Iowa Democrats will hold the kick-off event of the 2004 Presidential election on Monday, January 19th — the Martin Luther King holiday. Iowa Democratic Party chairman Gordon Fischer says they’re trying to figure out a way to honor King as part of the precinct-level meetings. Fischer says they’re working on getting a letter from King’s son, Martin Luther King the third, that’ll be read at each of the 1,196 precinct meetings in Iowa. There’ll be a moment of silence to honor King, too.Fischer says the Iowa Caucuses pose a unique opportunity to honor King, a man who committed his life to changing society through grassroots politics. Fischer says that’s what the Iowa Caucuses are all about. Fischer says they’ve not gotten complaints about scheduling the Caucuses on King’s Birthday. And he has no fear turnout at the Caucuses will be lower because of the holiday. Fischer expects record turnout, and having the Caucuses on a holiday may be an advantage because people won’t be exhausted from a workday and will find it easier to get to a 6:30 p.m. Caucus. Fischer will solicit ideas for other ways to honor King when he meets with other party executives at the Democratic National Committee gathering today in Washington, D.C.
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