DES MOINES, Iowa– A new non-scientific survey shows seventy-nine percent of Republicans rate the accuracy of the presidential vote tabulation process used at the 2012 Iowa caucus as excellent or good. That accuracy question received the highest rating in the survey of Republicans who attended the Iowa caucuses.
The survey of 669 Republicans by the Iowa Caucus Review Committee was conducted Monday, May 7 through Sunday, May 13. Of those who responded, 250 also offered ideas and suggestions on how to improve the caucuses.
The information will be used by the committee which is developing recommendations to improve the Iowa caucuses. The next meeting of the committee is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30th at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
On the other hand, 68% gave a poor or fair rating to the release by the Republican Party of Iowa of caucus vote results to the media and public.
Seventy-one percent said their overall view of the Iowa caucuses was excellent or good.
Sixty-two percent of those who received caucus training said it was excellent or good. However, 43% indicated they received no training.
“This is very useful information for the committee,” said Bill Schickel, committee chairman. “It tells us what we are doing right and gives us guidance in the areas that we need to improve.”
The survey was conducted by email utilizing Survey Monkey software.
Those surveyed were asked to give a rating of excellent, good, fair or poor to the following questions:
1) What is your overall view of the 2012 Iowa caucuses?
2) How would you rate the accuracy of the presidential vote tabulation process used at your caucus?
3) How would you rate the release, by the Republican Party of Iowa, of caucus vote results to the media and public?
4) If you were a leader, how would you rate the caucus training that you received?
Branstad encourages party to come together and support Mitt Romney
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Branstad says it is time for the party to come together and devote their attention to victory against President Obama as Republicans gear up for the November election.
“I purposefully withheld my endorsement until now, because I wanted my focus to be on uniting the Republican Party going into the fall.
“I want to commend all of the candidates who participated in the Iowa caucuses. Once again, Iowa did its job in winnowing the field. The top four finishers in the Iowa caucuses remain the four candidates in the race. Now, more than three months later and after a vigorous campaign, I believe the time has come to coalesce around one candidate.
“All four candidates have worked hard. All four candidates demonstrated why they would be better than the current White House occupant. I consider all four of the remaining candidates my friends, and I am proud of the campaigns they waged in Iowa. They fought hard, and shared their ideas for our country. In the end, we knew one of the top four finishers out of Iowa would be our nominee, and I am excited to elect a Republican president who got their start in Iowa.
“Now that dozens of caucuses and primaries have occurred, the process did what it was supposed to do, and that is produce the candidate who will capture the needed delegates: Mitt Romney.
“Today, I am enthusiastically endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. In Mitt Romney, Americans will have a clear contrast with President Obama in November. Gov. Romney is committed to cut out-of-control spending, unleash the private sector to create jobs, and ensure that future generations have the opportunities we have enjoyed due to the American free enterprise system.
“There is a lot at stake in the upcoming election, and Republicans in Iowa are energized. One need only look at the surging Republican registrations to understand how motivated our party is heading into November. Republicans are in a position to carry Iowa for just the second time since 1984, and we will not let this opportunity slip away. Mitt Romney is going to be a strong general election contender, and I will work every day to unite Republicans and attract independents and disillusioned Democrats to elect a president who will restore the American dream and unite our nation.”
IOWA GOP ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF COMMITTEE ON THE IOWA CAUCUS
DES MOINES–The Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) State Central Committee today approved the formation of a 17-member Iowa Caucus Review Committee and confirmed Chairman A. J. Spiker’s nominees to the committee.
The committee will be chaired by RPI Co-Chair Bill Schickel. Iowa Secretary of State Deputy of Elections Mary Mosiman will serve as committee co-chair.
“My challenge to the committee is to bring back recommendations that will build upon the most open and transparent presidential preference process in the country,” Spiker said.
“The purpose of the committee is to conduct a full audit and review of the Republican Caucus,” said Schickel. “We’re going to review what went right and what went wrong. We will fix what went wrong and promote what went right.”
The committee will hold its first meeting at 10 A.M. Thursday, April 26 in Des Moines. Future meetings will be held in other communities across the state.
Committee members will be assigned to sub-committees on public relations, operations and training. A research subcommittee will gather data and background information for the committee.
The committee and each of the sub-committees will be asking for ideas and suggestions from experts and ordinary citizens alike throughout the state and nation, Schickel said.
“Although this will be a review of the Republican caucuses, we will be acting in consultation with our colleagues in the Democrat Party,” Schickel said. “Having open, honest and transparent caucuses is in the interest of all Iowans.”
The members of the Iowa Caucus Review Committee are:
Chair Bill Schickel, Cerro Gordo County Co-Chair Mary Mosiman, Story County Chad Olsen, Guthrie County David Chung, Linn County David Fischer, Polk County David Oman, Polk County Gwen Ecklund, Crawford County Judy Davidson, Scott County Kathy Pearson, Linn County Kim Lehman, Polk County Randy Erickson, Buena Vista County Rev. Jamie Johnson, Webster County Richard Schwarm, Winnebago County Sen. Nancy Boettger, Shelby County Steve Grubbs, Scott County Steve Scheffler, Polk County Wes Enos, Polk County
Gov. Branstad thanks Strawn for his service to the Republican Party of Iowa
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement thanking Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn for his service to the party on behalf of Iowa Republicans:
“I want to thank Matt Strawn for his three years of leadership at the Republican Party of Iowa. Matt took over at a time when the party was in desperate shape, and rebuilt it precinct-by-precinct, putting it in the strongest position in years. Under Matt Strawn’s leadership, we defeated an incumbent governor for the first time since 1962, gained control of the Iowa House with a 60-seat majority, won six seats in the Iowa Senate, restored a strong financial standing and have surged in Republican registration. Matt’s leadership will be missed, but I am confident a smooth transition will take place at the Republican Party of Iowa and we will continue our party’s successes this November.”
Gov. Branstad accepts President Obama’s invitation to event in Cedar Rapids
Governor’s public events previously announced for Wednesday have been canceled
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today announced that he has accepted President Obama’s invitation to his event in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Gov. Branstad will greet President Obama at The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids then travel to the event at Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing.
THE DES MOINES REGISTER TO RELEASE FINAL IOWA POLL RESULTS OF LIKELY 2012 REPUBLICAN CAUCUS-GOERS AT 8 P.M. EST ON SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011
Des Moines, IA- On Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at 8 p.m. EST, The Des Moines Register, a Gannett company, will release the initial findings of the year’s final Iowa Poll of likely 2012 Republican caucus-goers, exclusively through DesMoinesRegister.com.<http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/> The poll will be published in the Des Moines Sunday Register on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
This exclusive poll is closely watched by candidates and national media as a barometer of voters’ opinions in the leadoff caucus state in the days before voting begins in the presidential nominating process. In this highly volatile race, a different candidate led each of the three previous polls.
The results, tabulated from December 27-30, 2011 are the final in a series of polls that have surveyed Iowans on the Republican presidential field.
The Daily Iowan Editorial Board endorses Texas Rep. Ron Paul for the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses.
The reasons for endorsing Paul over the other Republican contenders are numerous and warranted. The differences between their beliefs on governing primarily motivate our decision.
Paul is a candidate who appeals to voters across the political spectrum. He has also been exceptionally consistent in his time in Congress. He doesn't play political games — even with his opponents — and remains truthful to his word. This alone is a redeeming quality in a candidate in today's political sphere.
Despite the mainstream media writing him off as being unable to win Iowa, he is now polling in second place and may even be the most popular candidate in Iowa, given the margin of error. The full article can be viewed here.