5 Fs FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE & RPI CAUCUS PREPARATION

1-11-16

Greetings, Republican Party of Iowa (RPI), Linn County Republican Central Committee (LCRCC) Officials and all—

It is now less than 22 days until the Feb. 1, 2016 Caucus and the LCRCC caucus preparedness Report Card has 5 Fs in it. 

The following CAUCUS REPORT CARD shows inadequate LCRCC caucus preparation performance.   It’s as if chairman Golding and RPI chair Jeff Kaufmann perceive no urgency to implement emergency corrective actions—for the poorest performing County Republican Central Committee in the state.   

Website  http://www.angelfire.com/ky/kentuckydan/HotIssues/index.blog/1473479/guest-submission-choose-to-be-better/

  contains  LCRCC’s high integrity member Athea Cole’s, compelling evidence of  poor LCRCC performance, under Cindy Golding and Jeff Kauffmann.. 

BUT, there is some good news, in response to the Report Cards.   Adam Wachholz and Jessie Jordan, from the Iowa GOP, have suddenly stepped in and are desperately recruiting volunteers to attempt to bail out the floundering LCRCC, and to help run the Feb. 1 Linn County caucus. 

And Iowalive has no significant concerns about Microsoft’s vote reporting system, EXCEPT for volunteer’s training and ability to operate it. 

Several appreciate the hope Adam’s and Jessie’s expertise brings to the LCRCC, and are volunteering at this desperate time.  As a result, this week’s Report Card has 5 Fs instead of 7. 

Make no mistake about it, the first in the nation Iowa caucus remains in jeopardy. 

The following report card is provided with the committed intention of improving LCRCC performance and keeping the caucus in Iowa!!   It is based on what is known at this time, as well as existence or absence of preparations and plans for a highly successful 2016 caucus.  Other county central committees might find the Report Card useful as well. 

Here are chronic areas of special caucus concern:

·       There is a now 25% shortage of volunteers and 35% shortage of caucus space to run the caucus as smoothly as the 2012 caucus. 

·       Presidential candidates in attendance will require a Secret Service check and tight security causing serious disruptions

o   Nothing is being done about this

·       The mess at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel will have gross publicity

o   Reporters will be interviewing upset caucus goers who will vehemently voice all problems they encountered

·       The parking fee poll tax is ignored by LRCC officials

·       The publicity the LCRCC chairperson seeks will not be what she gets

o   Golding Ran the Ship Aground, Halleluiah— Golding Ran the Ship Aground, Halleluiah—with Jeff Kaufmann’s help.  And you all know the tune for that one

·       Recent Rising Tide Summit waiting line delays caused by a large crowd

·       Cruz and Trump are energizing huge interest and crowds that will overwhelm poorly planned and poorly prepared caucus sites

·       The bottom line is—too little too late, barring an RPI management miracle

 

2016 LCRCC CAUCUS REPORT CARD—CAN ALSO BE USED AS A CHECK LIST

Suitable Preparations and Plans, or the Lack of them, Are Included in Each Grade

This month shows no grade as higher than C.

This Report Card will be updated and posted weekly.

2016 CAUCUS REPORT CARD FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE (LCRCC) --CHAIRED BY CINDY GOLDING.  Source:   Iowalive  1-5-16

DESCRIPTION OF CONDITIONS, PREPARATIONS AND PLANS

TO DATE 10-14-15 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 11-13-15 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 12-7-15 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 12-14-15 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 12-28-15 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 1-5-16 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

TO DATE 1-11-16 LETTER GRADE, A THROUGH  F

NUMERICAL SCORE

Overall progress towards LCRCC being the 3rd county to report accurate 2016 caucus results, as it was in 2012.

F

D-

D-

D

D

C-

C-

2

Have staff to run every caucus site as a voting place requires at least 290 staffers,  based on 2012 caucus success.

D-

D-

D-

D

D

C-

C

2

Will have as many or more caucus cites as in 2012, to encourage participation and handle record crowds.  This will avoid  complaints from caucus participants. 

F

F-

F-

F

F

F

F

0

Caucus sites will have  capacity to accommodate record crowds

D-

D-

D-

D

D

D

D

1

For 6 weeks prior to caucuses, volunteers must be found, vetted and trained on how to run their caucus. Printed caucus materials must be picked up by the volunteers, or delivered to them. It is one hell of an effort. 

F

F

F

D

D

F

D-

0

 If more than one caucus at a location, have separate rooms for each precinct big enough for record crowds  attending.  

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

0

People attending are checked against the most recent voter list available from the County Auditor and collated. If those coming in are on the list as a registered Republican, give them a presidential ballot and move them to the meeting area. 

F

F

F

D

D

D

D

1

Precinct pre caucus dry runs are effectively planned to ensure the causes run smoothly at all sites

F

F

F

D

F

F

F

0

Everybody, shows their photo I D. Let there be no fraud. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

F

F

F

0

If not registered to vote, or not registered on the list as a Republican, they must fill out a mail in voter registration card. Only after pledging allegiance to party may they enter the caucus meeting area and receive a presidential ballot. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

F

F

 F

TBD

Capable temporary caucus chairs have been identified and assigned

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

F

F

D

1

The temporary caucus chair keeps an eye on it all.  Chair should be a veteran caucus leader and/or previous caucus participant if possible. The temporary chair will be called upon to resolve issues arising. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

F

D

D

1

Confusion and questions at the point of entry must be dealt with. Those at the wrong caucus must be redirected. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

F

D

D

1

The temporary chair calls the caucus to order. Election of a permanent caucus chair is the first order of business. Pass the donations bag for money. The caucus may let some from the precinct make a brief statement supporting their candidate. People will tolerate a neighbor speaking. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

CONDUCT THE VOTE ON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WITH ALL HASTE!  

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Perform dry run of reporting voting results to RPI, prior to the caucus

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Report accurate voting results to RPI

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Total number of caucus participant complaints compared to successful 2012  caucuses. 

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

AVERAGE SCORE TO DATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.8

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Scores is Asked to Provide Them.

 

http://www.iowalive.net/9-14-15lcrccreportcard.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/10-14-15lcrccreportcard.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/11-13-15lcrccreportcard.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/5fsandapolltaxlcrcc.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/12-14-15lcrccreportcard.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/12-28-15lcrccreportcard.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/1-5-16lcrccreportcard.htm

Sincerely,

Iowalive   A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa