Research for Nevada Convention Project

Source: Fact-checking claims about the Nevada convention chaos | PolitiFact

Determined to transform the party, the senator is aiming to amass enough leverage to press his agenda at the convention — or even wrest the nomination.

Source: Bernie Sanders, Eyeing Convention, Willing to Harm Hillary Clinton in the Homestretch – The New York Times


Polls and predictions for the 2016 Nevada Democratic caucuses: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Source: Nev. Democratic Caucus Forecasts – FiveThirtyEight


In this week’s politics chat, we consider Bernie Sanders, his present and future. The transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): It’s been awhile since we reall…

Source: Is Sanders Hurting Clinton By Staying In The Race? | FiveThirtyEight


When Americans woke up on November 8, 2000—the day after the presidential elections—it was unclear whether Democrat Al Gore or Republican George W. Bush had won. There had been anomalies in the polls in Florida, and there was uncertainty as to which candidate the state should award its electoral votes, which would decide the election.

Source: Butterfly Effects – 99% Invisible


Days after a convention in which leaders incited chaos and disorder, the Nevada State Democratic Party demonized supporters of Bernie Sanders in a letter written to the Democratic National Committee.

Source: How Democrats Manipulated Nevada State Party Convention Then Blamed Sanders For Chaos | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


the floor” of the state convention “ignoring the regular procedure and ramming through what they wanted to do.”— Jeff Weaver on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 in a television interview on CNNAllegations of fraud

Source: Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded | PolitiFact Nevada


Nevada State Democratic Party | Caucus FAQ

Reddit Mega Thread

“Because the two parties conspire, they are the gatekeepers. They control the debates, they control the process.” -pubies

Rules of the 2016 Nevada State Democratic Convention

Bernie supporters’ motion for a delegate recount was denied without a vote at the Nevada Democratic Convention. Here’s why they’re…

Source: Nevada Democratic Convention: Stories of Voter Suppression |


Three tier explanation of the Nevada Convention



Under a system of Federalism, there are levels of government – local, state, federal. Each level of government has its own responsibilities/powers. State governments have control of elections. That is why we’ve seen states pass discriminatory voting laws. It is also a matter of confusion when we go about choosing our presidential candidates (federal level) in primaries or caucuses performed in states.  

As you know, a president is chosen through the electoral college system. Whichever candidate wins the most votes gets all the electoral votes of that state. The primary/caucus system is similar. There are National political parties, state political parties, and local ones. Most states use a general election for primaries. Citizens vote and a winner is chosen. Winners get delegates. Delegates cast their votes for the nominee. In some states, it is winner-take-all. In others it is proprotional. Some states are still using a caucus. A caucus is when a group comes together and openly discusses the candidates and then votes. The individual votes cast are open – sometimes by raising hands or moving to corners of the room. Very old school.   

   Did you hear about what happened in Nevada?  

 According to how that particular party at the state level has chosen to do it, the delegates might all go to one winner or it might be proportional. As far as Nevada is concerned, I’ve read conflicting accounts but it sounds as if some proper procedures were not adhered to. I’m not sure what it will mean but doubt that it will mean anything. People who control party politics like to stay in control.     

 Ok. Cool. Thank you. I’m going to be writing a two minute play about it for an audition to a theatre troupe. Is there anything more you’d like to add?    

 Superdelegates would be funny in capes.   

   What’s a super delegate?     

 Superdelegates are party members who can cast their vote for whomever they want at the National Convention. Democratic govenors and Democratic members of Congress are among them. The history of superdelegates is pretty interesting.   

  Do you know and could explain the history?    

 Up until 1972, there really wasn’t a primary system in place. The 1968 convention is historical for the rioting that took place. Afterwards, McGovern initiated getting states to have primaries and it started with the 1972 election. The democrats lost that election in a TERRIBLE defeat. The predominant thinking was that too much power was given to the primary election results when, in fact, few of the citizens were voting in them. So they wanted to give some control back to party leaders so that candidates WHO COULD WIN would be nominated.   

  It made sense at the time.  

😕 ok. That was 40 years ago   

 So now we have a citizenry that DOES vote in primaries and what they want is sometimes different from what party leaders want. Yes and a lot has changed in 40 years. Especially with this large generation of millennials who are socially and politically active. Maybe you could make your Superdelegates die. Haha    

 In your play. You know how Superman can only be killed by kryptonite? Maybe there’s something that can kill Superdelegates.     

I was thinking it would be fun to demonstrate how we vote with caucuses by showing a scene where a group of people vote on what kind of pizza they want to get.



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