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Public Service Announcement

>> Thursday, January 03, 2008

I have a few questions for you Iowans out there.

  1. Have you ever thought that the candidates on the ballot didn't represent the party well?
  2. Do you think the party is moving away from its core values?
  3. Have you ever wondered how-in-the-world the party does the things it does?

Are you shaking your head? Yes! How did so-and-so ever get on the ballot and what's up with the widgeting widgets (technical term) anyway?

Now for the questions that might make you uncomfortable.
  1. Have you ever participated in a party caucus?
  2. Have you ever voted in a primary?

If you answered yes to any of the first questions and no to the second set, you have only yourself to blame. It is BECAUSE OF your lack of participation that these things were allowed to happen.

Let me restate; if you want a real chance to steer the party, then participate in the caucus and vote in the primary. The caucus detemines what the party stands for and elects delegates to the county convention (which leads to district, then state, then national convention) and platform committee. The primary is a runoff election between two candidates from the same party for the same office to determine who will be on the ballot in November. YOU determine what the party stands for and who is on the ballot. That is - if you show up.

Republicans: the caucus starts at 7:00.
Democrats: yours starts at 6:30

Get there early to be credentialed. Stay after the presidential preference vote and help shape the party. Otherwise, I don't want to hear you complaining about the first set of questions again.


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