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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:06 PM
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Young Activists Furious With Clinton, Dodd
Young Activists Furious With Clinton, Dodd
by Ben Adler

Many youth activists are furious with the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) for suggesting that college students who did not grow up in Iowa should not caucus there in January - and they are delivering that message both publicly and privately.

Its terrible to have candidates making misleading statements about whether or not students can caucus, said Alexandra Acker, executive director of the Young Democrats of America.

Im very worried about the caucus-day implications of this, Acker said, concerned that discouraging students from caucusing will make an existing problem worse. Students are disenfranchised at higher rates to begin with.

Young Voter PAC, another Democratic youth organization, has also responded aggressively. The political action committee, which works with Democratic candidates to engage young voters, founded the Facebook group Hey Clinton, Stop Telling Young Voters to Stay Home.

Rock the Vote issued a statement encouraging students from out of state to vote. Student PIRGs Young Voters Project put out a release from a number of its student leaders in Iowa saying, We live here in Iowa for the majority of the year. To say that students who didnt grow up in Iowa, but who now live here, shouldnt have the choice to participate in the caucuses is blatant voter disenfranchisement.

The argument centers on whether to encourage Iowa college students from out of state to caucus in Iowa - as the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is doing - or to frown at it, as the Clinton and Dodd campaigns have hinted at.

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http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/14/5823/
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:19 PM
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1. "Rock the Vote issued a statement encouraging students from out of state to vote."
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CAUCUS_VOTING?SI...
Flood of campaign operatives cause worry
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Will they be checking for out-of-state IDs at the caucuses?
"there's at least some concern that those operatives could show up for the Jan. 3 precinct caucuses and distort the outcome of the opening test of the presidential nominating season."
"One campaign listing showed that 51 of the 115 people on the staff of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Iowa campaign are registered to vote in the state, and that 91 of the 131 people working for John Edwards in the state are registered to vote in Iowa.
Another listing showed that 42 staffers working for Barack Obama's campaign have registered to vote in the state, many in the last six months or so."
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Democracy by the bus load...

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:57 PM
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2. so penn did`t think students
were not worth including in the democratic process or are they just pissed because he got out-foxed by axlerod when it came to using-LEGAL-college students in the iowa race. get over it- penn lost and axlerod won

as for the "bus load" of students - where are they from? is there one bit of verifiable evidence that obama`s people are busing students from-?-to illegally vote in iowa?
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