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caucus:

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in U.S. politics, a gathering of delegates to nominate candidates for elective office and to formulate party policy. They are held at the national, state, and local levels.
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caucus

1. Chiefly US and Canadian
a. a closed meeting of the members of one party in a legislative chamber, etc., to coordinate policy, choose candidates, etc.
b. such a bloc of politicians
2. Chiefly US
a. a group of leading politicians of one party
b. a meeting of such a group
3. Chiefly US a local meeting of party members
4. Brit a group or faction within a larger group, esp a political party, who discuss tactics, choose candidates, etc.
5. Austral a meeting of the members of the Federal parliamentary Labor Party
6. NZ a formal meeting of all Members of Parliament belonging to one political party
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Harper announced the new system to MPs at the summer party caucus meeting in Ottawa in August, 2010 (MacLeod 2010; Persichilli 2010a, and 2010b; Stanbury 2010; Taber 2010).
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Decisions ought to be taken democratically, much closer to the people, rather than in party caucus meetings, closer to those who seek control over us.
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