Live— Photo-Blogging the Nodaway, Iowa Democratic Caucus

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Photo-blogging the Nodaway, Iowa caucus…

My sister Becky in Iowa is holding a caucus session at her home tonight in Nodaway, Iowa.

Becky is a talented artist and musician. She teaches Spanish at the local high school. She has a conservative husband Gary who has worked as a park ranger for over 30 years in different Iowa state parks. Becky and Gary have four sons. Two of her sons are currently in the military and stationed in Bahrain. CNN called my sister earlier in the week and asked to come and film her Nodaway caucus meeting but backed out today. That was a bad move for CNN. Becky would be the picture-perfect democrat for CNN to showoff to the rest of America.
But, they didn’t.

Here are a few photos from the Nodaway, Iowa (population 127) caucus:

Here’s some background on the action in Iowa tonight:

Public schools, libraries, churches and city halls are many of the locations where Iowa decision-makers were headed to cast their vote to choose delegates to attend a series of conventions that will determine the state’s representatives to the Democratic and Republican national conventions next summer.

The Iowa State Historical Museum, for instance, is home for five of the 1,781 precincts — three Democratic, including the 64th, and two Republican — caucusing. People were required to have come through the door before 7 p.m. CST in order to participate so voting coudl begin promptly. That appeared impossible as the deadline rolled by.

Of the 3 million residents in Iowa, 2 million are registered voters, but only about 150,000 Democrats and 80,000 Republicans were expected to show at the caucus sites.


Here my sister is reading the agenda and instructions to the Democrats who had assembled at her home.


In this photo the Nodaway democrats sign up to caucus. Three high school students and two college students attended the caucus. The high schoolers (who are going to be 18 by November 4, 2008) got extra credit for attending the caucus. They were also able to register to vote at the caucus. You could also sign up for an absentee ballot at the caucus.


Let the politicking begin!
Thanks to Kate Shipley, a local teacher, for sending the photos live from the caucus.


It was a lively discussion.


Uh-Oh… The arms are waving.

This is how the Nodaway, Iowa Democrats ended up:

– 1 Delegate for Richardson
– 1 delegate for Obama (Obama had the most in his corner)
– 1 delegate for Edwards

No delegates for Hillary Clinton(?)

Nodaway will send 3 delegates to the county convention- then district- then the state assembly.

Everything went along just fine. Only one person got stuck in the driveway.

My sister Becky was voted the Caucus chair.
Good job, Sis.

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