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Democrats Pitch Expanding Caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Democrats are offering proposals for how to expand access to the state's presidential caucuses.
   Party adviser Norm Sterzenbach says Iowa Democrat Party Chairman Scott Brennan will unveil the recommendations Friday before the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee in Washington.
   The proposals include pushing for legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend their precinct caucus, as well as hiring a staff member to focus on caucus accessibility.
   The party also wants to provide satellite caucus sites for those who can't easily participate. And they are proposing that Iowans serving in the military could participate through a video-conferencing system.
   The committee will not take action on the broad proposals Friday. The state party must still develop a complete plan to present for approval next spring.

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