As I reported in my last post, the State Central Committee met last weekend in Ames. In this post I would like to update my readers on the results of the meeting.
The Organization Committee met and we discussed how to choose National Committee Delegates. The committee approved moving the selection of the nomination committeee from the Friday night before the state convention to the district convention. The nominating committee will meet along with all the other state convention committees in Des Moines the week (or two weeks) after the District Convention. The nominating committee will be required to report its slate in the tabloid to be distributed in advance of the State Convention. The State Convention rules should make it relatively easy to modify the slate from the convention floor. I am not sure of a better way to do it.
I also made a motion that did not pass. I suggested that we do away with the the Friday night District Nominating Convention. I said that district business should be done at the district convention … unfortunately I lost that debate by a realtively large margin. Just to be snarky I moved that we move the SCC election to the Friday night meeting. I suggested that the very same arguments for keeping the district delegation elections on Friday also applied to the SCC elections. That vote went down 15-1. Oh well, I guess Don Quixote is my hero.
In other business, we finalized the rules for Straw Poll participants. No one will be excluded, anyone who has a campaign or exploratory committee and can come up with the dollars cna participate in the Straw Poll.
As far as redistricting goes, on the SCC, we have agreed that we will all work in our newly defined districts based on our residency. The prevailing argument was that we will all be going through the caucus to convention process in our new districts. Starting with the precinct caucuses we will all be working in our new districts.
In an earlier post, I listed the new district assignments incorrectly. Jeremiah Johnson has sinced moved to Scott County and Tim Moran is or has moved into the new Fourth Distirct. Tim works for Congressman King so he is moving into King's newly aligned district. The actual SCC assignments are:
- Chelle Adkins, David Chung
- Trudy Caviness, Emily Lofgren, John Ortega, Jeremiah Johnson
- Wes Enos, David Fischer, Gopal Krishna, Monte Shaw
- Drew Ivers, Bill Schickel, AJ Spiker, Craig Williams, Tim Moran
Chelle and I will be working with the counties in the First District during the Caucus to Convention process.
The meeting ended with a tour of the Staw Poll and Debate sites.
There is one remaining piece of business left over from this meeting. John Otega was in the process of making a motion regarding SCC members serving on campaigns. Since we had to leave for the tour (the busses were hired and the venue staff was expecting us) we decided to hold a 'special meeting' to consider John's motion.
There has been quite a bit of buzz about the topic, my friend Art posted on it at The Conservative ReaderIowa Republican. I am interested in hearing readers' thought on this issue. I will share my thoughts in a future post.