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Judge tosses part of Sanders backers' lawsuit against Nevada Democrats - Las Vegas Sun News
The Sanders supporters had asked the court to grant an injunction allowing them to run for state party office at Saturday's state Democratic convention. The judge, however, said that case law precludes him from interfering with a party's internal political process.

The lawsuit had alleged the state Democratic Party had failed to properly notify Democrats of a deadline to run for state party office in violation of both its own internal rules as well as Nevada law. The defendants argued the confusion over the deadline had been caused internally by Sanders supporters and that the party had made the deadline clear in emails it had sent out.

"Courts are not allowed to interfere with intra-party squabbles unless there is a compelling state interest to do so," said Judge Ronald Israel at a hearing this morning.

He added the court's interference would also be premature, given that the convention hasn't yet taken place and there's still an option that would allow convention goers to bring the issue up before the body of the convention.

So if Sanders supporters had been seated they would have had a small majority, could have ran for party leadership and could and would have thrown the current leadership out. That gives the establishment plenty of reason to keep power over who is seated.

by fjallstrom on Thu May 19th, 2016 at 04:20:22 AM EST
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