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January 19th, 2014

Kevin’s Korner: Caucus Time, Spiker’s Dilemma and Saving the Gingers

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt him.

It’s time! The caucus is upon us and you should all attend on Tuesday. This is likely the most significant non-presidential-year caucus in Iowa history. There has never been this much focus placed on the mid-term caucuses and it is almost entirely driven by the Paulistinian takeover of the Republican Party of Iowa two years ago and their utter failings in running the state party since then …

Big Liberty is so desperate to hold on to their power in Iowa, the mothership had the Paulistinians’ golden calf, Ron Paul, robocalling likely caucusgoers, commanding them to attend … I’m surprised they didn’t bring Dr. Paul here to rally the cult. That’ll probably happen right before the state convention …

RPI Chairman, and Big Liberty minion, A.J. Spiker really stepped in it last week … His sudden praise for Governor Branstad and pledge to support Lt. Governor Reynolds at the state convention has p.o.’d the Paulistinians. … So, while his allies are angry, the non-cult members of the Iowa GOP still don’t trust Spiker and believe he is as sincere now as when he said, “Mitt Romney has my full support”, shortly before the RNC convention in 2012

Ron Paul Spiker in background

Spiker is in a real bind: Does he spend the next year as he has the previous two, serving Big Liberty, or does he finally start doing his job as RPI chairman and do what’s best for the party? He can’t do both …

Meanwhile, Spiker’s good buddy and key advisor, RPI Co-Chair David Fischer, has resigned in order to run for the Iowa Senate in District 15. This opens up a four-way primary between Fischer, Kum & Go executive Crystal Bruntz, former Jasper County GOP Chair Patrick Payton and Zach Nunn, a distinguished Drake alum who works in counterintelligence and has a very impressive resume

This SD 15 primary is going to be very interesting. Whoever emerges victorious tries to take out 157-year-old Dem Senator Dennis Black in November. For Republicans to claim the majority in the Iowa Senate, they need to win this race …

As for the RPI co-chair position, according to SCC member David Chung, candidates who have already expressed interest in the seat include The Family Leader lobbyist Danny Carroll and longtime Republican activist Eric Rosenthal … Still waiting for the obligatory “liberty” candidate to announce … The election will take place February 1

Danny Carroll with Bachmann

Danny Carroll became a polarizing figure in the party when he refused to endorse Terry Branstad for governor even after Branstad beat Bob Vander Plaats in the 2010 primary. Carroll also railed against the “Republican machine”, that he now wants to be a major part of again … Eric Rosenthal ran for co-chair last year, losing to Fischer 11-4

There are now two openings on the State Central Committee. Monte Shaw resigned in order to run for the open Third Congressional District seat … Although Shaw’s third stint on the SCC was very brief, he did a valuable service by being the primary proponent of the committee taking its time and not rushing into major rules changes …

So far, Adair County Chair and Third District Executive Committee Co-Chair Ryan Frederick is the only candidate I’m aware of who has expressed interest in running for the seat vacated by Monte Shaw … That election takes place Thursday, January 30 in Greenfield.

The Third District congressional race filled up quickly, and the field isn’t yet. Already in are Robert Cramer, Matt Schultz, Monte Shaw, David Young and some delusional guy who claims he ran Tom Latham out of the raceBrad Zaun will join soon. Right now, I would say this race is more likely to be decided at convention than the U.S. Senate race. Although, they both could go the distance

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Third District Democrat nominee-by-default Staci Appel was ecstatic when MSDNC named her one of the “Women to Watch” who are running for office in 2014. The low-rated cable network, which is a Democrat Party subsidiary, ignored a large number of Republican women on the ballot and pursued the most liberal women they could find. 32 of the 36 women they named were Dems …

Word on the street is Staci Appel hasn’t been this happy since the Democrats prayed for abortion at the State Capitol back in August.

There is a U.S. Senate debate on the docket tonight in Council Bluffs. All six GOP candidates are slated to participate. It takes place at Lewis Central High School at 6:30. WHO Radio and KMA-FM in Shenandoah will carry it live … Kudos to the Pottawattamie County GOP for organizing this event. It was not easy and I hear not all the campaigns were cooperative …

On a side note, why they’re hold the debate during the middle of the NFC Championship game is beyond me.

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Good news: The search for Tyler Olson can be called off. The former Dem frontrunner for the gubernatorial nomination apparently did show up, briefly, for work at the Capitol one day last week.

The Des Moines Register gleefully reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner called Iowa Congressman Steve King an a$$hole during the hubbub about King’s comments regarding illegal immigrant minors smuggling drugs across the border …

I’m still waiting for the Register to report on the actual stories of illegal immigrant minors smuggling drugs across the border, including the 12-year-old who was caught with 80 pounds of marijuana last month …

Or, since they relied on the claims of an out-of-state congressman for the Boehner story, maybe the Register could report on the fact that Iowa gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch said at the Capitol last year, “I don’t give a f*** about the debt”  … House Rep. Jake Highfill is on the record stating Hatch said it.

Two things you can guarantee will happen during the next few months at the Capitol: Jack Hatch will spend much of the session grandstanding and plenty of cringe-inducing, stupid comments will come out of his mouth. Guaranteed …

Branstad invites

I appreciate the Branstad campaign wanting me to attend their events last week, but sending 15 different invitations was a little over the top. I mean, yes, I’m kind of a big deal because people know me, I have many leather bound books and my home smells of rich mahogany, but 15 invitations is a tad ridiculous.

The one potential 2016 presidential candidate who is likely to have some presence at the GOP caucuses is Dr. Ben Carson. The Draft Carson movement has been busy in the state over the past few months. They even bought electronic billboard ads in Des Moines.

ginger kid

Finally, I will be issuing a platform plank at my precinct caucus. Since ginger bashing is at an all-time high and scientists say we could be extinct by 2060, I propose Republicans adopt a pro-redhead stance and work toward Saving the Gingers. Who’s with me?

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Photo by Dave Davidson,

About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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