Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Matt Strawn, former Republican Party of Iowa chairman, stopped in Waukee today to speak to volunteers in the Waukee Victory/Dallas County GOP campaign office.
Matt Strawn, former Republican Party of Iowa chairman, spoke to a small crowd of volunteers gathered this afternoon at the Waukee Victory/Dallas County GOP campaign office at 43 N.E. Carefree Lane. Strawn, with the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign bus parked behind him, rallied campaign volunteers telling them that every bit of effort counts in this election. "The key is to reaching those undecided voters," Strawn said. "I think the choice Iowans have is very clear. If you want to get this country moving again, if you want us living within our means then Mitt Romney is the choice for Iowans." Strawn emphasized Romney's plan to strengthen the middle class, cutting the deficit and creating jobs along with lifting up the small business owner. …
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
The state GOP has certified that results changed in 131 Iowa precincts from Caucus night and missing ballots in eight precincts weren't counted. Some are upset by how the finish was managed, while others defend that human error is to be expected in a vote
- B.A. Morelli, Ashlee Kieler, Deb Belt, Stephen Schmidt, Scott Raynor, Alison Gowans, Beth Dalbey, Anne Carothers-Kay, Jody Gifford, Megan VerHelst, and Jessica Miller
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A messy, drawn-out finish to the Iowa Caucus appears to wrap up on Thursday with Rick Santorum leap-frogging Mitt Romney into first place after changes in 131 precincts and the exclusion of votes from the conclusion of eight precincts. After a Caucus night that would not end because of missing precincts, the certification process was equally problematic. Iowa Republican party officials say they don't trust the results from those precincts and they will never be certified. The final totals swung an eight-vote win for Romney on Caucus night to a 34-vote margin in favor of Santorum, according to a certified vote released on Thursday morning. The final tally gives the former Pennsylvania Senator Santorum a win with 29,839 ballots over 29,805 …
Some Iowa political insiders are not happy with the state party officials' handling of the 2012 Iowa Caucus, which ended with less than an earnest declaration of who won.
- B.A. Morelli, Deb Belt, Megan VerHelst, Anne Carothers-Kay, Jessica Miller, Scott Raynor, Stephen Schmidt, Alison Gowans, Beth Dalbey, Jody Gifford, and Ashlee Kieler
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A key Republican activist had perhaps the harshest criticism of Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn's handling of the 2012 Iowa Caucus, and he joins many others saying Iowa hurt its claim to first-in-the-nation status. "For Matt Strawn to refuse to declare a winner of the caucus, it makes the Caucus a joke," said Craig Robinson, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Iowa Republican and former political director overseeing the caucus for the state GOP. "He cast a huge cloud of suspicion over the caucus process." "Matt Strawn should step down as GOP chairman," he said. Robinson's main point of contention wasn't necessarily the eight uncounted precincts, it was Strawn's refusal to declare Rick Santorum the winner after the vote certification was …
The state GOP has certified that results changed in 131 Iowa precincts from Caucus night and missing ballots in eight precincts weren't counted, meaning the true winner of the Iowa Caucus will never be known.
(Updated 1:09 p.m.) As the messy final vote count of the Iowa Caucus came in this morning, Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn initially refused to declare a winner. He even said it's not his job (even though he stood before the nation at the end of the Iowa Caucus to declare Mitt Romney the winner). Strawn seems to be changing course and giving the nod to Rick Santorum, who came out on top of the certified, yet incomplete final vote. Still, it's something less then a definitive declaration of victory. "There is no question in our mind that the winner of the certified vote totals was Rick Santorum. Those are the numbers as certified during the two week required certification period," Strawn told reporters at a news conference at GOP …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Florida's decision to move up its primary date to Jan. 31 will likely force Iowa to move its caucus into early January. Iowa Republican party members aren't happy.
Natalie Ginty, chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, summed up how many Iowa Republicans were feeling about Florida Friday. "I'm not liking Florida at all right now," the 21-year-old University of Iowa student said. Some Iowans are steamed after members of the Florida Republican party decided to move their state primary to Jan. 31, ahead of the Feb. 6 caucuses date currently scheduled in Iowa. Florida did this despite party rules that prohibit such a move. Nevada, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa were the only states allowed to schedule their caucus or primaries before March 6. Arizona stuck its toe over the line by scheduling its primary on Feb. 28, the same day as the South Carolina primary, and now Florida has …
Iowa GOP Chair Matt Strawn was clearly not happy with the decision of Florida Republicans today to move their primary to Jan. 31, meaning that Iowa will have to move its caucuses up at least a month from its current Feb. 6 date.
Iowa Republican Chair Matt Strawn is not the biggest fan of the Sunshine State right now. Today, Florida Republican leaders moved their state primary up to Jan. 31, ahead of the Feb. 6 caucuses date currently held by Iowa. They did this despite being prohibited from doing so by the national Republican party. This move will likely mean that Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada will push their contests forward, with Iowa's caucuses likely landing somewhere in early January. Strawn, as one could imagine, is not pleased. Here is Strawn's reaction to the move. "The arrogance shown by Florida's elected leadership is disappointing, but not surprising. Equally troubling is to see this petulant behavior rewarded with our national …