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Bernie Sanders: If Dems Reform Party, Then Election Victories Will Follow

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 10:47 AM

If Democrats are going to reform the ills of the country, they must first reform their own party, starting with curing the lack of transparency, Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a column for Politico.

Sanders laid out four reforms that are necessary to fix the country, and two of them are aimed directly at the Democratic Party, recently exposed by the book of former party official Donna Brazile, whom Sanders references twice in his column.

"Donna Brazile's recent book makes it abundantly clear how important it is to bring fundamental reforms to the Democratic Party," Sanders writes. "The party cannot remain an institution largely dominated by the wealthy and inside-the-Beltway consultants. It must open its doors and welcome into its ranks millions of working people and young people."

Sanders' list of reforms:

  • "Ending antiquated, arbitrary and discriminatory voter registration laws," especially as they pertain to primaries and independent voters.
  • Making it easier for voters to participate in caucuses and actually be able to cast a vote even if they can't be present.
  • Democrats need to rid themselves of super delegates that have way too much sway in the nomination process.
  • Transparency in the Democratic Party.

"If we are to succeed, we must fully appreciate Brazile's revelations and understand the need for far more transparency in the financial and policy workings of the Democratic Party," Sanders wrote. "Hundreds of millions of dollars flow in and out of the DNC [Democratic National Committee] with little to no accountability. That simply is not acceptable."

Brazile's bombshell — the DNC and Hillary Clinton put pen to paper on a formal arrangement in the summer of 2015 to give her operational and financial control of the party in exchange for bailing it out of its sizeable debt.

"It is critical that we come together and reform the Democratic Party. When we do that, we will win local, state and national elections and transform our country," Sanders concluded.

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