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Caucus Results Still in Doubt

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There are still no official results out of the Iowa Democratic caucuses today, as New Hampshire voters go to the polls for the first in the nation primary.

Multiple failures in the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus night reporting process delayed the release of results for days.

IDP State Central Committee Member Lindsey Ellickson says she still has questions about what went wrong and says public trust in the party is on the line.

“But I am worried about how that plays into voter trust and what we can do to earn that trust back. And I think it’s really, really important as an SCC member myself for the party…to make sure that the party is being open and accountable.”

The Associated Press says it cannot declare an official winner in the contest because of “irregularities in the results”. The fiasco has renewed questions about the role of Iowa and New Hampshire in the presidential nominating process.

Iowans purchasing a new gun or ammunition could have a sales tax-free holiday similar to the one families get every August on clothing, shoes and some school-related items.

A House subcommittee voted 2-1 today to establish a three-day period around the Fourth of July holiday when sales of firearms and ammunition would not be subject to the state sales tax.

Republican Rep. Terry Baxter of Garner said several other states have a similar sales tax holiday on purchases of guns and ammunition.  Garner said would like to see it occur here several months before Iowa’s fall hunting season.  

However, Democrat Charlie McConkey,  of Council Bluffs, who attended the meeting to express his concern, said he did not necessarily want to use the Fourth of July celebration as a vehicle for encouraging the sale and use of firearms.

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