‘superdelegates’ at the 2020 Democratic convention, despite a lobbying effort by Democratic lawmakers to scale back the proposal.
“The dispute has pitted members of Congress and elected officials versus labor leaders and grass-roots activists, with the party base looking like it will win this fight handily.”
Under Chairman Tom Perez’s “proposal, which appears to have the backing of a majority of DNC members, superdelegates would continue to exist but be barred from voting during the first round of the presidential roll-call vote. They could vote during the second round or any subsequent roll call, and superdelegates would still be permitted to support any candidate they want. Superdelegates would also be allowed to vote on any rules or platform issues.”
“There is a June 30 deadline for any proposed amendments to the DNC charter. Those proposals will be voted on during an August party meeting.” (Politico)
PROGRESSIVE SUMMIT. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) all spoke at the “We The People” summit in Washington on June 13.
“The format featured short speeches followed by two or three questions from the summit’s organizers, which included labor unions, Planned Parenthood, and immigration, environmental and anti-poverty activists.” (USA Today)
OBAMA. “The desire among Democrats for Obama to take a more leading role in the midterm fight and party building in general is just getting stronger, particularly with the lack of alternatives.” (The Hill)
BUTTIGIEG. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) is scheduled to speak at the College Democrats of America’s convention in Chicago. (release)
HARRIS AND SANDERS. A 19-year-old man named Nicholas Bukoski “has been indicted on charges of threatening to murder” Harris and Sanders “as well as to harm participants in the ‘March for Our Lives’ gun control rally held on the National Mall in March.” (Politico)
MORE HARRIS. Harris “will give the keynote address at the 83rd Annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner of the St. Louis County NAACP chapter on Thursday, June 21st. She is being recognized with the Margaret Bush Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award.” (release)
HOLDER. “A group backed by Democratic former Attorney General Eric Holder wants one new majority-black congressional district in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana in time for the 2020 general elections, according to new federal lawsuits filed Wednesday in each state.
“The legal challenges, which are supported by Holder’s National Redistricting Foundation, an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee — a political action committee chaired by Holder — claim the new majority-minority districts are needed because each state’s current electoral maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act by depriving black voters of the ability to elect representatives of their choice.” (McClatchy)
KANDER. Let America Vote President Jason Kander (D) is opening a New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester on June 15. “The opening will be followed on Saturday by a ‘Canvassing Day of Action’ in the greater Manchester area.” (WMUR)
STEYER. Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer “is launching a ‘Blue Wave’ program to expand NextGen America’s volunteer network from 11 states to all 50 states by creating an online community to help engage voters before November.” (Axios)
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