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July 31, 2014

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One more thought on the Nevada caucuses

Ben Smith over at Politico.com captures some of the caucus chaos that drove so many Nevadans mad on Jan. 19. In town to cover the Democratic caucuses last month, Smith watched Chelsea Clinton mix it up with an Obama supporter, who was also the temporary chair for Precinct 2311 at Cimmaron-Memorial High School.

Smith's conclusion:

"My account here is going to be a bit confusing and inconclusive -- but it does carry at least one lesson: Caucuses are very hard to do right, and perhaps the parties should think again before giving an untested caucus system an important early slot."

Indeed, in the aftermath, Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Jill Derby told the Sun she expected the subject of what type of nominating contest the state uses -- caucus or primary -- to come up in the state Legislature because of so many Jan. 19 complaints.

Still, she said the caucus process grew the party's numbers, strengthened its infrastructure, and does not favor a change if it would affect Nevada's early-state status.

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