2020 Presidential Caucuses

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Iowa Democratic Party officials have agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to a meltdown in the state's lead-off presidential caucuses and how the party responded. 

The party's State Central Committee voted last night to spend up to $50,000 to retain Nick Klinefeldt, a former U.S. attorney, and Bonnie Campbell, a former Iowa attorney general. 

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A State Representative from Marshalltown says today he’s running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Mark Smith says that his background gives him the ability to step in and help restore confidence to his party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday, after more than a week of confusion about the process and results of the Iowa caucuses. 

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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is the first candidate to announce he’s running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday, after more than a week of confusion about the process and results of the Iowa caucuses. Smith told Radio Iowa today that his background gives him the ability to step in and help restore confidence to his party.

Caucus Recanvassing to Begin Sunday

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Iowa is still dealing with the fallout of delayed Democratic caucus results. 

Today the Iowa Democratic Party accepted the requests from caucus frontrunners Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for a limited recanvass of more than 80 precincts. The two presidential campaigns will have 24 hours after receiving that to decide if they want to go forward with their requests.

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Iowa is still dealing with the fallout of delayed Democratic caucus results, even as the presidential candidates have already competed in New Hampshire and are preparing for the upcoming caucuses in Nevada. 

Today,  the Iowa Democratic Party accepted the requests from caucus frontrunners Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for a limited recanvass of more than 80 precincts. 

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There is still no official winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses as of today (Tuesday), even as voters go to the polls in that other first-in-the-nation state: New Hampshire.

Presidential campaigns and national politicos are turning their attention away from Iowa. And for some party activists, one of the disappointments of the caucus night fiasco is what they see as a lack of recognition for volunteers and organizers.

Lindsey Ellickson is a member of the Iowa Democrats State Central Committee.

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Sioux City School Board Member Dan Greenwell at yesterday’s board meeting talked about a possible $850,000 that could be cut from the 2020-21 budget. The board members will have budget discussions over the next two months toward setting a budget of more than $200 million by April. Greenwell brought his own summary of budget cuts to yesterday’s meeting and he also shared the cuts in a letter to district Superintendent Paul Gausman.

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Pete Buttigieg is seeking a partial audit of results from the Iowa Democratic Caucus.

The Democratic presidential candidate made the request for a "partial recanvass" to Troy Price, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders has already submitted a list of 25 precincts and three satellite caucus locations that he wants the Iowa Democratic Party to review. Sander says if there are mistakes, correcting could give him an edge in the razor-thin difference in results. 

The chair of the Iowa Democratic Party called for an independent investigation into the problems that caused mayhem and delayed Monday night’s caucus results in the Hawkeye State.

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