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Post-Convention Pain

Well, I am amazed at how people who are supposed to have a common mission, a common cause, can find themselves so divided.  Of course, we’ve had over 232 years of that.

What’s really surprising to me is that the Iowa Republican State Convention actually had very little real conflict.  There was some, but we managed to work through it.  I’m sorry about those that had bad experiences this year.

I agree whole heartedly with commoniowan at Iowa Defense Alliance: stop the attacks within the party.  Let’s all behave with the kindness, integrity and graciousness of Sandy Greiner (State Representative) and start talking about the issues, the candidates, knocking on doors, etc, and get Republicans elected!…


Done With Flood Patrol

The waters have receded in Iowa for now, and although the task is still long and hard ahead of so many Iowans, we’ve moved the links related to the flood off of the sidebar and onto a separate page.  If you select the “Other Resources” page above, one of the choices on that page will be “Floods of 2008”.  Or use this link.

We continue to pray for and support those who were impacted by the flood.  As the Iowa General Assembly comes together either later this year or during the regular 2009 session, we will cover the major decisions that face them and the impacts these decisions will have on the state of Iowa.…


2008 Iowa State Republican Convention – The Rest Of The Story

The afternoon of the convention went fairly smoothly. As I mentioned yesterday, we heard the results of the National Committee Man and Woman.

I appreciate the way that Stew Iverson kept things moving by inserting speeches at places where there were dead spots because of voting and such.

We heard the report of the Nominating Committee. As mentioned yesterday, names can be substituted by amending the report. And of course, someone made a motion to amend the report. It took over 30 minutes, but the amendment was approved and a name was substituted for another. 22 at-large delegates plus 22 alternates to attend the National Convention, and two more electors for the Presidential Election if McCain takes Iowa.

Kim Schmett spoke in the afternoon. …


2008 Iowa State Republican Convention – More To Come

Well, the convention is over. We wrapped up, unbelievably, at 5:30 PM.

I have more to share about the afternoon, but I need to do a few things at home… I’ll finish the update in the morning.…


2008 Iowa State Republican Convention – Midday

In case you’re new, I’m a delegate to the Iowa State Republican Convention this year. And it is today.

So far we’ve had an interesting day. I thought for sure we were in for a long haul after the extended time spent on the report from the Rules Committee. One of the rules basically said that we would not have nominations from the floor for at-large delegates to the National Convention. The fact is, there is a mechanism for the convention to change the names of the delegates by requesting amendments to the Nominating Committee report. But before that became clear to the convention, we had already a motion to delete the rule, which led to a voice vote that was not 100% clear, and …


Local Republican Leaders Provide Candid Perpective

Steve Deace had probably the best group of people on his show today for talking about local Republican politics and why we are struggling as a party to make an impact in the Iowa Statehouse, and on the national scene. The group included outgoing Polk County (Iowa) Republican Party Chair and State Central Committee member Ted Sporer, National Committee Woman Candidate and Iowa Right To Life President Kim Lehman, Steve Scheffler President of Iowa Christian Alliance and National Committee Man Candidate, and Stew Iverson who is chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.

Quite an interesting banter. I have not had time to listen to the entire broadcast (podcast page here) but am listening to it now.

The big item from …


State Political Conventions in Iowa POSTPONED!

Both the Democrats and Republicans have agreed to postpone their conventions, which were scheduled for this weekend. Flooding throughout the state will make it very difficult for people to travel let alone leave whatever chaos is currently ensuing in their homes and communities.

This was an exceptional decision by both parties’ leaders. We commend them for being proactive and thoughtful about the impact and burden holding these events would place on Iowans.

Democrats have yet to announce the new date for their convention. Republicans will gather on July 11 and 12.

No news yet on the availability of national figures like Huckabee and Gingrich who were scheduled to speak this weekend.

This will be good for me… the weekend was looking crazy with the …


Interesting Day

Just a few reflections on the day…

Politics:

News reports put Hillary ending her campaign on Friday or Saturday. As usual, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s sad that Hillary has had such a hard time concluding her campain:

“We pledged to support her to the end,” said Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. “Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.”

Meanwhile, Ann Coulter (yes, I know that last time I mentioned her I was not very gracious) shares some valuable insights comparing Hillary’s complaints about popular votes vs. delegate votes, and comparing this situation to Al Gore’s …


Non-Presidential Primary Day in Iowa and Elsewhere

Today is the day we decide who will represent our parties for non-Presidential offices.  Where I live (West Des Moines, Iowa District 3) we have only one race that matters for Republicans today (US Senate seat, to run against Tom Harkin… 3 candidates in the Primary: Steve Rathje, Christopher Reed, and George Eichhorn), and I believe that Democrats have just one, where the District 3 US House incumbent Leonard Boswell is being challenged by fellow Democrat Ed Fallon.

When my wife and I went to vote at noon today, I was disappointed to see only 25 people had voted before us today in our precinct.  We had well over 400 people show up for the Caucus in January.

Other states holding primaries today for non-Presidential …


Des Moines Taxpayers Win

Thankfully, the voters of Polk County in Iowa have managed to do better than the legislators in the Iowa General Assembly. While the state is busy raising as many of our taxes as they could get away with, the voters, the people that gave them the power (at least in Polk County) rejected the attempt by local officials to borrow $132 million (and raise our property taxes) to renovate and expand the county courthouse.

Thankfully, we won’t be borrowing more money while we’re trying to pay new taxes and deal with the challenges we have with the economy.

Our previous local attempt to raise taxes (Project Destiny) was no more successful. We have some smart voters here in Central Iowa. It’s too bad …


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