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Iowa GOP Chairman's Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A.J. Spiker   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:12

Greetings!

 

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Things have been pretty busy here at the Republican Party of Iowa. This past weekend we held our district conventions in Fort Dodge, Grinnell, Stuart, and Mount Pleasant. It was great to see so many enthusiastic republicans participating in the most open grassroots caucus to convention process in the nation. Please join me in congratulating the new members of our State Central Committee who were elected this weekend. I look forward to working with the Committee to take back the Iowa Senate, grow our House majority, send a full Republican delegation to Congress and help send President Obama back to Illinois.

Iowa GOP State Central Committee Elect (term begins 6/16/12)

District One: Dave Cushman, Loras Schulte, Tony Krebsbach, and David Chung

District Two: Jeff Shipley, Marcus Fedler, Mark Doland, and Bob Anderson

District Three: Gopal Krishna, Joel Kurtinitis, Wes Enos, and John Kabitzke

District Four: Kris Thiessen, Tim Moran, Jamie Johnson, and Chad Steenhoek

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona to attend the RNC Chairman’s meeting. It was great to meet other chairman from around the country. I heard from Governor Jan Brewer, Senator John McCain, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Mitt Romney. I also had the opportunity to speak to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus  about Iowa and our importance in taking back everything from the Courthouse to the White House.

Just a reminder our monthly Chairman’s Lunch is tomorrow, April 25th at the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters. The event begins at noon and will feature guest speakers Majority leader Upmeyer and House Speaker Paulsen. The cost is $20 and you can reserve your spot by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please consider joining us for this event. It is vital to have open communication between elected officials and Iowans if we are to succeed this fall.

There is still time to get your tickets to the Lincoln Dinner! Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Obamacare’s greatest foe is our featured speaker. Cuccinelli was the first state Attorney General to file a legal challenge to Obamacare. Other speakers will include Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Senator Grassley, Congressman Latham, and Congressman King. Because this falls on Cinco de Mayo, we will have a reception from 6-7 pm complete with a margarita and daiquiri bar and a live band. The event will be held at Vets Auditorium Ballroom and tickets cost $75. To purchase tickets please call 515-282-8105 or visit www.iowagop.org.

To Victory,

 

A.J. Spiker

Chairman

Republican Party of Iowa

 
Progress Iowa launches campaign to ‘Send Chuck a Coke’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:40

Petition drive launched in response to Senator Grassley’s call for a boycott on his own constituents

DES MOINES, IOWA - In response to Senator Chuck Grassley advocating a boycott on Coca-Cola, which operates two bottling plants in Iowa, Progress Iowa today launched a petition drive to ‘Send Chuck a Coke’ at SendChuckaCoke.com.

On April 4th, Coca-Cola publicly announced it would end its financial support of the American Legislative Exchange Group (ALEC), the right-wing front group backing controversial legislation such as the “Stand Your Ground” laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

This weekend, Senator Grassley tweeted “U might think abt not drinking Coca Cola since company sucombed to pressure fr Leftist not to support ALEC”. Read the original tweet here. Atlantic Bottling Company operates in Atlantic and Waukee, and has bottled Coca-Cola products in Iowa for three generations.
“We want Iowans to send Senator Grassley a message: he should be standing up for his constituents, not ALEC, an out of state corporate front-group,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “For every petition signature we receive, we will deliver a Coca-Cola, bottled right here in Iowa, to Senator Grassley.”

For more information about the campaign, visit SendChuckaCoke.com, where you can sign the petition and respond directly to Senator Grassley’s tweet.

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In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Supporters in Iowa Make GOP Inroads for RNC and Long-term Battle of Ideas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 07:34
“A rising tide of Republicans who share Ron Paul’s philosophy of limited government are flooding into GOP party roles in Iowa.” – Des Moines Register
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul were elected last night to state Republican Party positions helpful for his delegate-attainment strategy, and for ensuring that constitutionally-limited government has a voice in the state party.  At four district conventions held Saturday, party activists tied to Paul won seats in the state nomination committee that selects at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and in the state central committee, writes the influential Des Moines Register.

Ron Paul backers sweep into GOP party roles in Iowa
by Jennifer Jacobs
Des Moines Register

A rising tide of Republicans who share Ron Paul’s philosophy of limited government are flooding into GOP party roles in Iowa.

Like the anti-abortion movement and tea partiers that made in-roads into GOP politics here in recent years, Paul loyalists want to send a message to party leaders, the governor, the state legislature and the nation, they said Saturday.

Six of the new Iowa GOP state central committee members elected Saturday have publicly expressed support for Paul, a libertarian-leaning presidential candidate: Joel Kurtinitis, Kris Thiessen, Dave Cushman, Jeff Shipley, John Kabitzke and Marcus Fedler.  Two more have close ties.

“Ron Paul’s display of strength is to encourage their followers to say, ‘We have the numbers. Join us and we can accomplish even more,’” said Gopal Krishna, a popular longtime central committee member who has declined to reveal his caucus vote.  “Because once they’re a force to be reckoned with, everybody starts to cater to them.”

To read the full article online, please click here.
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Iowa GOP Chairman's Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A.J. Spiker   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:56

Good Afternoon! As I am sure all of you are aware today is Tax Day. While I felt this year was especially painful, the next few years could be even worse if we don’t work together to fight proposed tax increases. Please consider coming to one of the events listed below to hear how we can fight back.

Our Lincoln Dinner is fast approaching.  Come out on May 5 at 7 p.m. to hear featured speaker Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the first state Attorney General to file a legal challenge to Obamacare. Other speakers will include Governor Brandstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Senator Grassley, Congressman Latham, and Congressman King. Because this falls on Cinco de Mayo, we will have a reception from 6-7 pm complete with a margarita and daiquiri bar and live band. The event will be held at Vets Auditorium Ballroom and tickets cost $75. To purchase tickets please call 515-282-8105 or visit www.iowagop.org.

Yesterday, the US Senate narrowly voted down President Obama’s Buffet Tax. This is nothing more than a political gimmick designed to distract voters from President Obama’s economic record. Please read my statement below praising the Senate for rejecting this measure.

“There is one thing you need to know about President Obama’s Buffett Tax – it won’t help a single Iowa family find a job. The facts are simple, President Obama has once again chosen politics over fixing the economy

“The President’s hard sell on this tax has been all over the place. First, Obama claimed the Buffett Tax would, ‘stabilize our debt and deficit for the next ten years,’ and when that was proven false, he claimed it wasn’t meant for deficit reduction. President Obama has changed his explanation for this tax no less than six times, but not once did he claim this tax would improve the economy or help folks find a job – and that’s what this all boils down to – a shiny object that does nothing to help struggling Americans.

“President Obama should be focused on fixing the economy, but he’s spending his time rolling out political gimmicks. This President is focused on saving one job – his own– and he’s resorted to the politics of division and envy to achieve his goal.

“I applaud the Senate for voting down Obama’s Buffett gimmick. Iowa families deserve better; they deserve real leadership and someone who is focused on helping Americans struggling in this economy.”

Don’t miss the Chairman’s lunch, held at 12 p.m. April 25 at the Republican Party of Iowa Headquarters. The cost is $20 and to reserve a spot, please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This month’s speakers will be House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer. The Chairman’s Lunch is held the last Wednesday of every month and is a great opportunity to increase communication between Iowans, elected leaders, and party officials.

To Victory,

 

A.J. Spiker

Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa

 
Loebsack Continues Rural Economy Tour in Cedar, Muscatine Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that he will continue his Rural Economy Tour, TOMORROW, April 14th at locations in Cedar and Muscatine Counties. Throughout the year, Loebsack has visited farms and businesses that have a direct impact on the rural economy to hear firsthand about the needs of rural Iowans. Media is invited to attend.

 

“Rural areas in Iowa are the backbone of our state’s economy,” said Loebsack.  “We have to ensure they have the tools necessary to thrive.”

 

Rural Economy Tour

 

Cedar County Stops

10:15

T&M Clothing

407 Cedar St.

Tipton

 

10:30

City Hall Steakhouse

509 Cedar St.

Tipton

 

11:15

Stuefen Overhead Door Manufacturing open house

Industrial Park

1707 HWY 130

Tipton

 

Muscatine County Stop

2:00

Geertz’s Family Farm

1118 North Walnut Street

West Liberty

 

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