DNC to reject Iowa and Nevada virtual caucus plans

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

August 30, 2019: The Democratic National Committee will reject Iowa’s and Nevada’s virtual caucus plans. Shirley Shawe spent $500,000 on an ad against Joe Biden.

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Noland Chambliss is an independent consultant with experience in organizational identity development and strategic communications. He graduated from Vassar College in 2006 with a degree in political science.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, field organizer and deputy field director

Other experience:

  • 2016 – present: Independent consultant
  • 2015 – present: The Dream Corps, board member
  • 2016-2018: SYPartners, strategist
  • 2012-2015: Change.org, strategic communications team and director of external affairs
  • 2009-2011: Chief of staff to Van Jones

Notable Quotes of the Day

“I don’t think the fact that [Kirsten Gillibrand] was talking about equal pay, sexual assaults in the military, or reproductive rights turned off any Democratic voters. I just think no candidate can only be focused on one gender.”

– Patti Solis Doyle, 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign manager

“She could never get enough oxygen. None of the candidates, outside just a few, really can. She just never got a look — a real look — from anybody outside the people she personally met. But the DNC qualifications squeezed the amount of time any of these candidates can actually do that.”

– Jeff Link, Democratic consultant


  • The Democratic National Committee will reject Iowa’s and Nevada’s virtual caucus plans because of security concerns. The states will need to find an alternative solution to be in compliance with new party rules on expanding access to voting.
  • Michael Bennet will campaign in Iowa Sunday with stops at Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.
  • Shirley Shawe, whose son’s business was hurt following a dispute in the Delaware Chancery Court system, spent $500,000 on an ad criticizing Joe Biden for defending the bankruptcy court system. It will begin airing this week in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Delaware.
  • Bill de Blasio spoke at the Nevada AFL-CIO annual convention Thursday.
  • On Monday, Cory Booker will campaign in Nevada and speak at Rep. Steven Horsford’s Labor Day Cookout.
  • Steve Bullock will campaign in Iowa from Friday through Sunday.
  • Pete Buttigieg senior adviser Lis Smith described the three phases of Buttigieg’s campaign in an interview with BuzzFeed News. The third and current phase, according to Smith, is building up campaign organization in the early primary states.
  • Julián Castro will continue to campaign in South Carolina Friday, with stops in Charleston and Beaufort. 
  • John Delaney released a statement about his decision to remain in the race after not qualifying for the third debate. It included 10 principles he said would be absent from that debate.
  • Tulsi Gabbard said she would not run as an independent candidate if her Democratic bid was unsuccessful. She will hold a town hall in Georgia Friday and campaign in Iowa over the weekend.
  • Kamala Harris issued a disability policy plan on Thursday, covering Medicare for All, long-term and in-home services, and senior-level White House positions for individuals with disabilities.
  • Amy Klobuchar announced she is opening five new field offices in New Hampshire in the coming weeks.
  • Beto O’Rourke issued his trade plan Thursday, which would eliminate Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods, allow for defensive currency intervention, and invest in job training programs to increase competitiveness.
  • Tim Ryan’s national organizing director, Zach Fang, has left Ryan’s campaign and joined Andrew Yang’s in the same role.
  • Bernie Sanders will campaign in South Carolina Friday and New Hampshire and Maine Sunday.
  • Tom Steyer released his tax returns from 2009 to 2017, showing he earned $1.2 billion and he and his wife paid $264 million in federal taxes and $141 million in state taxes.
  • Elizabeth Warren will make her fifteenth trip to New Hampshire on Monday, where she will hold a house party in Hampton Falls.
  • Marianne Williamson will campaign in Georgia over the weekend.


  • Donald Trump canceled a scheduled trip to Poland to remain in the United States as Hurricane Dorian approaches landfall on the East Coast. 
  • Joe Walsh said he thought that “there is certainly room for a viable third-party challenge next year” if he did not win the Republican nomination.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: August 30, 2015

The Hillary Clinton campaign announced that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen planned to endorse Clinton the following week.