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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Caucus system still needs serious reform

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa have agreed
to hold their off-year caucuses on the same Saturday in January 2010,
according to the Des Moines Register's Kathie Obradovich. ... For those
who wonder why anyone would attend a caucus in a non-presidential
year, caucuses help build community and give ordinary people both
access to the party machinery and influence over a party's platform.
Obradovich notes that next year's caucuses will be particularly
important for Republicans, because the GOP nominee for governor may be
decided at a state convention if no candidate wins at least 35 percent
of the vote in the primary. Precinct caucuses select delegates for
county conventions, which select delegates for district conventions,
which select delegates for the state convention.


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