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I was one of hundreds who showed up at Abe and Jake's and after waiting an hour in the rain was told to go to Liberty Hall, only to be unable to get in there before the doors closed.
Hundreds tried, but didn't get to caucus.
They really out to do a poll that asks, "did you TRY to caucus but were unable to" !!
This poll doesn't really answer anything. Lots of people never tried. I would like to know how many tried and gave up before they got out of their cars, or were turned away after standing in line outside. THAT would be much more interesting.
I got in. I LOVED the Iowa Caucus in 2004- of course I was caucusing in a town of 3000 people, and I knew half of the caucus-goers.
I was really excited about this one- except that this time we were corralled into a pen at the 4-H fairgrounds with a couple thousand other people, and I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on because the PA system couldn't compete with the crowd. AND my car got stuck in the mud while trying to park!
Democratic process at work. Kansas should do primaries. or at least the big cities should.
so it was ill planned and city leaders under estimated the turn out and many people are very dissapointed, from all I have read from last night and today I would say if they plan on keeping the caucus instead of primary then they better plan better.
At least there was a caucus in the town where you live. In MOST small Kansas communities, people had to drive as far as 30 - 40 miles to get to a town where there was a caucus. And, in some of those caucus sites, there was NO alternate site. When the room capacities were reached - sometimes as small as 150, the doors closed and those in line were eliminated - no attempt whatsoever to determine any sort of proportioning.
To my understanding IF each Kansas taxpayer were willing to "donate" as little as 25 cents each year - or $1.00 every four years (in a way similar to Chickadee Checkoff or Meals on Wheels donations), the proceeds would pay for a REAL primary. Also, as I understand it, the main reason there was NOT a primary this year was because the Republican-loaded legislature would not vote to fund it. The big distinction being that primaries are state-funded, while caucuses are funded by the parties.
Therefore, a large segment of the Kansas population was - once again - disenfranchised.
Let's not let this happen again.
I did go, and I do have to admit, it was extremely poorly planned. Well underestimated turnout and poor organization inside.
But I still enjoyed the experience.
All we hear about is the dems caucus. The repubs were a poor turnout?
no I think that is saturday but I am not sure so do not quote me on that.
At my location, the Armory, they let anyone who was in line by 7pm caucus. About 7:30pm, they decided to let anyone who knew they didn't want to switch candidates and wanted to go home, be counted for their candidate and leave so they could get more people in. They said there were still about 250 people waiting in line outside at that time.
chemegirlie - I was at the armory too.
kneejerk - The Republican caucus is Saturday.
Before last's nights caucuses are labeled "poorly planned" we should find out what the turnout was in 2004 compared to last night.
About 1,300 people statewide attended the democratic caucus in 2004, according to the Kansan. On the other hand, it was in March, and Kerrey had already clinched the nomination by then.
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