Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The special convention was held in Ankeny after the House District 37 GOP candidates failed to secure the necessary votes to clinch the nomination.
Polk County Central Committee members chose John Landon Wednesday night as the GOP nominee for this November's Iowa House District 37 race. Landon was selected with 12 of 21 votes cast at a special nominating convention to determine the Republican winner of the District 37 race. Four nominees were chosen and two ballots were cast before Landon was declared the winner. "I am humbled by the support and faith you've shown in me tonight," Landon told delegates following the second vote. "And I want the people to know they have a rock-solid, conservative representative who is ready to fight for their best interests in the Legislature." Two weeks ago, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker issued a call for the convention after Jim …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker issued a call for delegates to attend a nominating convention Wednesday, July 18, at Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker issued a call Friday for a special nominating convention to determine the Republican winner of the District 37 race. The call came after Jim Robidoux, who won the highest number of popular votes, failed to secure the required 35 percent of votes needed to officially be called the winner. The convention will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Kirkendall Public Library. Twenty-two Polk County Central Committee members were eligible to receive the call to the convention. In the primary election held June 5, Robidoux received 714 votes for 34.38 percent; followed by Matt DeVries with 617 votes or 29.71 percent; John Landon with 360 votes or 17.33 percent; Jeffery A. Wright with 320 votes for …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Iowans were filling the Knapp Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon in anticipation of President Obama's 7 p.m. speech. He first met with Iowans at TPI, a Newton manufacturer of wind turbine blades.
- Deb Belt
Thursday, May 24, 2012
They had to wait for more than two hours. But they didn't care. President Obama will hold a campaign event at 7 tonight at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Iowans from all over flocked to the grounds three to four hours in advance to get a good vantage point. Earlier in the afternoon the president visited TPI Composites, a Newton manufacturer of blades for wind turbines. The Obama campaign says the president will outline how far the country has come and the clear choice that voters face in the November election between Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney. With the campaign slogan "Forward," the Democrats criticize Republicans for wanting to return "to the failed policies that…
Saturday, February 11, 2012
A.J. Spiker will fill the remainder of the vacancy left by Matt Strawn's departure.
From the Republican Party of Iowa The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee elected Ames resident A.J. Spiker, 32, as their new chair on Saturday. Former Chair Matt Strawn announced he would step down in January after some criticized his hesitation to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa Caucus. Spiker, a real estate agent at Freidch-Iowa Realty in Ames, will fill the remainder of Strawn's term which expires in Jan. 2013. “I am honored to be elected by my colleagues on the Committee and look forward to serving as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. I will work diligently with fellow Republicans across the state to energize voters and work to elect our candidates," Spiker said in a prepared statement. Spiker is a…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The head of the Iowa Republican Party announced he will resign next week after calls for his resignation after the Caucus vote-count problems.
Iowa Republican Party chair Matt Strawn announced his resignation this week after calls earlier this month for him to leave the position. Strawn faced criticism from across the state after problems with the certified results of the ever-so-close Republican Caucus. Eight counties were never certified, meaning the true winner of the Caucus may never be known. Strawn initially refused to officially declare Rick Santorum the winner because of the discrepancy, though he later relented. Santorum sprang ahead of initially declared winner Mitt Romney after the certified results were released. The fact Strawn refused to declare a winner, more than the counting problems, was the final straw for Craig Robinson, a prominent player in the party and …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ankeny Republicans have different opinions on whether the Iowa GOP was the one to blame for the glitches and irregularities surrounding the closest Iowa Caucus race in the state's history.
While making it clear the Republican Party of Iowa could have done more to prevent the anomalies surrounding one of the closest Caucus races in Iowa history, Ankeny Republicans disagree on whether the Iowa GOP is to blame for the problems. The certified Iowa Caucus vote count released by the Republican Party of Iowa this morning places Rick Santorum in front of Mitt Romney, who was originally declared the winner. However, there were irregularities in 131 of the 1,774 precincts, and missing ballots in eight precincts weren't counted, according to state party officials. So is the Iowa GOP to blame? Jim Friedrich, an Ankeny resident and an Iowa Republican Senate staff member, said absolutely not. “The caucus is a straw poll and is a fair …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will face off in the final Iowa debate before the January 3 Iowa caucus.
Tonight could be the last, best hope for the GOP presidential candidates to hold themselves up and knock their opponents down before the increasingly important January 3 Iowa caucuses. Six GOP candidates are slated to appear Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd in Sioux City. Newt Gingrich still leads the pack in Iowa and nationally, according to polls, but his support has been more broad than deep, and his opponents -- especially Mitt Romney -- can be counted on to seize every opportunity to highlight the former Speaker's marrital infidelity and Freddie Mac opportunities. The debate begins at 8 p.m. Join us for live coverage of the debate and commentary from Patch editors, local experts and Howard Fineman of MSNBC, NBC, Patch and …
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Republican Party of Iowa's annual dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines will feature Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Five GOP presidential hopefuls will speak to Iowa activists Friday night at the 2011 Reagan Dinner. The Republican Party of Iowa's annual dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines will feature Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Each candidate will have 10 minutes to speak at the $75-a-head fundraiser, which will be attended by influential Iowa Republican office holders and activists. Additional speakers include U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn. GOP Ronald Reagan Dinner Speaking Schedule 6 p.m: Doors open/general reception 7 p.m.: Welcome by Iowa GOP Co-Chairman Bill Schickel 7:15 p.m.: Lt. …