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September 27th, 2011

Dix Makes His Move: Will Challenge McKinley for Top Republican Spot in Iowa Senate

State Senator Bill Dix sent an email to his colleagues this morning asking them caucus at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday.  The agenda for the meeting is two-fold.  The first objective is to get all 24 Republican members involved in helping Cindy Golding’s campaign in Senate District 18.  The second objective is to elect new Republican leadership in the chamber.

Below is the email that Dix sent to Senate Republicans this morning:

Please join me in caucus at the Capitol this Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss Senate District #18 special election and the roll each one of us needs to play in our success.  I apologize for the short notice, but we need to caucus now and are under a tight timeline with this race and need all hands on deck to assure we are doing all that needs to be done.

In full disclosure, I will also be calling for a leadership election.

Thank you for your time and attention.  I look forward to seeing all of you Thursday morning.

Bill will have more on this development throughout the next few days.



Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley is out of the country as of this morning on a brief personal trip and as the Senate Republican Whip, I am sending this e-mail on his behalf.

During the interim, it is protocol and the tradition of the Senate that the Leader sets a date and time for caucus.

As such, Senate Republican Leader McKinley sent the notification last Friday that caucus would be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1pm.

Any gatherings prior to that date where senators are present cannot be considered an officially sanctioned caucus and individual senators are not eligible to claim travel or other expenses.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday, November 10 at 1pm.

Steve Kettering
Senate Republican Whip


Update #2

Fellow Senators,

Some of you may have questions regarding information you have received this morning.

First of all, I attempted to contact Senator McKinley several times this morning. It has been confirmed Senator McKinley was in the state at the time of my calls. He did not return telephone calls from me and I left him a voicemail with the same information you received in the email stating my intentions.

Furthermore, for your information, rules require a constitutional majority for an official caucus. Therefore, you will be reimbursed for mileage expenses.

I look forward to seeing each of you Thursday morning at 10 a.m. It is imperative that we maintain our best effort to get Cindy Golding elected in Senate District #18.


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