Rand would be wise to embrace his libertarian roots

randcpAs Kentucky Senator Rand Paul launches his presidential campaign, the immediate question that will be on everybody’s mind is, can he do something his father couldn’t do in two attempts – win the Iowa Caucuses ?

There are obvious benefits he will receive from Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Rand Paul will inherit a national fundraising base and grassroots network in a number of early states, but he will also benefit from a seasoned national staff in addition to a handful of Iowans that include former Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker and former Iowa GOP Co-Chairman David Fischer. Spiker and Fischer proved in 2012 that they know what they are doing when it comes to an Iowa caucus campaign.

A number of recent national news articles have commented on the “balancing act” that Paul is attempting in his presidential campaign as he tries to keep the libertarian leaning Republicans his father energized while also reaching out to more mainstream Republicans. As the Republican Party has become more hawkish over the past six months in regards to Iran and the Middle East, Paul’s balancing act has become more difficult.

Bloomberg reported on Monday that a conservative group called The Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America is already launching a campaign that essentially says that when it comes to dealing with Iran, Senator Paul is no different than Obama. If you think this will be some short-term effort just to cause Paul some grief as he announces his presidential campaign, think again. There will be plenty of money poured into the effort, and it’s likely that it will be around throughout the campaign.

Running a campaign that broadens one’s reach is always a good endeavor. Candidates do it all the time. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum want to appeal to more people than just social conservatives. Jeb Bush wants to appeal to conservative Republicans as much as he appeals to the moderate wing of the Republican Party. However, just because it’s a well-intentioned endeavor doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work.

At the end of the day, a candidate’s true colors will always show through. No matter how hard a guy like Santorum tries to focus on manufacturing and rebuilding the middle class in America, he will always be known as one of the more staunch social conservatives in the race. It might not be fair, but it is reality.

In this case, Senator Paul will either have to distance himself from his father’s libertarian views or embrace them. Sure, it would be nice to appeal to both segments of the Republican Party, but at the end of the day, or in this case, in the final months before the caucuses, Paul will have to make a choice.

First and foremost, Senator Paul needs to be true to himself. In my opinion, Paul’s best play for his presidential aspirations is to embrace his libertarian roots. Instead of giving you one good reason, how about we start with 26,036 reasons. That is the number of votes that Ron Paul received in Iowa in 2012. In a crowded GOP field that features multiple establishment candidates and scads of social conservatives, instead of 26,036 votes being good for third place in 2012, it may be enough to win the Iowa Caucuses outright in 2016.

What Ron Paul accomplished in 2012 is still impressive. The 26,036 votes account for nearly 22 percent of the entire caucuses vote. Ron Paul also won 16 counties in 2012, but finished a strong second in some of the states more populated counties like Dubuque, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story.

I also don’t think that Senator Paul has to shy away from his father’s libertarian brand of politics to increase his vote share. One of the main reasons why Ron Paul was able to grow his support in Iowa wasn’t just because he ran a better campaign, but because the issues that he was touting became more main-stream with Republican voters. Many of those same issues remain popular.

Another reason why Paul will naturally attract more voters than his father is his age. At 52, Senator Paul isn’t viewed as some crazy old man running for president, like his father unfortunately was often categorized as being. Essentially, what Senator Paul needs to try to accomplish is to be the same as his father on the issues but with more appealing packaging.

The way for Rand Paul to expand his network isn’t to run away for his father, it’s to embrace his father. Be the libertarian in the race. Not only will it provide Senator Paul with a big base of support, but it will also allow him to better message to younger voters while also appealing to the more contrarian voter who is always looking for a good fight.

Survey the recent headlines. There are signs of weakness from Paul as he tries to be all things to all people. Doing so not only generates negative news articles, but also allows his opponents to easily attack him. However, if Paul were to embrace his libertarian roots, there are not many candidates in the field that have what it takes to win that kind of argument or wage the type of campaign it would take to beat him.

The more libertarian-leaning Senator Paul becomes, the better his odds of winning Iowa.

 

Photo by Dave Davidson – Prezography.com

Former Iowa GOP Executive Director Walks Away With $38k – Leaves RPI Broke

Bierfeldt RPIA March press release announcing the resignation of A.J. Spiker as chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) boasted, “Spiker leaves the Republican Party of Iowa with more than $300,000 cash on hand, zero debt and with a voter registration advantage for Republicans over the Iowa Democratic Party.”

However, the June campaign finance report that the Iowa GOP filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over the weekend shows that just four months later the party was effectively broke. The Iowa GOP showed a little more than $300,000 in the bank in its federal account at the end of 2013, but since then the party’s bottom line has plummeted to just over $11,000.

At the beginning of June, RPI had a balance of $130,399.15 cash on hand, according to documents it filed with the FEC. The Iowa GOP took in $29,000, which included $17,500 from the Republican National Committee in June, but expended $148,783 from its federal account. This left the party with just $11,219 in its federal account—the lowest ending balance since Dec. 1999.

It’s been well documented that fundraising under Spiker’s leadership was anemic, and it certainly didn’t improve under Danny Carroll’s brief chairmanship. It’s apparent that Carroll conducted no fundraising of consequence during the two-and-a-half months that he led the party.

Perhaps more disturbing than the lack of fundraising at RPI was the complete lack of controls on spending during Carroll’s brief tenure. During the final three weeks of Carroll’s chairmanship, Steve Bierfeldt—Spiker’s hand-picked executive director—received roughly $38,000 in payments after taxes.

Bierfeldt’s regular bi-monthly salary disbursement was $2,831.44, according to past FEC reports. But in June he was paid sums of $8,590.91 on May 23, $15,283.48 on June 5, $11,295.28 on June 13, and $2,831.44 on June 20.

Republican activists and operatives have heard rumors that Carroll provided Bierfelt a severance bonus, supposedly hoping that it would facilitate a seamless transition. However, the new administration struggled to obtain correct passwords to social media accounts, the party’s website, email accounts, and financial information.

Bierfeldt, who was well compensated as the party’s executive director, wrote on his personal blog that he planned to travel the world after his job ended. His posts seem to indicate no remorse for an apparent premeditated effort to drain the party’s finances to finance a whirlwind trip around the globe.

Bierfeldt started writing more about his travel plans around the time of the January precinct caucuses, when it became clear that Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign had aggressively organized its supporters to caucus and advance as delegates.

“When the current job I have comes to it’s conclusion, whenever that may be, I’ve decided I am going to travel around the world. For at least one year. This isn’t something I’m just considering, or I think might be fun, or something I’ll give serious decision [sic] to… This is something that I’ve decided. It’s going to happen. And I feel great about it.” Bierfeldt wrote in a January 27 post.

He recapped his plan less than a month ago, particularly to “save up money specifically for this trip,” and he wrote that his voyage had begun.

Around December/January of 2014, I decided that when my primary job finished, I’d travel the world for (at least) a year. I made it one of my major goals to save up money specifically for this trip. Now that that job has finished, I’ve been traveling a bit with plans to travel even more,” Bierfeldt wrote in a July 19 post.

Even before that, his writing makes clear that a significant chunk of his attention was focused on activities outside of the Iowa GOP, and—ironically—Bierfeldt pitched himself as an expert fundraiser at the same time the state party was routinely burning through more money in a month than it raised.

Bierfeldt authored an e-book called “How to Raise $1,000 in a Single Day” according to a June 2 blog post, the day before Iowa’s primary elections. Bierfeldt’s chutzpah is shocking considering the state of disarray in which he left RPI’s finances.

“I’ve asked for hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, even as much as a quarter of a million dollars. And you know what? More often than not, I’ve gotten it!” he wrote on page 5 of his ebook. “It’s not because I know some secret handshake or Jedi mind trick… I practice the very basic skills that allow activists, businessmen and candidates to raise money quickly and effective [sic].”

Even though Bierfeldt was handsomely compensated throughout his time at RPI and as he was departing the Iowa GOP, his attention has been elsewhere for most of his controversial tenure. Severance packages are rare for at-will employees of political parties.  Staffers typically know that positions are not long-term. Employees are also aware of how leadership changes can impact their jobs.

Now that the previous administration has left the building, the new leadership team has to to pick up the pieces. Essentially, it must rebuild the party from scratch in the midst of a competitive series of statewide and federal races

“I’m disappointed in the mismanagement of the party’s affairs by previous staffers and leaders, but my job isn’t to look backward. The FEC report speaks for itself,” Jeff Kaufmann, the newly-elected chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, said in a statement. “Every day and night, I’m raising money, supporting Republican candidates at events across the state, and scrambling to build the best GOTV program the Iowa GOP has ever seen.”

Kaufmann has made recapitalizing the Iowa GOP’s federal account a top priority. After his election as chairman, he pledged to raise $300,000 by the end of September. While that appears to be a lofty goal, the Iowa GOP will need an influx of cash just to meet payroll.

Party sources indicate that Kaufman is making rapid progress toward his fundraising goal, and all coalitions of the party are eager to move beyond constant infighting and toward a unified effort to succeed in the November 4 midterm elections.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

 

Spiker’s Resignation Puts RPI in a Pickle

The decision by Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker to resign his chairmanship in March before the District and State conventions is less than ideal.  The fact that Spiker is surrendering his post to go to work for Rand Paul’s leadership PAC is even more troubling given that Senator Paul isn’t up for re-election and there is no reason to start a presidential campaign until the 2014 elections are in the books.

Spiker is leaving the party at a time when the Iowa GOP actually has work to do.  One of the few duties explicitly spelled out by the Republican Party of Iowa Constitution is for the Iowa GOP to conduct precinct caucuses and county, district, and state conventions.  Local Republican activists do a lot of the planning and organizing of the precinct caucuses and county conventions, but the state party begins to take on a more predominant role once the district and state conventions role around.

Having a chairman step down in the midst of a term has sadly become common in Iowa.  In fact, three of the last four individuals who have chaired the Republican Party of Iowa, Ray Hoffmann, Matt Strawn, and now Spiker, have all resigned in an election year before their term was up.  Needless to say, leadership changes bring staff changes, and in the end, this means that the Republican Party of Iowa once again finds itself in a period of upheaval.

“I am not a big fan of folks resigning before completion of their terms,” Bill Keettel, the chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party, told TheIowaRepublcian.com.  “I am not a big fan of ‘coups’ within party organizations.  Our model is the republican “presidential” system, not the parliamentary ‘vote of no confidence’ system.  I was opposed to Matt Strawn being forced out before the end of his term.  I think some of the rancor we have experienced for two years was related to that.  Johnson County was never one of those counties that called for A.J.’s resignation.  If it had come up, I would have opposed it.”

Keettel went onto say, “It is my understanding that A.J. made his decision to resign effective March 29 because he had a job offer that requires him to be free by then.  If so, we can cope with that, although I would rather see him complete his term.  Keettel added, “Good luck to A.J., good luck to the party moving out of a complicated time into a more cooperative time of solid growth and forward motion.”

Spiker’s resignation would be more problematic had the Iowa GOP been tasked with playing a more prominent role in the RNC’s Victory program in the state.  In recent years, the tense relationship between Spiker and Governor Branstad forced the RNC to construct the Victory program around the Branstad campaign and not the Republican Party of Iowa.  Still, Spiker’s decision to go to work for a 2016 presidential campaign before primary day in 2014 puts the party, especially the Republican State Central Committee, in a pickle.

Spiker’s resignation will become official on March 29th, the date of the State Central Committee’s quarterly business meeting.  That meeting should be a time when the State Central Committee is focused on upcoming district and state conventions, but instead, they are going to be distracted by yet another chair election.

Complicating maters is that the March 29th meeting of the State Central Committee will likely be one of the last times the current committee meets.  In April, delegates to the Republican District Conventions will elect new people to represent them on the State Central Committee.

It is no secret that wholesale changes are expected on the governing board of the Republican Party of Iowa.  Thus, if a new chairman is elected at the March 29th meeting, the chairman will answer to an entirely new committee the next time they gather.  The question that many Iowa Republicans are talking about is whether or not the new committee stick with the chairman the old committee elects.

Danny Carroll, the current co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa who was just elected to his post in February, is the only announced candidate seeking the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Iowa.  Carroll told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday that he’s not interested in being an interim chairman and went so far to say, “I will not serve as chairman until the new one is selected,” Carroll told Kathie Obradovich.  While Carroll’s position is understandable, the chairman serves at the pleasure of the Republican State Central Committee, and if the new committee elected in April wants to go in a different direction, there are steps they can take to remove a current chairman.

That’s a messy situation, and frankly, it does nothing but create hard feelings.  At least one current Central Committee member, Jamie Johnson, is advocating for the committee to appoint the Iowa GOP’s co-chair as an interim chairman until the new committee is seated following the state convention in June.  The proposal has merit, but for it to come to fruition, it will need to be supported by a majority of the voting members of the State Central Committee.  That may be difficult with the current makeup of the committee.

Should the State Central Committee elect Carroll, he would likely make staff changes in order to bring in people to run the party that are loyal to him.  With the party already being in a weakened financial state and not playing a major role in the RNC’s Victory program, hiring and firing staff isn’t what the party should be doing, especially considering that a new committee could choose to go in a different direction when it gathers for the first time.

Spiker’s resignation creates turmoil for the current and future State Central Committee, but some Republicans are also just glad that he’s out of the picture.  Bob Haus, a Vice President at a Des Moines public affairs company, admitted that Spiker was never ready for prime time.  “His tenure as chairman was rocky at best.  He put the party in severe financial strain, and his decision to abruptly leave adds the possibility of the party having three chairmen in a 90-day period.  It is hard to build continuity with constant dysfunction.”  Haus added that Spiker’s resignation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the timing is bad.

Spiker’s tenure as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa was rocky to say the least, but some County GOP leaders do acknowledge that not everything the Spiker administration did was bad.

“The one improvement I can say I noticed right away when the current leadership took over was the improvement in the RPI web site,” said Pottawattamie County GOP Chairman Jeff Jorgenson. “It was a big improvement over what we had earlier. Also, materials for caucus and conventions did get to us a little earlier than in the past, and I appreciated the candidate and caucus training that RPI presented,” he added.

Jorgenson said he didn’t know how much credit Spiker deserves for those things, but acknowledges that they occurred under his leadership.  “I didn’t know A.J. personally, and we really didn’t have much of a working relationship because of our physical location out here on the Western frontier.  Our county party has always been far removed from the state party and the governor’s office,” Jorgenson said.

“I wasn’t all that surprised by the chairman’s resignation. I don’t feel he was doing what needed to be done to fully support Republican candidates and the Republican Party in Iowa. The first thing you need to do as Chairman of RPI is raise money for candidates and the party. The second thing you need to do as chairman is help elect all Republican candidates, including the Governor. That IS what you’re there for, regardless of your principles. The third thing you need to do as chairman is organize, organize, organize… That is the one thing this leadership appeared to be a little better at than previous leadership,” Jorgenson concluded.

The next couple of months could be a bumpy ride for the Republican Party of Iowa.  Electing new a leadership team can easily turn into a soap opera, but the possibility that the Iowa GOP could have two chairman elections in as many months only distracts and divides the party at a time when it needs to be united in advance of the general election.

The Republican State Central Committee is full of different personalities, and while the member of the current committee are well within their rights to fill the vacancy created by Spiker’s resignation, they are charged with looking out for the Iowa GOP’s best interest.  Electing a new chairman two weeks before a new Republican State Central Committee is seated is simply asking for problems.

 

Photo by Gage Skidmore

 

Will RPI Run Out of Money Before State Convention? The New Years Eve Round Up

The Republican Party of Iowa continues to struggle to raise money.  For the month of November, the party raised just $5,517.46 and spent $45,151.89.  Chairman A.J. Spiker likes to thwart any criticism of RPI’s finances by saying that the party is in good fiscal health and is among the top ten of GOP state parties in terms of cash on hand, but one can’t deny that the party continues to spend more money than it raises.

In the month of November, RPI raised just $5,517.46 for it’s federal account, while they spent $45,1515.89.  The party reported having $168,777.21 cash on hand.  They started the year with $295,000 in the bank, meaning they have now spent $126,000 more than they have taken in.  The $295,000 they had in the bank included a $110,000 postage refund from the United States Postal Service, money that was given to the party by the RNC and other Republican organizations for the 2012 elections.

If you take out the $110,000 that the Iowa GOP never raised and failed to refund to the group or groups that funded various mailings, the party would only have $58,000 in the bank, meaning they would have spent $236,00 more in 2013 than they raised.  Unless fundraising turns around or the RNC funnels large amounts of money through the party for its 2014 election activities, the Iowa GOP may zero out its federal fund before the state convention in June.

Andy FAILS

It’s no secret that WHO TV’s junior sports reporter Andy Fales is a liberal sympathizer, but if he’s going to rip the Duck Dynasty boys, he should at least try to not contradict what he says in his very next breath.

In Fales’ “I Think” segment on Sunday night, he stated, “I think it’s great that the United States Olympic delegation will be headed up by some openly gay athletes.  It’s a sort of middle finger to the Russians and a salute back to the Jesse Owens and Berlin games of 1936.  I’m not sure that the Duck Dynasty guys would like it, but I understand that these guys are on TV for entertainment, not to give out social cues.”

Athletes are on TV for entertainment purposes as well, so why do we have to take social cues from them?  But wait, I’m pretty sure if I took the time to go through the Sound Off archives, I could probably find Andy ripping Tim Tebow for his faith.  You know what bugs me Andy? A pompous sports guys who thinks he has the world all figured out, when in fact said pompous sports guy obviously isn’t as smart (or logically consistent) as he thinks he is.  Mr. Fales only gets to push his liberal agenda because, like the Duck Dynasty guys, he’s an entertainer on TV, too.

Republican State Senate Leadership Jockeying Begins

A few Republican State Senators have begun jockeying for the Whip position in the Iowa Senate.  The position was vacated last week when Sen. Rick Bertrand stepped down in order to focus on his own re-election campaign.  Two Des Moines metro area senators are interested in the position – Jake Chapman and Jack Whitver.  Whitver, who is up for re-election this year, is also considering running for the now open congressional seat.  Whitver will have to make up his mind soon as Senate Republicans are planning to caucus on January 7th.

What’s the Big Deal?

Shane Blanchard, a recently elected member of the Waukee City Council, has admitted that he created an alias on Facebook under the fictitious name of Jim Buchamen.  Blanchard used his fake Facebook account to take shots at another Waukee City Council member.

While I do not condone Blachard’s behavior, I also don’t think it warranted a lengthy Des Moines Register article either.  Facebook is full of fictitious accounts.  Various campaigns have been known to create fake Facebook profiles, email accounts, or post anonymous comments with misleading names on websites like TheIowaRepublican.com.  For the record, my cat, Charlie Robinson, is on Facebook.  He doesn’t post much, a meow here and a meow there, but I guess it could be said that I too have a fictitious Facebook account.

It also should be noted that Michael Gartner, a former editor of the Des Moines Register and former member of the Iowa Board of Regents, writes an anonymous weekly column in City View that is full of snarky comments and is often used to criticize his political rivals.  So if the Register is going to devote column inches to cover Blanchard, maybe they should do the same with liberal Michael Gartner.

Story Suggestions for 2014

I have a number of articles in the works for January of 2014, but I would also like to ask you to leave some suggestions for stories that you would like to see reported on in the comment section.  I have a number of things in the works that involve the congressional and U.S. Senate races, as well as 2016 presidential politics.  If there are issues or subjects that you would like to see covered on TIR, please let us know.

 

 

Santa Paul – Ron Paul to host Texas Fundraiser for RPI

I know it’s only Tuesday, but since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, I thought it might make sense to do our weekly roundup early as many of you may be watching football or shopping on Friday.

Santa Paul – Ron Paul to host Texas Fundraiser for RPI

In August of 2012, now-Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chairman David Fischer, Finance Chairman Drew Ivers, and Executive Director Steve Bierfeldt, stood on the floor of the Republican National Convention and proudly awarded Ron Paul 22 of Iowa’s 28 national delegates.

It didn’t matter to them that Paul had finished in third place behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in the caucuses.  They were proud to deliver Ron Paul an Iowa victory regardless of how badly it would reflect on Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Republican caucuses.  As one would expect, Ron Paul himself remains grateful.

This holiday season, Ron Paul is attempting to give back to those who gave so unselfishly to his presidential campaign.  On Friday, December 13th, Ron Paul is organizing a Houston fundraiser to raise money for the Republican Party of Iowa.  The Eventbrite invitation promises that the event will be the “Christmas Party of the Century.

For a donation of $250, you can attend Ron Paul’s Iowa GOP Christmas Party at the Hilton Post Oak hotel in Houston, Texas.  For an additional $1,000, you can attend a Presidential Suite Private Briefing and Reception with Ron Paul before the Christmas Party.  Both donations entitle you to have your picture taken with Ron Paul.

This isn’t the first time Ron Paul has shown his appreciation of the current leadership of the Iowa GOP.  In May of 2012, the Daily Paul organized an Iowa GOP Money Bomb.  The website wrote, “The RPI is OUR baby now. The establishment has left her on our doorstep, has stepped back and is hoping that WE will let her die.”  The site did another “money bomb” in January of 2013, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul headlined the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln dinner this spring.

The Republican Party of Iowa could use an influx of contributions before the end of the year.  According to the Federal Election Commission, the Republican Party of Iowa has only had two months in 2013 in which they raised more than $100,000.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the party has spent more than it has raised in six of the last ten months and is just barely in the black.  Heading into 2014, the Republican Party of Iowa has raised just $46,591 more than they have spent.

You can watch Santa Paul dance by clicking here.

Not So Quick Hits…

The Christmas Candle:

I’m not an expert when it comes to the movie industry, but I thought that the movie’s performance over the weekend was solid.  Some liberal publications have called the movie a flop, but let’s not fool ourselves, this movie is not even in the same league as the latest Hunger Games or Thor installment.  The Christmas Candle, which was only available in 392 theaters, grossed $832,927 this weekend.  Not bad for a faith-based Christmas film considering it’s limited exposure.

Progress Iowa is upset about the state making progress under Branstad:

Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped again this month.  It currently stands at 4.6 percent, down from 6.1 percent when Governor Branstad took office in January of 2011.  As one would expect, the Branstad campaign was quick to trumpet the state’s success, which caused one liberal organization to sound stupid.

Matt Sinovic, the executive director of Progress Iowa, told the Des Moines Register, “Gov. Branstad needs to stop playing games with the truth and start working on behalf of middle class Iowa families.  He and his administration have tried to hide their woeful record on job creation with deceptive math, rather than spend time fixing the problem.”

I’m sure that most Iowans who read the Register’s article that included Sinovic’s quote scratched their heads like I did.  Maybe I’m a little naïve, but last I checked the unemployment rate going down was good news.

Mr. Sinovic made an appearance on WHO TV 13’s “Insiders” program with Dave Price on Sunday morning.  Sinovic continued to push the narrative that the Branstad administration has a horrible record on job creation.  If the 1.5 percent drop in the unemployment rate under Branstad is awful, then what word would Mr. Sinovic use to describe the 2.5 percent increase in the unemployment rate under Democrat Governor Chet Culver?

Perhaps my favorite part of Sinovic’s interview on WHO TV was when Price asked his to describe his definition of a progressive. Sinovic stated that a progressive is someone whose end goal is to make progress.  “We won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Sicovic told Price.  Isn’t Progress Iowa doing just that with Branstad and the jobs numbers?  I guess Sinovic isn’t a progressive then, he’s just another classic liberal.

Jack Trice Stadium

The $25 million gift that Iowa State University announced yesterday is a great story and a good reason for Iowa State fans to get excited.  Enclosing the south end zone will make Jack Trice look and feel like a big time facility.  My only question is whether it is a good investment in a team that is coming off a dreadful two-win season.

Even as a Hawkeye fan, I will admit that Jack Trice Stadium is my least favorite place to visit every other year.  While enclosing the south end zone would only improve the Cyclones home field advantage, you have to have butts in the seats to make it work.

There is nothing positive about a two-win season in year five of Paul Rhodes’ tenure at Iowa State.  While Rhodes seems to garner a lot of good will and media attention for his post game press conferences, his record in the Big 12 is less than stellar.

The renovation plans look amazing, but it would be more exciting if the Iowa State Football team looked more promising.  Rhodes better be careful, if he has another 2-9 season people might start calling Jack Trice Stadium – Just Twice Stadium.

National Right to Work Committee’s Iowa Activities Questioned 

Russ Choma with OpenSecrets.org has published an interesting article that could get the National Right to Work Committee in some hot water.  The source of the information is Dennis Fusaro, a former employee of the National Right to Work Committee.  The alleged infractions involve a number of current and former Republican legislators, including former State Senator Kent Sorenson.

The allegations are too numerous summarize.  You can read the article by clicking here.

The New Composition of the SCC of the Iowa GOP

The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee is comprised of 16 elected representatives from the state’s four congressional districts, the national committeewoman and committeeman who are elected at the state convention, and the chairman and co-chairman who are elected by the committee.  Neither the chairman nor the co-chairman vote unless a vote is deadlocked in a tie.  In that instance the chairman votes to break the tie.

On Saturday, supporters of Ron Paul increased the number of members they have on the committee.  In addition to those members who have strong connections to Paul and the Campaign for Liberty, additional members were either elected or re-elected that give the Paul faction an even firmer grasp on the committee that it may appear.

Below is a list of the current central committee and their ties, if any, to Ron Paul or the Campaign for Liberty.

1st District:

David Chung: None
Dave Cushman: Supported Ron Paul
Tony Krebsbach:
Supported Ron Paul
Loras Schulte:
None

2nd District:

Bob Anderson: Unknown
Mark Doland:
Worked for Bachmann, but political views and mindset are similar to the Paul supporters.
Marcus Fedler:
Supported Ron Paul
Jeff Shipley:
Supported Ron Paul

3rd District:

Wes Enos: Worked for Bachmann, but was nominated by State Rep. Kim Pearson, a Paul supporter, and voted for A.J. Spiker for chairman.
John Kabitzke:
Supported Ron Paul
Gopal Krishna:
Supported A.J. Spiker for chairman, Steve Scheffler’s right-hand-man.
Joel Kurtinitis:
Supported Ron Paul

4th District

Jamie Johnson: None
Tim Moran:
None
Chad Steenhoek:
Supported Gingrich, but political views and mindset are similar to the Paul supporters.  Also received $2000 for Liberty PAC for his 2010 legislative campaign.
Kris Thiessen:
Supported Ron Paul

Iowa Members of the Republican National Committee

Chairman A.J. Spiker: Paid operative for Ron Paul and Iowa Campaign for Liberty leader.
Kim Lehman:
Santorum supporter, but nominated A.J. Spiker for chairman.
Steve Scheffler:
Voted for Spiker for Chairman, hosting U.S. Senator Rand Paul at his organization’s annual spring event in May.

Iowa GOP SCC by the Numbers

Total voting members: 18 (19 counting the chairman)
Members whit no connection to Ron Paul: 4
Affiliations Unknown: 1
Members with some connection to Paul: 13 (14 including the chairman)

 

Photo by Dave Davidson – Prezography.com

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