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IA_Seth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-18-06 10:12 AM
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38. Caucus Night
Wow..sorry for the late response..I was out ill yesterday.

Sounds like everyone had good experiences and some of us will hopefully be able to meet at the State Convention..woo hoo!

I showed up about 10 minutes early (as early I as I could) and was told that there was no one to lead my precinct, and was asked to do it. It's a little more complicated than I anticipated! I could have used a training.

Anyway, after getting everything in order it went pretty well.

Todd Taylor and Wally Horn (State Rep and State Senator) came over and spoke with us briefly...nothing formal, more of a hello. They didn't make a pitch for any one candidate for governor. Todd Taylor let us know that he would have an opponent this time, so I have someone local to help!

We had a new guy present (long time Dem, new activist) who really wanted to be on the Platform Committee so I didn't do challenge that. The meeting time for the committees conflicted with me anyway so I didn't do either.

Our Precinct was able to send 5 delegates to the county, and there were 6 of us. Again, I let the others go as official delegates since they were all so eager. I am sure I will be able to get in as an alternate.

I will stay on the Central Committee. The "new" guy will also be on the Central Committee.

As far as platforms go, not a whole lot of controversy (way to go Cornfield!). My resolution passed dealing with caucus scheduling, we will see if that goes anywhere. We passed several run-of-the-mill worker's rights planks that were copied off of some Labor literature.

We about had a controversy when one of our caucus goers suggested a marriage rights plank for the GLBT community. The more elderly participants refused to vote either way so it passed 3-0.

Oh, and we didn't do preference groups. Out of the 5 others there were 2 Blouin supporters, and 4 that said they were on the fence but were pretty anti-Blouin.

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  -2006 Precinct Caucuses CornField  Jan-07-06 07:00 AM   #0 
  - I think I'm a precinct captain - I guess I should check w/my County Chair  Debi   Jan-09-06 10:50 AM   #1 
  - A suggestion for those who may attend  Bluzmann57   Jan-09-06 10:51 AM   #2 
  - Bluzmann - here's a copy of an email I received from Working Families Win  Debi   Jan-09-06 01:46 PM   #3 
  - Thanks, Bluz. I'll take a copy of this with me Monday.  rurallib   Jan-09-06 04:18 PM   #5 
  - State Platform  IA_Seth   Jan-09-06 04:56 PM   #7 
  - I'll be there..  IA_Seth   Jan-09-06 01:47 PM   #4 
  - I am going  pstans   Jan-09-06 04:36 PM   #6 
  - Who's excited??  amesdem   Jan-09-06 11:19 PM   #8 
     - It won't be like the presidential caucuses - there won't be any press  Debi   Jan-10-06 11:30 AM   #9 
     - I'm excited!  CornField   Jan-10-06 09:05 PM   #10 
        - The caucuses are a perfect place for a geek  Debi   Jan-11-06 11:05 AM   #11 
  - Let fun start  pstans   Jan-15-06 06:29 PM   #12 
  - How was it? n/t  Debi   Jan-16-06 01:03 PM   #15 
  - We're having a county wide caucus.  justgamma   Jan-15-06 07:53 PM   #13 
  - Try and volunteer for a committee  pstans   Jan-15-06 08:31 PM   #14 
  - Lets get ready to CAAAUUUCCCUUUSSS!  LincolnMcGrath   Jan-16-06 01:34 PM   #16 
  - Woo Hoo  Debi   Jan-16-06 01:55 PM   #17 
  - Caucus kick! n/t  MaggieSwanson   Jan-16-06 05:39 PM   #18 
  - Well, I went and it was educational  Bluzmann57   Jan-16-06 08:24 PM   #19 
  - Both Dickenson and Braley spoke at Black Hawk's caucus  Debi   Jan-17-06 11:06 AM   #27 
     - That is one reason that both trail Gluba in Davenport  Bluzmann57   Jan-17-06 02:00 PM   #29 
        - I agree  Debi   Jan-17-06 02:21 PM   #30 
  - Ours was in the same Jr high bldg as the GOP caucus. Yippee  progressoid   Jan-16-06 08:30 PM   #20 
  - Just got back  rurallib   Jan-16-06 09:24 PM   #21 
  - Pretty large crowd, but all the county was in the same place  pstans   Jan-16-06 09:28 PM   #22 
  - Our caucus had 6 precincts in one room  MaggieSwanson   Jan-16-06 10:09 PM   #23 
  - You are too nice  CornField   Jan-16-06 11:22 PM   #25 
     - WTF? Women's reproductive health care rights are no longer of importance  Debi   Jan-17-06 12:31 PM   #28 
     - ...and you are too modest!  MaggieSwanson   Jan-17-06 06:16 PM   #35 
     - Sweet!  IA_Seth   Jan-18-06 10:15 AM   #39 
        - I've no doubt you know who it was  CornField   Jan-18-06 10:29 AM   #41 
  - Very informative!  justgamma   Jan-16-06 10:13 PM   #24 
  - If you go to the state site  CornField   Jan-16-06 11:51 PM   #26 
  - We broke into pref groups  Rambis   Jan-17-06 03:10 PM   #31 
     - Is Trial Lawyer money bad? n/t  Debi   Jan-17-06 03:21 PM   #32 
        - Very effective buzz word for the pugs  Rambis   Jan-17-06 04:21 PM   #33 
           - And he'll have the $$ to counter their bullshit  Debi   Jan-17-06 04:55 PM   #34 
  - Insurance  IA_Seth   Jan-18-06 10:19 AM   #40 
  - my precinct caucus.....  amesdem   Jan-17-06 09:43 PM   #36 
  - I was surprised at the lack of  MaggieSwanson   Jan-17-06 09:50 PM   #37 
  - Caucus Night  IA_Seth   Jan-18-06 10:12 AM   #38 
     - Thanks for the play-by-play Seth  Debi   Jan-18-06 11:01 AM   #42 

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