This past Friday was a true American testament to democracy in action -- and the power of the people. Around the nation people met in small (and large) groups and deliberated the important issues facing the nation as we choose our next president.
Caucuses also received a fair amount of local attention from the mainstream media, including *front page* coverage in Greensboro, NC and TV coverage by WNBC news in NY, the largest NBC affiliate in the nation.
But even better, people reported on their own caucus events! The story is being told! See for yourself: check out some of the footage on The National Presidential Caucus YouTube channel!
We'll be announcing the 'results' very soon ... so stay tuned!
ONLINE ACTIVISTS TO GATHER AT PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUSES
Online organizers in New Jersey are bringing both the party and
representative democracy to the process of choosing a
presidential primary candidate Friday evening.
The event, one of a dozen organized as part of
NationalCaucus.com, begins with a happy hour, features speeches
from local New Jersey politicians representing each of the
Democratic candidates, and includes a discussion of issues
facing the nation as well as a straw poll.
The Joplin Globe: Jasper County (MO) Republican Central Committee Endorses The National Presidential Caucus
John Putnam, chairman, Jasper County Republican Central Committee said Republican committee members voted to participate in National Presidential Caucus events set for Nov. 9 and Dec. 7. The goal of the bipartisan effort is to get residents involved in local caucuses to discuss the candidates, their stances and qualifications in advance of presidential preference primaries.
â€œThis is a non-binding effort to go online and get people involved and somehow make an expression of what they want,â€ Putnam said. â€œThe current primary system is front-loaded, and it favors the candidate with the greatest name recognition or money, which is not necessarily the most qualified candidate. What they (caucus organizers) want to avoid is being stuck with a nine-month campaign between two people who are not the top choice.â€ Link
110 days: The National Presidential Caucus, an online venture aimed at preparing voters for the flurry of votes set for next January and February, takes place. The goal is to use the Internet to organize face-to-face meetings of voters around the country. Former senators Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) and Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) have endorsed the concept. (08.18.07)
In December, a separate group is planning a national Internet presidential caucus. Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy and the University of Virginia's Center for Politics are among the groups that have signed on to help with the event, which would still require voters to meet in person to decide on their favorite nominee. Information about local caucusing sites and the results would be compiled and posted online.