Scott Danks defends Democratic City Council caucus

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Questions have been raised after what happened after the Evansville City Council meeting on Monday night. Democratic members held a caucus behind closed doors to discuss leadership for next year. 

Eyewitness News was waiting outside on Monday night as Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Danks and council members left the meeting. No one was willing to talk on camera. 

Danks said on Tuesday the caucus was held in his office with five Democratic members of the city council. He says it was perfectly legal.

“The Democrats have majority on the city council,” said Danks, “so have five members here which constitutes a quorum. But so long as you are a member of the same political party, it’s a caucus. And so, that doesn’t violate the Open Door Law.”

Danks say caucuses are held frequently by both political parties on the local, state, and national level. He says no vote was held during Monday night’s meeting.

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(This story was originally published on December 12, 2017)

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