A Bernie Sanders supporter protests during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo: Paul Sancya/AP)The noisy debate boiled down to a key decision facing Sanders supporters. Now that they've managed to get a hand on the steering wheel of one of the world's most powerful democratic vehicles, do they abandon it and jump out — or keep trying to guide it? Bitter arguments broke out among Sanders' army of self-professed political revolutionaries. "I was thinking, 'Something's going to blow up,'" said Ryan Turner, a delegate for Democrats abroad. "There was actual friction between delegate members... Bernie delegates versus other Bernie delegates. "It ended becoming shouting matches. I saw security get called. No one got taken away — but I did hear complaints."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)The Sanders people got planks for a $15 minimum wage; opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline; free tuition at in-state public colleges; public health care expanded to people 55 and over; and a reinstatement of the old Glass-Steagall Act's limits separating commercial and investment banks. They didn't get a ban on oil fracking, just possible limits. They fell short on single-payer health care. Same with a carbon tax; they achieved instead a more nebulous commitment to carbon pricing. On the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Clinton allies held firm against full-fledged opposition: "They said it was going to be offensive to President Obama. We couldn't get everything we wanted." What they did achieve was a partial takeover of the Democratic party. One major change spurred by Sanders will see the power of superdelegates severely reduced. In the next election, the weight of party officials in picking a nominee will drop — likely from the current 15 per cent of delegates, to five per cent.
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'Team Remain'"So many of the people I've worked with and canvassed with are like that. There's a good few of them," Thorsen said. "(But) there's many who are coming around and accepting that Hillary is a much better choice, and they may settle for that." Thorsen is on Team Remain. In a two-party culture, he said, progressives have their best shot at making a difference through the Democrats. He also worries that special interests would dominate that party again, if his allies all left. Turner has been a committed Democrat for years and he'll be staying onside too. As for the people who jeered Monday, he said it's an emotional time: "What we just saw there might be the last time we see Bernie address a large crowd," he said. "That's a lot for people to digest." Yet he's ready to back Clinton. "Otherwise, Trump (wins). There's no other way to say it."
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