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Friday, January 4th, 2008

In Caucuses, Size Does Matter…

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WEST DES MOINES, IA – Born in New York and having never witnessed an actual caucus I was more than surprised at what I saw. Republican caucuses are tame in comparison to the fervor and mayhem that ensues in Democratic caucuses. With all precincts reported there were 120,000 Republican attendees and over 227,000 Democrat attendees this caucus cycle (in 2000, 87,000 Republicans attended and in 2004, 124,000 Democrats attended). Undoubtedly energy levels in Iowa were heightened by this increase in turnout and the amount of dollars spent pokies List. (projected to be more than $60 Million) – by the way that equals $171.43 per vote!!!

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Iowa: Good news for turnout?

DES MOINES, IA — Stay tuned for turnout numbers, but around here folks are saying it’s high. Here’s a screen shot from Yahoo! News. Click it for more.

Yahoo! News

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Caucus results coming in; WT? on MTV.com *

MTV.com

DES MONIES, IA — Still confused what the heck is going on here in Iowa? Click over to MTV.com where they’re featuring our video explaining what the Iowa caucus is all about. Once you’re there, look for the button above.

The results are streaming in to the press filing center into downtown Des Moines. CNN and Fox News both just called the Republican caucuses for Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, one of the thirteen candidates to respond to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge. Maybe Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson should have responded? No final word yet on the Democrats. Stay tuned for updates.

* 8:29PM CST UPDATE: The AP and CNN are projecting Illinois Senator Barack Obama, another responder to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge, to be the Democratic winner of the Iowa caucuses. That means both winners have laid out their plans for election reform to us at Why Tuesday? — and we hope they’ll continue to spend time talking about the state of our voting system.

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Sam Donaldson’s Take

DES MOINES, IA — It’s caucus day! Yesterday I caught up with veteran ABC Newsman Sam Donaldson at the convention center here. He gave me his take on the trouble with the Iowa caucuses, and what he would do to increase the extremely low participation in them. (more…)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Why Tuesday? on CitizenTube

DES MOINES, IA — Why Tuesday? Advisory Board member and YouTube News & Politics chief Steve Grove is here making sure Iowan voters get their videos uploaded to YouTube. We caught up for a bit in the Google/YouTube lounge in the convention center, and he posted this vlog to CitizenTube.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Tim Russert’s Take

DES MOINES, IA — I just caught up with Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s Meet The Press, at the Polk County Convention Complex here. Tomorrow Iowans will caucus for president – but in the past two elections only 6-7% of eligible voters have participated. I asked Russert why he thinks more candidates aren’t talking about election reform. (more…)

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