Iowa Democrats exploring ways to expand caucus


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Iowa want to take steps to expand access to their state's leadoff presidential caucuses, addressing concerns raised by Hillary Rodham Clinton following her disappointing finish in 2008.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan says the party is pursuing changes like legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend the caucuses and creating satellite caucus sites for shift workers and elderly who can't easily participate.

Brennan tells members of the Democratic National Committee the party is also proposing out-of-state Iowans serving in the military could participate through a teleconferencing system.

After the 2008 caucuses, Clinton complained after her third place finish that the rules kept people who work nights from attending.

Clinton is the leading Democratic presidential contender in 2016 if she decides to run again.

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