The Delegate Slate

rnclogoThe 2016 GOP State Convention will come to order at 10 am, Saturday May 21 at the State Fairgrounds Varied Industries building. At our district conventions we elected 12 National Delegates and 12 Alternate National Delegates. One of the big tasks for the State Convention will be the election of 15 At-Large National Delegates and 15 At-Large Alternate Delegates.

Each congressional district elected 2 representatives to the State Convention Nominating Committee. The committee met in Des Moines and produced a slate of delegates and alternates to be voted on at the state. I haven’t seen this formally published anywhere (it will be published in the convention tabloid) so I asked the chairman of the committee and he gave me permission to publish the slate here.

At-Large National Delegate
Name County District
State Senator Bill Anderson Woodbury 4
Governor Terry Branstad Polk 3
Robert Cramer Polk 3
Bryan English Polk 3
State Senator Randy Feenstra Sioux 4
Carol Hanson Black Hawk 1
RPI Co Chair Cody Hoefert Lyon 4
Representative Steve King Sac 4
Marlys Popma Jasper 2
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Clarke 2
Richard Rogers Polk 3
Loras Schulte Benton 1
Cecil Stinemetz Polk 3
IA House Speaker Linda Upmeyer Cerro Gordo 4
Bob Vander Plaats Polk 3
At-Large Alternate National Delegate
Name County District
SCC Member Chelle Adkins Black Hawk 1
Shellie Bockenstedt Delaware 1
Pastor Joseph Brown Washington 2
Mary Dorin Polk 3
State Senator Dennis Guth Hancock 4
Rose Jaeger Scott 2
Jeff King Sac 4
Maurice McWhirter Tama 1
David Oman Polk 3
Kay Quirk Buena Vista 4
Donna Robinson Iowa 1
SCC Member Jennifer Smith Dubuque 1
SCC Member (elect) Heather Stancil Madison 3
Linda Stickle Jones 1
SCC Member Craig Williams Carroll 4

2016 GOP State Convention Rules

calmI will once again be serving as chairman of the State Convention Rules Committee. We have a great team on rules consisting of me and Chelle Adkins from CD1, Jason Purcell and Caleb Bell from CD2, Joel Kurtinitis and Jeremy Holt from CD3, and Katherine Asjes and Becky Hansen from CD4.

We met Saturday and produced the proposed rules presented here. We had a robust discussion but were able to come to a consensus on every major point in this document.

The only downside is that for the first time ever, rules was the last committee to finish deliberations on Saturday 🙁 Even platform and nominations finished before we did. Of course we did take and hour and fifteen minutes for a committee lunch at Krunkwich Ramen House 🙂

Here are the rules:


Proposed Rules: 2016 Iowa Republican State Convention

  1. General Rules
    1. The 2016 Iowa Republican State Convention (hereafter the Convention) shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th Edition except as hereunder provided or as specified in the Constitution and By-Laws of the party.
    2. Any motion from the floor, other than a nomination, shall require a second from fifty (50) or more Delegates.
    3. These rules may be suspended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote.
    4. The ruling of the Convention Chairman (hereafter the Chairman) shall be considered final, unless upon appeal, such ruling is overturned by a majority vote.
    5. The agenda, as adopted, shall be regarded as a part of these rules.
    6. Republican dignitaries, at the discretion of the Chairman, may be introduced as they arrive throughout the day and allowed to address the Convention for up to five (5) minutes each.
    7. Any registered Republican, residing in the State of Iowa, shall be eligible for nomination. Only seated Delegates shall be allowed to make nominations.
    8. All nominations must be seconded. No nominating speeches shall be allowed.
    9. Candidates running for National Delegate, National Alternate Delegate, National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, and Presidential Elector may distribute materials on the chairs in the Convention hall. Any other individual or organization must receive approval of the Organization Committee.
    10. Access to the Convention floor will be granted to Officers of the Convention, Delegates, Alternate Delegates who have replaced absent Delegates, designated Junior Delegates, and the Republican State Central Committee. The Republican State Chairman may also designate special guests and staff to have access to the Convention floor. Others shall be seated in designated locations.
    11. Delegates who address the Convention shall, after being recognized by the Chairman, identify themselves by name and county.
    12. In debate on any subject the number of speakers shall be limited to three (3) Delegates in favor and three (3) Delegates opposed. Each speaker shall be limited to one (1) minute. The lead sponsor shall be given the opportunity to speak first. No Delegate shall speak more than once on a given issue. No speaker shall be allowed to yield time to another speaker.
    13. The motions to lay on the table, postpone indefinitely, previous question (call the question), reconsider, and limit or extend debate shall be out of order.
    14. The Junior Delegates will be allowed to caucus and be recognized to speak about their Convention for up to five (5) minutes.
    15. A motion to adjourn shall only be in order if the agenda items are complete, or a quorum no longer exists.
  2. Delegates
    1. A quorum shall be 35% of the Delegates listed in the initially adopted report of the Credentials Committee. Quorum calls shall be limited to no more than one per hour.
    2. If a Delegate arrives after credentialing has closed, the Delegate shall report to the Sergeant at Arms and the Sergeant at Arms shall escort the Delegate to his County Chairman or County Chairman Designee (hereafter the Designee). The Delegate shall be seated and his County Chairman or Designee shall inform the Credentials Committee. Delegates shall always have priority over alternates.
    3. Any Delegate who leaves the Convention prior to adjournment shall advise his County Chairman or Designee before leaving. The County Chairman or Designee shall contact the next eligible Alternate Delegate, if any are available; deliver to the Alternate Delegate the credentials of the departing Delegate; and notify the Credentials Committee.
  1. Voting Rules
    1. Electronic voting devices, provided by the Republican Party of Iowa, shall be utilized for balloting and division counts. They shall be issued to Delegates with their credentials and returned after adjournment. Delegates failing to return their voting devices will be assessed a $50 fee.
    2. In the event that the electronic voting devices fail, or if more than ten (10) nominations are made for a given election, paper ballots shall be utilized for that election. Paper ballots shall be distributed, collected, and counted by County Chairmen or Designees and reported to the Secretary of the Convention.
    3. When electronic voting occurs, voting machines shall be open for one (1) minute.
    4. Voting by proxy will not be permitted. Only seated Delegates shall be allowed to cast a vote.
    5. A call for division, after any voice vote, shall require a second from 50 or more Delegates, consisting of at least ten (10) from each of the four districts, and shall move to a counted vote by electronic voting.
    6. In the event of a second ballot, and with each subsequent ballot, the candidate receiving the least number of votes on the previous ballot shall be eliminated.
  2. The Committee on Nominations
    1. The report of the Committee on Nominations shall consist of fifteen (15) Delegates at Large and fifteen (15) Alternate Delegates at Large to the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    2. Amendments to the report of the Committee on Nominations shall be considered out of order. Approval of the report shall be by majority of those voting, and shall constitute election of the nominated Delegates and Alternate Delegates.
    3. In the event the report of the Nominating Committee fails, nominations shall be taken from the floor. Nominees may speak to the Convention for up to two (2) minutes each. Voting shall be by ballot, and nominees shall be elected by a plurality.
  3. National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, and Presidential Electors
    1. Delegates may make nominations from the floor for National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, and Presidential Electors.
    2. Each candidate for National Committeeman and National Committeewoman may speak to the Convention for up to five (5) minutes.
    3. Each candidate for Presidential Electors may speak to the Convention for up to two (2) minutes.
  4. Platform–Amendments and Debate
    1. An amendment to the report of the Platform Committee must be in writing and signed with original signatures only (no photo-copied signatures) by no fewer than fifty (50) Delegates representing all four districts. Each amendment must be typed or printed legibly on a separate 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper. Each amendment must clearly indicate the section of the Platform to be amended. Amendments must indicate the lead sponsors’ and Delegates’ printed names, districts, and signatures.
    2. Amendments to the report of the Platform Committee must be submitted to the Convention Secretary by 12:00 noon.
    3. All properly submitted amendments (see Section 6a) shall be brought before the Convention for approval during the appropriate section of the platform debate.
    4. There shall be no debate on any individual plank, or section, or the entire report of the platform, unless an amendment has been properly filed.
    5. Secondary amendments shall not be allowed during debate on the Platform.
    6. If a quorum is lost, or a motion to adjourn is carried, before the conclusion of the consideration of the amendments filed, the platform as amended shall be considered adopted.
    7. The Platform Committee Chairman shall proof the newly adopted platform. He may clarify, correct spelling or grammar, rearrange the order of planks, but shall not change the substance or intent of any plank.


On being a Christian Leader in the Iowa GOP

When I went to college at UNI I majored (or at least it seemed that I did) in Frisbee. Whenever I saw people throwing a Frisbee I would ask to join in. I became convicted, I realized that I spent more time teaching strangers how to do Frisbee tricks than spreading the gospel. I decided to do something about it. Since I carried a Frisbee in my book bag everywhere I went. On the inside rim of my Frisbee, I wrote in permanent marker:


When I would start throwing my Frisbee people would see the writing on the rim and ask what it meant. I told them that it stood for the first letters of the words of Romans 1:16:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ …

It gave me opportunities and forced me to engage with people I met about my faith and in many cases share the gospel with them.

Now, as I ‘retire’ from a leadership position within the Republican Party of Iowa, I want to take the opportunity once more to share my faith. I don’t just want to fight for Christian principles … I have been called to make disciples.

I have posted this before but as I retire I want to take one last opportunity.

Over the years I have observed a number of Christian Leaders within our party and I guess people have also observed me. What I have observed is a focus on social issues like abortion and public sanction of homosexual unions. Many who share my faith have exhibited a righteous zeal when it comes to issues — a zeal that I often share. What I have not seen enough of is faith. So I want to do something in this post that I have not seen many other Christian Leaders in our party do — I want to share my faith.

My politics are shaped by my faith. In fact I believe that everyone’s politics are shaped by their faith. Perhaps not a traditional religious faith but by those core beliefs that they hold dear. But more important than my politics, my life should be shaped by my faith. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that I have a responsibility to share my faith with others. I would be remiss in my duty if I fought only for social issues and did not take opportunity to share my testimony of how Jesus Christ changed my life. So if any of you are still reading …

I was raised knowing the stories and characters from the Bible like Noah, Jonah, David, Joshua, Daniel, etc. I knew that I was a sinner as the Bible says:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; — Romans 3:23

I knew that sin caused separation and death, and I knew that the ultimate result of sin was Hell. In fact when Paul describes death as the wages of sin he is saying that death (like wages) is something we have earned!

For the wages of sin is death — Romans 6:23a

But I thought that the way to be reconciled to God was by my works. That if I did more good things than bad, God would weigh the good against the bad and if the balance came out in my favor, I would be allowed into heaven. I figured that while I was not as good as say, Mother Teresa, I was also not as bad as say, Hitler. In the end since I did more good than bad I figured that I would be OK.

But one day, everything changed. A dear friend of mine started arguing with me, she said that there was nothing I could do that could measure up to what Jesus Christ did for me. He came to Earth and offered himself up a perfect sinless sacrifice. He suffered and died for me. She showed me from the Bible that God was offering salvation to all as a free gift, that to try and earn it was an insult to God. And one day, it clicked, the Holy Spirit reached out to me heart and convinced me that I could not earn salvation, that it was a free gift.

… but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Romans 6:23b

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. — Romans 10:9

It was 1975 and I repented of my sin, and did confess with my mouth and believe in my heart, I accepted the free gift of salvation that God purchased for me through His Son, and anyone reading this post can do the same. I will continue to post on this site about topics that are politically interesting or important to me, but as a  have chosen not to run for re-election to the RPI State Central Committee, I felt that I had to post on the topic that is most important to me. I would challenge other Christian Leaders in our party to share not just their political convictions, but to join me in sharing their faith.

David Chung for National Delegate

dave-loresI am old enough to remember typing classes. In my school there was a room full of IBM Selectric typewriters. One of the exercises was to type the sentence:

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.

I was not planning on running for a delegate spot at Cleveland. I was going to try to do something uncharacteristic for me, I was planning on staying out of the fight. But I can keep still no longer. Now is indeed the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.

I am a born-again Christian, a homeschooling husband and father of eight. A deacon in a Baptist church, a Sunday School teacher and sometime preacher. I have been a small businessman. I am the father of a disabled veteran. I am the child of (legal) immigrants. I am a believer in the Constitution and limited government. I AM A CONSERVATIVE therefore I AM A REPUBLICAN!!!!

I am not a Republican because I believe my party is perfect — I am a Republican because I believe that the GOP offers the best opportunity to advance the principles I hold dear and turn this nation around. To secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

I am concerned that if no one gets 1237 votes, the Convention rules committee will change the rules at the last second to pave the way for someone who did not even run for president to be our nominee. I am concerned that we could have a third-party run. I am concerned that we might have faithless electors and the election could be decided by the House of Representatives.

Even so, my real concern is that in fall, Republicans will stay home. I hear both Cruz and Trump supporters say that if their guy doesn’t get the nomination, they will leave the party. If this schism in our party continues we could wake up on Wednesday morning November 9th and find:

  • President Hillary Clinton
  • A Democrat controlled Congress
  • Senator Patty Judge
  • Representative Monica Vernon
  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal
  • House Speaker Mark Smith

This dystopian nightmare could become reality if we cannot come together after Cleveland. As Ben Franklin said,

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

I am a rules expert and a fighter. If I have the opportunity to go to Cleveland. I will fight to ensure that the rules are not changed at the eleventh hour and that the will of the people is not thwarted.

Full disclosure, I caucused for Ted Cruz, but I will respect the will of the grassroots as expressed though the delegates. I pledge to support the Republican ticket this fall from the Courthouse to the White House and I would appreciate your vote this Saturday.