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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Caucus Date: Iowa Democrats May Not Get Free Reign

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Officially, the Iowa Democratic caucus date is set by the Iowa
Democratic Party. But this year, outside forces -- escalating
leapfrog attacks from jealous states, stricter national party rules, a
governor who committed early to a January date and the determination
of Iowa Republicans to move forward -- may limit the moves of Iowa
Democrats. The most obvious outside force is the vote Tuesday by Iowa
Republicans to act alone and set a Thursday, Jan. 3 date, before New
Hampshire has settled on its primary date. Republicans are saying
they're still working with Democrats, but the nature of that
cooperation is reminiscent of George Bush vetoing a troop deadline
bill. As state party co-chair Leon Mosley told Iowa Independent at a
John McCain appearance last week, "If (the Democrats) work with us,
it'll be the 3rd."

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