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Topic: It's Caucus Day in Iowa (18 msgs / 521 lines)
1) From: Brett Mason
It's January 3, and the Masons' first participation in Caucus.  This
Iowa event is where we go to our precinct, and stand up for the man
whom we believe should be the next President.
We'll be starting out our day with some coffee from Bali - roasted it
3 days ago, and should be scrumptious.  Later in the day we'll have a
press pot of Java Jerry's Christmas Blend to pick up the pace at the
office.
In the evening, David Kvindlog's African Highland Blend Decaf Espresso
Shots will provide just the closure required for this important day.
My friends, I am writing you about my candidate, with the simple
request that you be sure to vote for your candidate.  And along the
way we'll have some great coffee.  Do I put down "Ben Owen", or
"Benjamin Owen" when it comes time?  Maybe I should go with the Dad,
"Tom Owen" - or is it "Thompson Owen"...  This is getting
complicated...
Cheers,
Bretthttp://www.xanga.com/RockinJava9

2) From: Tom Ulmer
Indeed. You should feel fortunate that you may stand up for your candidate.
How does Iowa handle those of us that are registered as NPA (No Party
Affiliation)? There is no open primary in my state and if I care to
participate I must re-register as a party affiliate of whoever I'd like to
see in the general election. Needless to say, this infuriates me as NPA
means that I don't care to be associated with a political party not that I
don't care who's on the ballot.

3) From: Brett Mason
I don't know how Iowa handles NPA...  I will say that Caucusing makes
participation for dead people a whole lot harder...
If you want me to put in your vote for Tom Owen as well, I'll raise
both hands.  He obvioiusly is skilled in International Relations, and
can handle a cup of coffee better than almost all others...
Maria would make a good first lady as well...
Brett
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4) From: Tom Ulmer
Certainly I would. Would that make him a shout in candidate?

5) From: Jeff Cozad
Brett,
re: NPA - You can declare/change a party affiliation the day of. In fact,
you can now also register with the correct proof of residence. Then you just
wander over to the County offices and remove it a day or two later.
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6) From: Brett Mason
Thanks Jeff - I am already pretty committed to Parties of Colombian
and Costa Rican, but the Brazils still get to me, and Uganda is always
in the running....
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7) From: Sandra Andina
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Ah, caucuses--I was going to ask the Iowans on this list about that.   
When I lived in Seattle, WA didn't have a Presidential primary, and it  
was the 1976 caucus that got me into politics.  (But it was held in my  
apt. bldg.'s laundry room and the coffee was strictly BYO cup).
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Ah, caucuses--I was going to =
ask the Iowans on this list about that.  When I lived in Seattle, =
WA didn't have a Presidential primary, and it was the 1976 caucus that =
got me into politics.  (But it was held in my apt. bldg.'s laundry =
room and the coffee was strictly BYO cup).
On Jan 3, 2008, =
at 6:09 AM, Brett Mason wrote:
It's = January 3, and the Masons' first participation in Caucus. =  This Iowa event is where we go to our precinct, and stand up = for the man whom we believe should be the next = President. We'll be starting out our day with some coffee from = Bali - roasted it 3 days ago, and should be scrumptious.  Later = in the day we'll have a press pot of Java Jerry's Christmas Blend to = pick up the pace at the office. In the evening, David = Kvindlog's African Highland Blend Decaf Espresso Shots will provide = just the closure required for this important day. My friends, I = am writing you about my candidate, with the simple request that you = be sure to vote for your candidate.  And along the way we'll = have some great coffee.  Do I put down "Ben Owen", or "Benjamin = Owen" when it comes time?  Maybe I should go with the Dad, "Tom = Owen" - or is it "Thompson Owen"...  This is = getting complicated... Cheers, Brett http://www.xanga.com/RockinJava9= homeroast = mailing = listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo = change your personal list settings (digest options, vacations, = unsvbscribes) go to =http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-28--110606588--

8) From: Sandra Andina
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Here in Illinois, we have an "open" partisan primary system: you don't  
need to declare a party affiliation when you register to vote--you  
just ask for a Democratic, Republican, or Independent primary ballot  
at check-in on primary day. (The Indie ballot does not contain the Dem  
or GOP candidates, so you don't get to ping-pong--you get only  
independent and minor-party candidates, plus yes/no judge retention  
and initiatives/referenda).  You have to commit to one party (or  
forfeit being able to decide for either party) for that primary only.   
But when WA went from caucuses to a primary, it was a "blanket"  
primary--you could ping-pong from one party to the other in various  
races. IMHO, that defeats the purpose of a primary and a party system-- 
might as well have only nonpartisan races where the primaries pick the  
top two votegetters for a runoff in the general election, like we do  
here in Chi. for aldermen and Seattle did for mayor.  Of course, you  
can't have that for President--unless you do away with the conventions  
and hold one national primary with a runoff in Nov.
On Jan 3, 2008, at 7:56 AM, Tom Ulmer wrote:
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Sandy Andina
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Here in Illinois, we have an =
"open" partisan primary system: you don't need to declare a party =
affiliation when you register to vote--you just ask for a Democratic, =
Republican, or Independent primary ballot at check-in on primary day. =
(The Indie ballot does not contain the Dem or GOP candidates, so you =
don't get to ping-pong--you get only independent and minor-party =
candidates, plus yes/no judge retention and initiatives/referenda). =
 You have to commit to one party (or forfeit being able to decide =
for either party) for that primary only.  But when WA went from =
caucuses to a primary, it was a "blanket" primary--you could ping-pong =
from one party to the other in various races. IMHO, that defeats the =
purpose of a primary and a party system--might as well have only =
nonpartisan races where the primaries pick the top two votegetters for a =
runoff in the general election, like we do here in Chi. for aldermen and =
Seattle did for mayor.  Of course, you can't have that for =
President--unless you do away with the conventions and hold one national =
primary with a runoff in Nov.
On Jan 3, 2008, at 7:56 AM, =
Tom Ulmer wrote:
Indeed. You should feel fortunate that you may stand up = for your candidate. How does Iowa handle those of us that are = registered as NPA (No Party Affiliation)? There is no open primary in = my state and if I care to participate I must re-register as a party = affiliate of whoever I'd like to see in the general election. = Needless to say, this infuriates me as NPA means that I don't care to = be associated with a political party not that I don't care who's on = the ballot.

9) From: gin
Tom:
Thanks for the the input. I feel the same.
ginny
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10) From: Floyd Lozano
Here in MA we have a system that is the true model of democracy.  You
can go in on Primary day and vote for any Democrat you want!
-F
On Jan 3, 2008 6:31 PM, gin  wrote:
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11) From: Paul Martin
NYT is up with results:http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/states/IA.htmlPaul
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12) From: Brett Mason
We just got electricity here in Iowa, and have added a TV station, and
they have results too:
 http://www.kcrg.com/news/caucusresultsCheers,
Brett
On Jan 3, 2008 9:11 PM, Paul Martin  wrote:
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Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

13) From: Treshell
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Here in Wyoming there are no Democrats to vote for - and that's mostly
serious!  
treshell

14) From: Paul Martin
I hear tell ya'll dun got that innernet thang too, but thought it might just be a rumor ;^)
I didn't see Thompson Owen in the results.  I guess they aren't listing results for the "green" party?
Paul
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15) From: Rich
Hey Brett, We over here in western Iowa have had electricity for quite a 
while.  Glad to see you guys on the east side are catching up.
Brett Mason wrote:
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16) From: Brett Mason
What is Western Iowa?  We walked down to the general store,a nd no-one
has ever heard of that place...
Pleesed ta meecha!
Brett
On Jan 3, 2008 9:48 PM, Rich  wrote:
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Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

17) From: Rich
Its over in the forgotten or ignored part of the state.
Brett Mason wrote:
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18) From: Tom Ulmer
This is 2008 and the logistics of such an activity are certainly not out of
reach.


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