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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).
It was the Senate, where the tea party caucus does not hold the balance of power, that came through.
In a recent news release, Peter advised me that his party caucus had approved all of the measures for veterans' benefits he had proposed.
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.
40) During 2004-09 there were ten party caucuses (fraksi) in the Indonesian parliament, namely: (i) the Golkar Party caucus (F-PG), (ii) the Indonesia Democratic Party for Struggle caucus (F-PDIP), (iii) the United Development Party caucus (F-PPP), (iv) the Democratic Party caucus (F-PD), (v) the National Mandate Party caucus (F-PAN), (vi) the National Awakening Party caucus (F-PKB), (vii) the Prosperous Justice Party caucus (F-PKS), (viii) the Reform Star Party caucus (F-PBR), (ix) the Prosperous Justice Party caucus (F-PDS), and (x) the Democratic Star Vanguard caucus (F-BPD).
Bachmann, who founded the House Tea Party caucus and made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination earlier this year, went as far as to call the president 'anti-American' four years ago.
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Though I'd be the first to say that screaming at staff at the Charlottetown Airport is not appropriate behaviour for a Member of Parliament, and that allowing your husband to use your office on Parliament Hill for his own business purposes is a bad idea, Guergis nonetheless deserves an explanation as to why she's been kicked out of the Conservative Party caucus.
On Tuesday, no incumbent members of the current Cabinet of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama took part in the group visit, which was headed by Hidehisa Otsuji, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party caucus in the upper house.