5 Fs REMAIN IN 11-13-15 REPORT CARD FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

11-13-15

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

It is now less than 80 days until the Feb. 3, 2016 Caucus. 

The Oct. LCRCC meeting was chaired by co-chair Bret Mason and was more harmonious than usual.   But it was not significantly more productive.  The damage had previously been done to wreck meeting productivity. 

Website http://www.angelfire.com/ky/kentuckydan/HotIssues/index.blog/1471783/our-caucus-is-going-to-be-where/  adequately describes the LCRCC caucus issue. 

Websites http://www.iowalive.net/lcrccdysfunction.htm and http://www.iowalive.net/reportcardlcrcc.htm   and  others on http://www.iowalive.net/  have reported on chaotic conditions at  LCRCC. 

But it is now apparent that chaos is turning into discontent and finger pointing, headed for disaster—as usually happens with prolonged chaos in an organization.   And the caucus site list doesn’t show the capacity, or occupant density of the caucus sites.  This is especially important when having a large number of people caucusing in a single room.    Caucus goers should not have to compete in shouting matches.

The list of caucus sites has illegible areas at worst, and barely legible areas at best—so is not worth attaching, as the following excerpt shows.   The list does show projections for a total of 8,011 caucus goers.    But it gives NO indication the sites are adequately staffed.   Neither does it show which sites are actually reserved. 

For comparison, Iowalive net workers project at least 13,000 caucus goers—based on the large number of presidential candidates, media coverage and past caucus attendance levels, and of course--Iowalive’s proven, proprietary algorithms and database.    Anyone seriously claiming to have a better number is asked to provide it.

Think of 13,000 activists trying to caucus, vote and count votes in space barley accommodating 8,000 and you can see a disaster coming.   It’s like the story of two depot agents.  One managing east bound traffic and the other west bound traffic.   A  problem occurred and there was no way to prevent two trains from colliding at the depot.   The junior agent turns to the other and asks, what are we going to do now?  The other agent says grab a chair and come with me.  They hurry up the hill behind the depot and the puffing junior agent asks, what now?    Sit down and watch the damndest train wreck you ever saw! 

The bottom line, Republican Party of Iowa officials are going to inherit a disaster and they best be preparing for it—rather than posturing for a blame game of finger pointing, led by the LCRCC chair, who mismanaged volunteers into untenable positions.  Make no mistake about it, the first in the nation caucus is on the line. 

EXCERPT OF LCRCC CAUCUS SITES USED BY LCRCC COMMITTEES

Iowalive’s focus continues on the below scorecard addressing caucus performance issues vital to keeping Iowa’s first in the nation caucus.  An F in the scorecard below was raised to a D and an F was lowered to an F-, for NO net gain. 

Iowalive is looking for new conditions and procedures that would make LCRCC, and other Iowa precinct caucuses, more exciting and worthwhile.   None have been mentioned or found!

This post contains an updated report card that LCRCC can also use as a check list to prepare for 2016 caucuses, that will meet or exceed those so successfully accomplished in 2012!  The stage is set for record caucus attendance and media coverage—under the skeptical eyes of those determined to rip the first-in-the nation-caucuses out of Iowa. 

The following monthly report card is provided with the committed intention of keeping those caucuses in Iowa!!   It is based on what is known at this time, as well as existence or absence of preparations and plans for highly successful 2016 caucuses.  Other county central committees might find the Report Card useful as well.  Including democrats, who perform little better than republicans.  

Caucus performance will keep or lose Iowa’s first in the nation status. 

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 only one improved grade, from F to D-.   

This Report Card will be updated and posted monthly.  

2016 CAUCUS REPORT CARD FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE (LCRCC) --CHAIRED BY CINDY GOLDING

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

NUMERICAL SCORE

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

F

D-

0

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

D-

D-

0

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-

0

Caucus sites will have  capacity to accommodate record crowds

D-

D-

0

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

0

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

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

0

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

F

F

0

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

Capable temporary caucus chairs have been identified and assigned

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

CONDUCT THE VOTE ON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WITH ALL HASTE!  

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

Report accurate voting results to RPI

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

AVERAGE SCORE TO DATE

 

 

0

 

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Sincerely,

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