The Iowa Democratic Party

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Iowa Republicans will hold county conventions tomorrow, but the Iowa Democratic Party has postponed its county conventions which were to be held later this month.

Republican Party leaders say they consulted with state public health officials and the governor’s office and decided to move forward with county conventions this weekend, but a spokesman for the party says they “strongly advise” Republicans who don’t feel well to stay home.

Iowa Democrats, meanwhile, say their county conventions on March 21 are postponed until a future date to be determined.

The Iowa Democratic Party is expected to release final caucus results today from the caucuses held on February 3rd.  The Democratic Party started a recount of 23 precincts on Tuesday after a request from candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.  Buttigieg had a slight lead of 14 to 12 national delegates over Sanders.

State officials have issued a warning for people in Nebraska who recently traveled to one of 10 countries that have experienced an outbreak of COVID-19.

They are asking them to self-report to state or local public health officials.

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Iowa Democratic Party officials say they are hiring 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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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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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Smith said today that his background gives him the experience to help restore confidence to the party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday after the still delayed results of the Iowa caucuses were said to be inaccurate.  The Democratic Party State Central Committee will meet Saturday afternoon to elect a new party chair. 

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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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Presidential candidates now have extra time to request a recount of the Iowa Caucuses. The Iowa Democratic Party is giving the campaigns until noon Monday to ask for a recanvass of the caucus results. 

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The Iowa Democratic Party has extended until Monday a deadline for presidential candidates to request a review of the results of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses. Originally, the candidates had until today at noon to request a review. 

The decision follows the caucus night debacle in collecting votes from caucus sites that led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results and inconsistencies in the numbers. 

The Democratic National Committee is calling for an immediate recanvassing of the Iowa caucus results after almost of week of concerns about the technical problems with a reporting app and other issues. The Exchange looks at how the problems unfolded. 

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Woodbury County residents will head to the polls March 3rd for a bond referendum to build a new law enforcement center and jail.

The board of supervisors has joined the city of Sioux City in signing off on that date. Now the city, the county and a joint jail authority they've created will launch a public information campaign.  Chair Matthew Ung says people can bring their questions or concerns about the new jail to any board meeting and the supervisors will do their best to answer them until the vote on March 3, 2020.

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It looks like virtual caucuses won’t be happening next year in Iowa. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is scrapping the process that would have allowed participants to caucus with their phones. The decision comes following recommendations from the Democratic National Committee. State party chair Troy Price says they take the DNC’s concerns over hacking seriously. 

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It looks like virtual caucuses won’t be happening next year in Iowa. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is scrapping the process that would have allowed participants to caucus with their phones. The decision comes following recommendations from the Democratic National Committee. State party chair Troy Price says they take the DNC’s concerns over hacking seriously.