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Ever wonder what the heck the Iowa caucus is really all about? Into animated stick figures? Man, have we got the video for you.
Attention all Iowa voters or soon to be voters: On behalf of Smackdown Your Vote!, we encourage you to attend either the Republican or Democratic Caucus in Iowa on Thursday, January 3, 2008, and Rock the Caucus! Imagine if more of Iowa’s youngest voters turned out to caucus, if you and all your friends caucused, if all your friends’ friends caucused; young people could take credit for stepping out and really shake things up. You better believe that the issues young people care about would be on the top of the agenda of the new Republican and Democratic nominees if young adults took time to take it to the caucuses; it’s time to Rock the Caucus!
What to Know Before You Go:
1) If you’re 17 years old you can caucus, so long as you’ll be 18 by or on November 4, 2008.
2) You don’t have to register to vote before hand; you can register at the caucus.
3) Be sure to arrive early to avoid long lines and make sure you’re in before doors close. In order to have your vote count you must be in line by the time the caucus is called to order.
The Democratic Caucus starts at 6:30p.m.
The Republican Caucus starts at 7:00p.m.
Today is the big day! The Iowa Caucus. Steve reports from Des Moines where he has gone with some other standup comedians to entertain campaign volunteers.
With next week's New Hampshire primary already looming over Sen. Barack Obama's win in the Iowa caucus, there may not have been time for a lengthy victory lap or champagne toast, but his supporters still found plenty to cheer about.
"They said this day would never come," Obama said, over deafening cheers, "They said our sights were set too high; this country was too divided, too disillusioned to come together around this purpose. You have done what the cynics said we couldn't do."
"You have done what the state of New Hampshire can do in five days," Obama continued, "You have done what America can do in this new year: 2008."
Emphasizing the themes of change and hope that seemed to resonate with the Iowa electorate, Obama said, "We are choosing hope over fear. We're choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America."
Obama came away from the Iowa Democratic caucus with 38 percent of the vote. In second place, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards holds a very small lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Edwards holds 30 percent of the vote; Clinton 29 percent. But with these few "votes" at stake, an extremely close race for second place was too close to call between Edwards and Clinton.
Steve enlists the good people of Iowa to help explain the presidential nomination caucus process.
The Uptake's crew looks back on their challenges and successes covering the circus that is Iowa caucuses.
How the Iowa caucuses actually works:
First, gather people in a barn. Second, make them move to the corner of your candidate. Finally whoever has the best whisky and cookies wins!
By Gersh Kuntzman of The Brooklyn Paper
Bill Clinton responses to questions regarding a lawsuit by Hillary backers that would disenfranchise casino workers in Las Vegas and prevent virtually all of them from participating in the caucus.
Judge rejects lawsuit challenging Las Vegas Nevada caucus sites
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It’s become quite a dispute in Democratic circles. The Nevada Democratic Party created “at-large” casino precincts about eight months ago, so that casino employees (most notably, members of the Culinary Workers Union) would be able to participate in the Democratic causes easily and conveniently. At the time, the Nevada Democratic Party said the precincts were designed for the “4,000 or more shift workers per site who could not otherwise take the time off to go to their home precincts.” The precincts were approved unanimously.
This wasn’t at all controversial until last week, when the Culinary Workers endorsed Barack Obama. After the union endorsement, the Nevada State Education Association, which is backing Hillary Clinton, filed suit, asking that the nine “at-large” precincts be eliminated altogether.
Today, a state court rejected the lawsuit.
Democrats with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton failed in court Thursday to prevent casino workers from caucusing at special precincts in Nevada.
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan was presumed to be a boost for Clinton rival Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday because he has been endorsed by the union representing many of the shift workers who will be able to use the precincts on the Las Vegas strip.
“State Democrats have a First Amendment right to association, to assemble and to set their own rules,” Mahan said…. [Mahan added,] “We aren’t voting here, we’re caucusing. That’s something that parties decide.” He said it is “up to the national party and the state party to promulgate these rules and enforce them.”
In retrospect, I can’t help but wonder if, politically, the NSEA would have helped Clinton’s campaign more by simply remaining silent. Not only was the lawsuit a long shot, and not only did it cause unnecessary division, it actually created a stronger incentive for Obama backers to participate in the caucuses. Indeed, the Culinary Union said the suit was an attempt to disenfranchise its members. “Backers of Hillary Clinton are suing in court to take away our right to vote in the caucuses,” a union flier said.
On a related note, you may have heard that Bill Clinton got rather agitated yesterday responding to a reporter’s question about the legal dispute.
“You have asked the question in an accusatory way, so I will ask you back, do you really believe that all the Democrats understood that they had agreed to give everybody that voted at the casino a vote worth five times as much as people who voted in their own precinct?” Mr. Clinton said after an event on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. “Did you know that? Their votes will be counted five times more powerfully, in terms of delegates to the state convention, compared to delegates to the national convention.” […]
“When you ask me that question, your position is that you think that the culinary workers vote should be easier for them to vote than anyone else in Nevada who has to work on Saturday. Second, when they do vote, their vote should count five times as much as everybody else? That’s what the teachers have questioned. If that’s your position, you have it.
Ground Hound Royce D'Orazio goes to a Barack Obama rally on the eve of the Nevada Caucus
more at www.theuptake.org. The Uptake's Corrine McDermid talked to some of the many people who weren't going to be caucusing on "Super Tuesday" in Colorado.
The UpTake has discovered something very disturbing in Texas. It appears the caucus system, which allocates about 1/3rd of Texas' delegates is lacking some very basic controls that could undermine the legitimacy of the caucuses, leaving it open to charges of fraud.
A day before the election, the Texas Democratic Party is unable to provide a list of where it has precinct chairs - the individuals who will run the Texas caucus - and where it doesn’t. This video raises issues of accountability, transparency and legitimacy of the election.
UPDATE: We have obtained a list from Bexar County (San Antonio). About 75% of the precincts there have no chairs. more at http://www.theuptake.org
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