I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.
PUMAs, for those who have forgotten the 2008 Democratic primary race, were the supposedly-numerous Hillary Clinton supporters who refused to back Barack Obama. The name stood for "Party Unity My Ass!" which was also their rallying cry. This year, they may be replaced by the "Bernie Or Bust!" crowd, or (to coin a neologism) the BOBs.
I recently supported the release of some research and important data about the 2016 elections. The Youth Electoral Significance Index is a data visualization that ranks the states and districts where young people could have a major influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, as well as on key Senate and House races.
In the next few weeks, while you decide your New Year's Resolutions regarding your health, habits, and choices, add another to the one list, one that can impact every aspect of yourself, determine the opportunities you have, and govern the life you live. For 2016, resolve to vote, and to take advantage of your most powerful right as an American Citizen.