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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

In short, because Democratic Party in USA is roughly split between two factions (I'll label them "progressive" and "establishment" just for the sake of labeling). FiveThirtyEight covered this split ...
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Why won't the Republicans (RNC) use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

A better way to look at this question is to ask why Democrats do have such an expansive superdelegate system (Republicans kiiiiiiiiind of have superdelegates, but far less and bound to the results of ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

The idea that the DNC "rigged" the primaries is false. I voted Bernie in the primary, too, but it is very important not to take the claim in the WikiLeaks graphic at face value. This July ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

It should also be mentioned that Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He ran for the Senate as an independent. While he caucused with the Democrats, he never claimed to be one before running for ...
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If superdelegates were abolished before the 2020 election, how did Biden win more votes in CA and NV?

I think you are maybe misunderstanding the extent to which the rules on superdelegates changed. The rule change which was voted through in August 2018 did not stop superdelegates from voting for who ...
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Do US House of Representatives members really need to "bring in a certain amount of donations, frankly, to get some top positions" on committees?

if this is indeed so ("Say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so!) As a strictly technical matter it isn't true. Committee assignments are made by House leadership for a party with the approval of ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

The basic mechanism of a political party is to reward loyalty and create a unified front. Clinton had some 40+ years of favors to call in from various democrats, and anybody in the party who threw in ...
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If superdelegates were abolished before the 2020 election, how did Biden win more votes in CA and NV?

At the 2020 Democratic National Convention superdelegates cannot vote in the first round of voting if no candidate has a delegate-majority by using only pledged delegates. Joe Biden has such a ...
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

Note: The earlier version of the question when I answered specifically accused the DNC of being "rigged." I'm not really interested in playing chase-the-goalpost (the OP has an agenda). The ...
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Why won't the Republicans (RNC) use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

Republicans do have a superdelegate system, except that only 7% of the Republican nominating delegation. The current system makes superdelegates nominate the primary candidate who won their state and ...
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

I assume the "unfair" process you are referring to largely refers to superdelegates who are not bound by any primary votes, as they voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. For the 2020 primary, ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

The premise that he was "prevented" from winning is a little misguided, he simply never had support. By no metric was he ever close to even being the most popular Democrat politician, let alone ...
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Do US House of Representatives members really need to "bring in a certain amount of donations, frankly, to get some top positions" on committees?

ohwilleke's answer is entirely correct. But I think it would be helpful to look at why committee assignments are such a big deal in the first place. The US Congress is structured differently from a ...
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How do half votes work in the DNC chair election?

Democrats Abroad get half a vote. This live blog by NPR states that: (For those wondering, a candidate could get half a vote because each Democrat abroad got half a vote.) Also, in the Democratic ...
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Who are the 5 consultants who got the $700-800 million from the DNC / Joint Fundraising Agreement Budget?

Via Our Revolution CCC twitter @pausetheprocess — link "They win even when Democrats lose: GMMB Consultants - AJ Lenar Precision Strategies - Jennifer O'Malley Dillon The Podesta ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

If we go back to the start of the 2016 campaign, which was really in the spring of 2015, Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee. At that time, the scandals that later beset her were not yet ...
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Why won't the Republicans (RNC) use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

The direct roots of the Democratic superdelegate traces to 1972, and George McGovern. True that 1968 was a mess, plus a rather dull Humphrey beating out the only remaining populist choice, Gene '...
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

First of all I will address claims that the 2016 Democratic Primaries were rigged. Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee stated as such "“We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from ...
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Why was the Democratic National Convention scheduled so late?

The conventions are usually held in late July through early September. Dates from this list Year Convention Date 1996 Aug 26-29 2000 Aug 14-17 2004 July 26-29 2008 Aug 25-28 2012 Sept 4-6 2016 ...
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Does the Democratic National Committee have a mission statement and foundational documents?

The Democratic Party has a charter and bylaws that, among other things, describe the function and organization of the Democratic National Committee in Article 3 of the charter: The Democratic ...
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Does the Democratic National Committee have a mission statement and foundational documents?

Regarding "Mission Statement" -- Although the power structure and bureaucracy are given first place, the DNC charter does in fact contain a message of substance in terms of political values. ...
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What is the difference between votes cast at the DNC by states/territories and delegates won in the primaries/caucuses and why is there a disparity?

Only candidates who received at least 300 pledged delegates during the primaries were eligible to be part of the nomination process. 300 is about 7.5% of all pledged delegates, and after Joe Biden (2,...
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Why is the Democratic convention after State ballot deadlines?

The only honest answer to this question is that it simply wasn't an issue prior to this election cycle. The modern primary and ballot systems are designed around 1940s technology: the printing press ...
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Why was the Democratic National Convention scheduled so late?

This has happened multiple times before. By the time of a political party's national convention, it is typically well known who that party's candidate will be. The states with arbitrarily early ...
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How is a political party funded? Solely based on donations less than $3300 (maximum allowed)?

Q: How is a political party funded? Donations up to certain limits. Contribution limits for 2023-2024 federal elections                 RecipientDonor Partycommittee:state/district/local Party ...
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Do US House of Representatives members really need to "bring in a certain amount of donations, frankly, to get some top positions" on committees?

Bob Ney (R), head of the House Administration Committee from 2001 through 2006, claimed this to be the case in a interview: Jones: What’s your view on SuperPACs? Ney: They’re outrageous. It’s ...
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What are the limits on how much Bloomberg could donate to the Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2020?

Bloomberg can donate some contributions from other people to another campaign or to charity (there's some rules there). The FEC requires self-funding to be reported When candidates use their personal ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

There are two questions here: 1) Did the DNC try to prevent Sanders from winning the nomination, and 2) If in fact they did, why? I can't speak to the first question, not having evidence, but it ...
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