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Thursday, July 30, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Caucus date continued

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Iowa's two party decision to have a first-ever Saturday caucus is
still rippling today. The angle I didn't think of at first is that
this is part of the national deal to keep Iowa first for 2012. ...
Saturday puts a price on our place: OK, you're first, but you're at a
time that minimizes the value of first. Multiple sources notes Jewish
Sabbath concerns. I'm not recommending changing what we have, but one
fix would be a later start time. Luckily January is near solstice with
early sunsets, and since Sabbath is measured sunset to sunset a 5 p.m.
start would be, well, kosher. But that would make the "I don't want to
go out after dark" seniors unhappy. Like Ricky Nelson said, you can't
please everyone.

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