Update: We just lost Iowa!Submitted by Proud Libertari... on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:02
"Iowa is the first state to fully strip power from liberty-movement followers who led a charge on state parties in 2012," blared the Des Moines Register, as all Central Committee slots were reportedly retaken by the establishment on April 26. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/electio...
Well maybe in 2016, we'll be back! How have other conventions been?
So apparently while we were all watching CPAC, the Iowa GOP was holding county conventions. Again the establishment is trumpeting victory with this article: http://theiowarepublican.com/2014/kevins-korner-spiker-takes...
Meanwhile, Liberty Iowa PAC, which appears to be a big liberty activist group is claiming that most of us took delegate and alternate positions to the state convention: https://m.facebook.com/libertyiowa?id=298835146853331&refsrc...
So WHAT HAPPENED???
According to http://theiowarepublican.com/2014/a-statewide-look-inside-th... it appears the establishment swept the caucuses:
"Far and away, the candidate with the most presence at the caucuses was Governor Terry Branstad. His campaign made a concerted effort to encourage their supporters to attend the caucuses and try to become delegates to the county convention... For the most part, the senate and congressional candidates did a solid job distributing their ballot petitions to the various caucus locations. The Draft Ben Carson for President movement successfully blanketed the caucus locations across the state with their petitions. Platform planks were also discussed at many of the caucus locations and submitted to the county committees for approval. Education issues, particularly Common Core, were among the most discussed topics, as well as abortion and same sex marriage.
As for the tug-of-war for control of the party, reports from delegates out of places such at Webster County say out of the 100 attendees at that caucus, the “liberty” crowd was nowhere to be found.
The fight is far from over, but the general consensus is that although the Ron Paul wing of the Iowa GOP still secured a fair amount of county delegate seats, they were greatly outnumbered by the other factions of the party and will not be able to dominate the district and state conventions the way they did in 2012."
Does anyone have any more info?