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The Cricket & Seagull: LDS Dems credit record caucus numbers to letter from LDS First Presidency

Published: Wednesday, March 21 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis was delighted with the soaring numbers of LDS Utahns who turned out for the Democratic Party's caucus meetings last Tuesday, and Craig Janis, head of outreach for the LDS Dems Caucus, talked about the increased interest in the newly formed organization just this week.

With leaders of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressing concern over a lack of political participation in the state and amid worries over the ways an increasingly one-party system of government in the state can be harmful to all citizens, Mormon or not, LDS Democrats were impressed to hear the following read over the pulpit in church meetings in a letter from the First Presidency of the church in recent weeks:

"Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of the various political parties. We encourage members to attend their precinct caucus meetings."

In addition, the LDS Church directed local congregations to cancel activities on March 13 and 15, allowing church members to attend their Democratic and Republican caucus meetings held those evenings, respectively. The result? Record participation.

That's this week on the Cricket and Seagull.

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