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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Politically Speaking: Iowa caucus date move

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

By mid-2007, I'd finally committed the date to memory, so I wouldn't
have to look it up when typing stories about the Iowa caucuses. Forget
Jan. 14, 2008, brain, and remember instead Jan. 3, after the Iowa
Republican Party moved the caucus date up by a week and a half, and
the Iowa Democratic Party may do the same. This jockeying of dates is
geared to keeping heft with the outcome of Iowa's political beauty
contest, so that Michigan's move won't undermine the longstanding
allure of Iowa for presidential candidates. That, and to keep
political reporters from enjoying the holidays. So now it is 78 days
until the caucuses, which means a more compressed time for the
candidates to make their mark.

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