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August 20, 2014

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Federal court hearing Thursday on Strip caucus sites

The lawsuit challenging at-large caucus sites on the Strip will go to a hearing in federal court in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks to block the state Democratic Party from opening nine caucus sites on the Strip. Those sites will make it easier for employees working Saturday to participate in the caucus, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

Each site will be open to anyone working within a 2 1/2-mile radius. All other Nevadans must report to a caucus site near to their homes.

The the Nevada State Education Association, which represents teachers, and five activists challenged the at-large sites, arguing that they give an unfair advantage to members of the Culinary union, which represents most rank-and-file workers on the Strip. Employees elsewhere in the state who work Saturday will have to take the time to drive to their neighborhood caucus site if they want to participate.

U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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