Sunday, 5 July 2015
Thoughts On A Caucus
Some thoughts on Caucuses by someone with decades of experience.
A No Single Site Caucus Piece.
"William H. Dahlsten"
I have attended every Republican precinct caucus wherever I have lived in Iowa since 1972. I am sharing some observations made over those years.
Linn County's 2016 Republican Precinct Caucuses
There is a huge difference when it comes to caucusing in a contested presidential year. The usual handful in an off year sweells in largely Republican precincts to well over 100. In 2012, 230 votes were cast in what then was CR 41
We almost filled the Lutheran Church event room with Republicans in 2012. The hall was sealed at 7:00 P. M. We had little difficulty verifying that only qualified residents of the precinct could participate. The room allowed us to conduct our caucus with no distractions.
Presidential preference ballots were counted in the kitchen. This gave representatives from all candidates present a chance to work undisturbed as they counted ballots. It went smoothly.
I have seen a single site in Linn County used for all Republicans to caucus twice. It was done in 2004 when President George W. Bush was unchallenged for the nomination. It was done in the off year of 2014.
Single site caucuses are good for one thing only; publicity.
More Republicans are likely to attend a caucus in, or near their neighborhood. In a caucus influencing who will be the next president, the vast majority attending come to vote their choice for president and leave.
These are the faithful Republican voters of November who are otherwise not active. They are not interested in driving half way across town, paying to park, listening to long list of speakers etc. before casting a presidential preference.
Having individual precincts caucus in a large hall is not easy. In 2004 and 2014 people were wandering around wondering where their caucus was. Add to that the din of caucuses meeting nearby. It was messy.
In 2004 and 2014 it was largely the faithful who attended. Their numbers were far lower than a presidential caucus with more than an incumbent seeking the nomination. It is not unreasonable to expect 10,000 to 12,000 Republicans to attend the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses in Linn County.
It is the Linn County Republican Party Central Committee's responsibility to organize the 2016 caucuses. It is essential that Linn County Republicans organize the caucuses so as to encourage the largest possible participation. It is essential that the caucuses run as smoothly as possible.
The 2016 caucuses are not about obtaining publicity at a single location. Confusion and frustration at a single, or too few sites will generate negative publicity.
The Linn County Republican Party Central Committee must endeavor to hold precinct caucuses within the respective precincts as far as is practical.
Doing so worked in 2012 and for years before that.
That was the Voice of Experience and if I had to distill what was said into just a few words it would be
If it is not broke, don't fix it.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Now someone tell me this is an example of the work of an IT Professional.
Then you can explain why there are two identical posts like the multitude of identical posts on this disaster
When is the LCRCC's official Facebook presence going to look like something you can point to with pride
Rather than something you cringe when you look?
Where are the Executives?
Where is the Team Leader of the Marketing & PR Team
WHY do we not have ANY Admins who could correct that mess above or the other one on the facebook page
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
The Keystone Fanpage
In this chaotic world it is nice to know there is some consistency
If I happen to be paused on what to write in my nightly blog address
I can always go to the Linn County GOP Political Organizaton Fanpage
I am not quite sure if it is put together so that it looks like the incompetent efforts of rank amateurs on purpose
Or do they just lack the resources to do it right?
You can see for yourselves HERE
The Format seems to be based on the principle of
We are not certain you will see a Post
So let's just put up multiple posts of the same thing so you won't miss them?
At least right now we are given double posts in the past we have had to wade through 4 of each one.
I don't know how the Fanpage ends up with all those duplicate posts, nor do I know how to prevent it.
That would be the author of this pathetic unprofessional mess.
I know how to correct the problem.
Facebook allows Admins to DELETE Posts,
All that is needed is for someone with Admin privileges to go through and delete the extra posts.
This is NOT rocket science any reasonably bright grade school child could IMO be taught how to do this
It does however appear to be beyond the capabilities of those who are in control the LCRCC Social Media.
We can tell on the Facebook Group Page that there we have 4 Admins , the Chair Cindy Golding, the Co Chair Brett Mason and the Webmaster James Knox
That is only 3 you say?
True for some reason Mr Knox is listed twice as Admin accounting for the 4 Admins posted.
If they cannot keep the Officlal Linn County GOP Facebook Fanpage tidied up why not appoint MORE ADMINS?
Like pershaps AT LEAST
the Team Leader of the Marketing & PR Team
–which is responsible for Public relation
communications, internal and external messaging.
We MIGHT even give him the power to appoint other Admins from their Team
Of course they would need to make sure that person was capable of looking at duplicate posts
There are TWO of them
I will click DELETE on ONE of them DUH
That would be important because we do not seem to have anyone either capable or willing to do that at present.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Price Of Early
They say the Early Bird gets the Worm
But sometimes being Early can result in Complications
I and a friend went to the State Capital this last Saturday to watch the GOP State Central Committee in Action
One of the things they dealt with was the new Rule about Binding Delegates at the Caucus.
One issue that was explored was what to do if after the Caucuses a Candidate who had acquired enough votes to be allocated delegates dropped out
One of the members stated that it might look silly to stand up at the National Convention and cast votes for someone who was no longer running,
There is some truth to that
The RPI had submitted a plan to the RNC which addressed that.
The idea was to allocate the voters among the remaining candidates still running
At first glimpse that seems to have the appearance of Fairness
However the RNC returned that even if a candidate dropped out of a race their votes should still be bound and entered on the First Ballot.
I believe they are correct.
It does not matter if it looks silly to cast votes for someone who has withdrawn from a race,
Those ARE the ballots cast by the Voters.
There is a profound Matter of Ethics involved here
While on the surface it might appear fair to allocate the voters among those candidates that remain in the Race,
The Reality is NO ONE has the Right to decide who a voter would have voted for if their choices had been different.
In this respect the concept of "fairness" is wrong.
We have no way of knowing if the Voters would have spread evenly among the remaining candidates.
They might very well ALL or MOST have moved to ONE Candidate they felt was closest to their origninal choice,
That CAN be the Price of Early
Just like someone who fills out an Absentee Ballot as soon as possible
If their candidate drops out before the Election, a Primary say.
Who They voted for is who they voted for
There is no way to determine how they would have voted if they had to choose between those left in the Race,
So it is for Iowa
If the possiblity of a large number of Caucus Votes going to candidates who drop out before the Convention is a matter of Great Concern?
Then we should abstain from being First in the Nation,
If we wish to be First in the Nation
Then we must accept
The Price of Early
Monday, 29 June 2015
Those Who Forget
They say those who forget the Past are doomed to repeat it.
Recently I got to thinking about one of the First Hate Mail Letters I recieved and a portion of it came to mind.
My reaction was
That's not right.
here it is.
This blogger is reminiscing about the past ten years of the Linn County Republican Central Committee. But where is his reality ... lost in the night sky? Buried under a rock? Fell into the toilet? He revels in the past performance of the LCRCC. Interesting because his memory is delusional, they didn't elect a single Republican.
That is certainly an extreme statement.
At First glance one might assume it is true, because after all it would be a matter of public record would it not?
Of course it is and the record of the sucess or failures of the Linn County Republican Party can be found
And when we look there we can find that what the person who on that letters return address calls themself A Real Republican claims i
For example just a little over 10 years ago we had this result in the 2004 Election
ROGER GROBSTICH DEM 8360 48.33%
KRAIG PAULSEN REP 8928 51.61%
Write-in Votes 11 0.06%
Yes our own Kraig Paulson who is now Speaker of the House was Elected.
As well as 9 other Republcans in Local Elections one of them being Mary Lundby.
In latter years other Republcans also got elected and of course Mr Paulsen continued to be re elected.
Now the question before us seems to be
Is Mr Real Republican
Has their own unique definition of the phrase "
they didn't elect a single Republican.
which would mean that they also have their own unique definition of
Or is Mr Real Republican simply Lying to create the Illution of a Truth that does not exist because they believe we are too STUPID to look up the Public Record?
It is not like the members of the LCRCC have not had that happen to them in the not so distant past.
Still I have a hard time understanding the thinking of someone who Lies about something that is in the Public Record
I mean this IS the 21st Century you can with a few clicks of your mouse pull up the Recordon your Monitor
Then I recall Mr Real Republican DID send this to me via an envelope with a Stamp on it
So maybe they are stuck in the Past
But it does seem to be a Past of their own Creation and not the one the Restof the World shares.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
We Must Destroy The Committee In Order To Save It
There once was a Central Committee that had risen from the ashes.
It had declined to the point it had to take up a collection each meeting to pay for the room.
This was required because the bank account had run dry,
Attendence had fallen drastically, Events were non productive.
And then it got NEW LEADERSHIP
Leadership that vowed to work WITH the Committee as a Partner.
Promising to always keep in mind that the Contitution put the power of decision in the hands of the Committee and not the Executives,
And it came to pass the Committee Flourished
Attendence rose some meetings had 200 or more.
There was no problem affording anything it got done,
Events were overflowing with attendence
And it was Good
And then again New Leadership arose
And he Body thought it would be a continuation of what had worked so well
But instead the Leadership followed the path that had led to empty meeting rooms and emptier bank accounts
They proclaimed that ALL decision power was vested in THEM
The Committee had given birth to sundry Sub Committees and had worked hard over a period of Years to Build them up and give them charters.
They were well attended and healthy
The New Leaders Destroyed the Work of Years
To replace them with something called Teams of their own making and controled by people of their own choosing.
As all this happened attendence plummeted the treasury declined,
The Committee was in dissarray, a large portion of it felt disenfranchised.
In a very short time everything was back to where it had been BEFORE the Golden Era of Growth
None of this happened by Accident
A Great Deal of Effort was expended to accomplish these things
What I have not been able to figure out is
The Tax Revenue Shell Game
Recently the Iowa Conservative Union had a post on an increase of Marion's Garbage and Water Run Off Levy
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Not exactlly riveting but the REASON for the increase I found interesting.
It would appear that First the Marion Father took a large amount of funding from that Dept and spent it on somehing else
THEN they appeared before the Public with tears that would shame a Crocodile exclaiming
Oh My God we do not have the Money for the Garbage and Water Run Off Dept
ALAS we are going to be FORCED to Raise Taxes!
It IS rather clever
Rahm Emanuel once said, "Never let a Good Crisis go to waste,"
The Marion City Fathers said
"First Create Crisis, then Reap Opportunity."
Patter for the Shell GameA little fun, just now and then,
Is relished by the best of men.
If you have nerve, you may have plenty;
Five draws you ten, and ten draws twenty.
Attention given, I'll show to you,
How 'Umbrella' hides the peek-a-boo.
Select your shell, the one you choose;
If right, you win; if not, you lose;
The game itself is lots of fun,
Jim's chances, though, are two to one;
And I tell you your chance is slim
To win a prize from Umbrella Jim.
--"Umbrella Jim" Miner
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Bound To The Phone Bank
For most of history and prehistory a large portion of the human race was
Bound to the Land a form of Involuntary Servitude not a whole lot different from Slavery
Attitudes from those days linger in some who have positions which give them power over others,.
Even in Volunteer Association their actions seem to be tainted by an unspoken atttitude that the volunteers are "bound" to the Task set them,
In my last post I discussed how the LCRCC MAY be getting ready to institute proportinal respresentation which will make more ( how many more is under distpute) of our members FULL members.
When you give people New Rights there is often a positive reaction.
HOWEVER I understand there may also be a move to eliminate or curtail the rights of the Assistant Committee Persons that are listed in our By Laws
II. ASSISTANT COMMITTEE PERSONS The County Central Committee shall have the power to designate and select additional members from each precinct to assist the Committee persons. They shall have the right to attend meetings and to be heard. They shall not have the right to vote, except in the absence of a Committee person form their own precinct.
They constitute about 25 percent of the members attending meetings and IMO are among the more active members doing volunteer work
It is not uncommon for someone in the Excitement of Caucus to Stand for the position of Committee Person.
Then make one or two meetings and never be heard from again.
But someone who stands before the Body in the two years between Caucuses and says "Yes I want to Join this Body and take part in its activiities"
They usually stick around and come back month after month and become involved in the SubCommittee (Team Now) activities that occur between the meetings
So if we are planning to disenfranchise almost 25% of our Body we need to be pretty sure that they do not leave as a result.
I have been led to understand that while they may no longer be allowed to vote in the meeting of the Full Body, they could still participate and vote in the Sub Committees (Teams Now)
OH DARN I just remembered that may not happen either
The Executive Board has ALREADY decided which few members are going to be allowed to vote in the teams
But the disenfranchised former Asssistand Members will STILL be allowed to do the work
And THIS is how you motivate and keep a volunteer force?
I hope I am wrong about what is going to be presented to the Body
Because if what I described is what they push through by say
one of those tight 25 to 21 votes like the did other things?
They may end up with meetings of no more than 25 members
On the Bright side however they will have NO problem adjourning by
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Power To The People
As the last half of the 20th Century got under way the was a drive to awaken the political consciousness of the masses.
To in a few words give
Power to the People.
There also seemed oddly enough an unspokne assumption that in turn for this boon the masses would
Do what their betters told them to do,.
After all the masses NEEDED the intelligentsia, to Guide them
It was a great shock to our self proclaimed leaders when many of the masses decided to think for themselves and make their own choices.
That lapse of appreciation by the masses has been the impetus for attempts at corrective action for the 50 or 60 years since then.
There are continual attempts to fine tune how things are done so that decisions are made by the "right" people.
The Linn County Central Committee is a csse in point.
I understand that there is a adhoc committee looking at redoing the By Laws to allow proportional representation based on the last major elections.
Johnson County has such a system.
But for some reason there is resistance to using their method
It seems that it might allow too many people to become members of the LCRCC?
That's a Problem?
Why do we have membership drives then?
The rationale is because we have contention with the small amount of members attending meetings now and they are afraid that more members, I heard a potential fo 350 or so would make this worse.
What we are seeing is what I consider faux logic based on faulty assumptions,
Yes we have right now about 40 or so voting members at meetings.
Yes we have contenion
Yes we have seen contention before.
No when we have seen contention before it was not a result of large numbers at the meetings
A few years back we had sometimes 200 + attending,.
We have 86 precincts a maxium of 172 committee persona plus assistants.
The meetings went smoothly, we had no problem paying for anything, our funtions were roaring sucesses.
What has made the difference?
Whenc might the contention come from?
Well the Committee is pretty much the same but the Leadership has changed.
You tell me.
If we go to REAL proportional representation it might be a little bit harder for those who want to control every single aspect of the LCRCC to be sucessful.
They would be smaller fish in a bigger pool
What is wrong with that?
Monday, 22 June 2015
I had thought about making the title of this post
That being what Republicans have always said they stand for, but in the LCRCC we have some many more willing to
Talk the Talk
than we have willing tp
Walk the Walk
That I decided to make the title more fitting to the character of the Linn County Cental Commitee these days and call it
Now Crawling Chaos or Nyarlathotep may be one of\
the malign deities from the Lovecraftian Pantheon but it is
a good description of the Reality of the LCRCC
Let us take one example in order to prevent this post from being too lengthy.
I dare say if you ask Any Republican where they stand on Voting
You will get an oration on how important it is to protect the sanctity of the ballot box
How EVERY Decent Republican would do anything they can to prevent Illegal Voting
And ensure that everyone who does vote is legally entitled to
Unless they are members of the Linn County Central Committee
Now there WAS a time we did stand up for such things
And we insisted on Personal Responisibility if they were violated
Some of us recall a member being removed from the Body for Voting Violations,.
Not any more
A while back ballots were being passed out
Now everyone who has been attending for any length of time knows those who are credentialed to vote have a big plastic sleeve on a lanyard in which a BRIGHT LIME GREEN Credential Card is placed.
So when one of the members of the Membership and Meeting Setup Team spotted someone NOT wearing credentials sneaking a ballot under the table and hiding it,
They told another member to watch that person and if they did try to vote stop them
Which is what happened
and the consequences were
During May's Meeting a Credentialed Voter left the room and also left his Credentials on his table
Which they were not supposed to do.
If you leave the room the Credentials are to be turned in.
While they were gone there was a vote
And someone sitting at their table
Held up both their own credentials and the ones left on the table
First you do not get to vote for others and
Second you do not get to vote twice
They were caught Red Handed or maybe more appropriately
Bight Lime Green Handed
And the Consequences were
I am sorry but it does seem ridiculous for any of us to talk about how much we care about the sanctity of the ballot box while at the same time turning blind eyes to voter fraud in our own midst.
If there should be a third event?
I am for a Motion AT THAT MOMENT to remove the person for Voter Fraud
And if ANYONE should bring up the FACT that these two did the same without any consequences
Reply that point is well taken I wish to amend my motion to include Mr James Knox and Mr Mike Dupree
And if they have some Valid defense they can present it to the Body
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