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Rules Committee, Including Ohio Lawmaker, Develops Compromise On Superdelegates

Delegate for Bernie Sanders checks in to the official DNC Ohio delegation hotel in Philadelphia.
Delegate for Bernie Sanders checks in to the official DNC Ohio delegation hotel in Philadelphia.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders have been blasting the role that the 715 superdelegates have played in this presidential campaign, since they aren’t pledged to either Sanders or Hillary Clinton. And there will be a measure that will be voted on during the first day of the convention.

Like at the RNC, the normally staid Rules Committee brought some unexpected excitement. Sen. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) was a Sanders delegate on the DNC Rules panel. “We did come up with a compromise after 13 hours in the Rules Committee, and that compromise is to set up a commission that actually has teeth in it and will force a vote on it before the full Democratic National Committee,” Skindell said.

But some Sanders supporters had wanted superdelegates to be abolished entirely. The final proposal would cut the number of superdelegates by two thirds, down to about 250.

Copyright 2016 The Statehouse News Bureau