Here’s what I hope will be in the deal: a set of agreements to make the Democratic Party more democratic — in particular, to make the party more transparent and accountable to the public.

Super-closed primaries, like New York’s, must be eliminated. It will likely be claimed by some that this is a state matter in which the national party has no say. This, of course, would be hogwash. When state parties tried to make their primaries earlier without national permission, they were sanctioned by the national party until they cried uncle. Similarly, states that maintain “super-closed primaries” can be sanctioned. The simplest reform would be to make all primaries “open”: if it’s right to say that you should be able to register to vote on election day — and it is — then you should be able to register to vote as a Democrat on election day. But if this reform is not possible, then at least there should be national limits on how onerous the requirements can be. You should not have to submit forms in triplicate the day before you were born in order to register to vote in a Democratic primary.

Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) should be part of the Democratic Party platform, and this provision should be binding. In particular, the DNC should oppose a vote on the TPP in a “lame duck” session of Congress after the election. How could you make such a provision binding? It would be easy — punish non-compliance with sanctions. For example, any Congressional Democrat who votes for the TPP in a lame duck session of Congress could be barred from accessing DNC resources or holding a position in the DNC — including delegate to the DNC.

Source – Robert Naiman – HuffPost: Let’s Open Up the Democratic Party to Public Participation

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