April 27th, 2014

Kevin’s Korner: It’s Morning Again in the Iowa Republican Party

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?

At long last, Big Liberty’s stranglehold on the Republican Party of Iowa is coming to an end. Their members were emphatically swept out of office during district conventions on Saturday. Not one single Paulistinian was elected or reelected to the State Central Committee  …

It’s morning again in the Iowa Republican Party. Strong leadership, competence and hard working grassroots activists focused on winning elections are back in charge. Saturday was a very good day for Republicans. And a very bad day for Iowa Democrats

This came despite Big Liberty’s desperate attempts to cling to power by partnering with the BVP crowd. Much to their chagrin, many in the BVP crowd did not go along with this dubious partnership because they’re just as fed up with having an inept state party as the rest of us are …

And of course, there were the Big Liberty smears we’ve all become accustomed to … At the behest of her superiors, Republican Party of Iowa intern Sarah Brooks distributed literature at the Third District convention telling delegates who not to vote for, accompanied with the typical drivel (“RINOs”, “ignore the grassroots”, etc.) … BTW, the delegates ARE the grassroots, geniuses

Hit piece flyersRPI intern



In violation of convention rules, Brooks also placed these flyers on delegates’ seats, before her efforts were thwarted … There is video evidence too …

Does RPI leadership condone its staffers smearing the governor and hard-working Republican activists? … And yes, an intern should be held to many of the same standards as paid staff …

So, what will Chairman Danny Carroll do about this latest instance of RPI intern Sarah Brooks smearing Republicans? Carroll might also want to inquire if RPI computers and equipment were used in any way to make these flyers and copy them …

Brooks is also the chair of the Grand View College Republicans. I understand state leadership of the College Republicans is not pleased with her actions, either.

These flyers were apparently passed out at all four conventions. They included 14 names of who not to vote for. All 14 were elected. That is an emphatic rebuke of Big Liberty

The new State Central Committee is made up of some of the hardest working activists in the party.  Despite what Big Liberty and their new allies would have you believe, these folks include evangelicals, Tea Partiers and are not a bunch of “Branstad-approved moderates”. Many of them supported candidates other than Terry Branstad in the 2010 gubernatorial primary …


Many, and maybe all, of those elected Saturday had the endorsement of Fourth District Congressman Steve King. Despite what you might have read elsewhere, the makeup of the new SCC does not spell doom for the Ames Straw Poll. King placed a condition on his endorsement: support for the Ames Straw Poll. It would appear the new SCC will try to find a way to keep the event …

Of course, the new SCC doesn’t takeover until after the state convention in June, so the current SCC can still screw up the Republican Party of Iowa in many ways before then … And don’t think they won’t try.


Delegates in the First District made news by stripping defense of one man, one woman marriage from its platform. In typical fashion, the knee-jerk reactionaries blamed…Governor Branstad … I’m pretty sure Branstad was not a delegate in the First District … I also know that Branstad believes in one man, one woman marriage. And that he was the governor that signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law …

So, who pushed this amendment? Well, its biggest supporter would seem to be Big Liberty acolyte and current SCC member Tony Krebsbach. He was one of the many SCC members who failed to get reelected Saturday …

Krebsbach’s reasoning is that government should get out of the business of marriage. The vote was not a support of the Varnum decision, as some would like you to believe … Still, I’m confident defense of marriage will remain in the state platform.


Elsewhere, it was great to see Congressman Tom Latham at the Third District convention. Latham rarely shows much emotion, but he got choked up as he bid farewell to the Third District delegates. It was a moving moment. I haven’t agreed with every vote he has taken, but Tom Latham has served Iowa honorably for a long time and should be commended for his outstanding public service.

Moving on… I really like Monte Shaw’s new campaign ad, featuring his seven-year-old daughter Eden. She’s cute as can be and seemingly a natural in front of the camera. Eden helps her dad make an excellent point about the federal debt that we are burdening our children and grandchildren with:

Secretary of State Matt Schultz returned $200,000 to the state and has spent $1 million less than his predecessor, but he’s being attacked for keeping advisor Jim Gibbons on the payroll to the tune of $80,000 while Gibbons worked from home … Schultz needs to explain this further, but the overall numbers are on his side.

Iowa Congressman and Dem U.S. Senate wannabe Bruce Braley whines incessantly about “special interest money”, but Braley raised more than $190,000 in the first quarter of this year from PACs. That is significantly more than any of his Republican counterparts …

And Braley’s trial lawyer pals have given him more than $1.1 million since the beginning of 2013.  Translation: The Trial Lawyer Towelboy is huge a hypocrite.

Elsewhere, an intensive U.S. State Department report showed what we all knew: There is not one tangible achievement from Hillary Clinton’s stint as secretary of state. Not one:

Finally, it was a bad week all around for Big Liberty. The hopes for 2016 took a hit when Rand Paul basically said his Life at Conception bill is about personal belief and not about making a law to protect the unborn … So much for standing on principles.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.

Photos 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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