5 Fs AND A POLL TAX FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

12-7-15

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

Jennifer Hemmingsen, Gazette editorial page editor, attended the Nov. 2015 LCRCC meeting to solicit conservatives to become more involved with writing letters to the editor and guest columns--and also serving on the Gazette Writers Circle.  She wondered why more conservatives won’t do that.  

For starters Jennifer, suggest you contact Senator Joni Ernst and ask her why she boycotted the Gazette Editorial board during her campaign.  That should open your eyes to Gazette liberal bias.  The Gazette has yet to see a tax and public sector funding increase or gun free zone it didn’t like—or second amendment rights it didn’t question or despise.  And please consider that conservatives don’t believe terrorists would attack a large group when knowing some of them might have concealed guns—and conservatives don’t like to waste their time or money. 

So Jennifer, please provide some valid evidence the Gazette has dumped its liberal bias and conservatives might continue their subscriptions and at least seriously consider writing letters, guest columns and participating in the Writers Circle—to support the Gazette’s notable request.  And you might acknowledge some of Iowalive’s emails sent your way.  Especially if you claim to have better numbers, or any numbers at all. 

It is now less than 56 days until the Feb. 1, 2016 Caucus.  The following CAUCUS REPORT CARD shows little improvement in  LCRCC caucus preparation performance.  In addition, the parking fees at some caucus sites will serve as poll taxes.  The exact amounts of the $10 to $40 taxes, and where they will be imposed, have yet to be announced by the LCRCC chairwoman.   And the chairwoman recognized it is now too late to do anything about the expected caucus mess at the Convention Center.  It’s too late to find and add more caucus sites.  This should be no surprise to those who visited the following websites. 

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 also reported chaotic conditions at  LCRCC. 

The bottom line remains, Republican Party of Iowa officials are going to inherit a disaster they heavily contributed to, and they best be preparing for it—rather than posturing for a blame game of finger pointing.  Make no mistake about it, the first in the nation Iowa caucus is on the line. 

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 a highly successful 2016 caucus.  Other county central committees might find the Report Card useful as well. 

Linn County democrats are in a panic as they now realize Clinton might not have the nomination sewed up.   This means they will also be faced with over-crowded caucus sites—that will also have the just added confusion factor of joint democrat and republican caucuses--in the same room.  Linn County ought have a lot of caucus notoriety come Feb.  2nd and beyond. 

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 in Included in Each Grade

This month shows no improved grades.

This Report Card will be updated and posted monthly.

2016 CAUCUS REPORT CARD FOR LINN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE (LCRCC) --CHAIRED BY CINDI GOLDING.  Source:   Iowalive  12-7-15

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

NUMERICAL SCORE

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

F

D-

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-

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-

F-

0

Caucus sites will have  capacity to accommodate record crowds

D-

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

F

0

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

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

0

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

F

F

F

0

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

TBD

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

TBD

Capable temporary caucus chairs have been identified and assigned

TBD

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

TBD

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

TBD

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

TBD

CONDUCT THE VOTE ON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WITH ALL HASTE!  

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Report accurate voting results to RPI

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

AVERAGE SCORE TO DATE

 

 

 

0

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

Sincerely,

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