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“The NV Dems are hosting the First in the West Caucus and need your help,” he wrote. “This 2020 Caucus will be Nevada’s most expansive, transparent, and accessible caucus yet and will build the foundation in Nevada to defeat Donald Trump. We will need help in a number of different ways leading up to and during Early Vote, Saturday, Feb. 15 – Tuesday, Feb. 18, and on Caucus Day, Saturday, Feb. 22.”
This latest controversy compounds upon that basic lack of preparedness and late-stage bad press about the first-in-the-west presidential primary which has steadily decreased confidence in the overall process and party overseeing those results.
One headline ran: “Nevada Democratic Party moves to muzzle election workers.” Another read: “Nevada caucus volunteers asked to sign NDAs protecting the Democratic Party.”
And the typical caucus chaos was an apparently egregious bit of rule-breaking from Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s leading surrogate:
Julian Castro is at the caucus site im at and just gave a speech to a precinct about supporting Warren although it’s against the rules for anyone not caucusing to do electioneering in the room. He told me he was “told it was okay,” before immediately leaving the room
— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) February 22, 2020
And, of course, a caucus in Nevada wouldn’t be complete without allegations of shenanigans targeting Sen. Bernie Sanders:
Volunteer caucus observers for Bernie being told we can’t canvas the line or talk to people outside the caucus, and we can’t bring any materials inside. Just watched Biden crew bring in boxes of materials with no issue.#NVCaucus #MojaveHighSchool #NevadaCaucus
— AnzBaNanz (@Anz_Ba_Nanz) February 22, 2020
And then there’s the math:
Slight confusion over viability here at one #NVcaucus site as Steyer hits 17 voters in one precinct. Viability requires 15 percent of total vote, so at 17.7 voters required, he doesn’t make the cut. pic.twitter.com/90ys89QVSS
— Pashtana U. (@pashtana_u) February 22, 2020
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In a fiery CNN segment, host Anderson Cooper called out an unrepentant Rod Blagojevich, on his third day out of prison following the commutation of his sentence by Donald Trump.
Mr Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, imprisoned in late 2011 following convictions in 17 out of 20 corruption charges, claimed that he was a “political prisoner” not dissimilar to Nelson Mandela and made excuses as to why he should not have been in prison.
Responding to his protestations and refusal to acknowledge established facts, Mr Cooper said: "You got out. You do have an obligation to at least admit what you did wrong.
“And you refused to do that, and you’re creating a whole new alternate universe of facts.”
He added: “And that may be big in politics today, but it’s still, frankly, just bulls***.”
“It’s not bulls***, I lived it myself,” Mr Blagojevic protested. “It’s not bulls*** at all.”
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