(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa GOP State Convention was called to order. I’ll be here throughout the day to provide updates.  The most recent update will be at the top. Be sure to refresh your browser. We are at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA.

2:39p – Platform as amended was adopted by voice vote, and with that we’re pretty much done with the exception of hearing the report from the junior delegates. I think I’m signing off. Thanks for following along folks.

2:36p – Here is the presidential elector vote count.

2:33p – The plank dealt with more than the TSA.  Can’t hear very well in the cheap seats.

2:32p – The TSA plank passed by voice vote.

2:25p – Plank about abolishing the TSA is being debated now.

2:20p – I have no idea what plank is being debated now, but it lost.

2:15p – The anti-Common Core plank passes 887 to 462.

2:12p – Voice vote was close, they’re voting using the electronic devices.

2:07p – Debate on a plank addressing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and data collection. Platform committee is against it, they say the principle is generally covered. I’m not entirely sure where that is. I do hope the convention passes this.

2:02p – The at-large delegate slate was approved by voice vote (other delegates were voted on at district conventions):

  • State Senator Bill Anderson
  • Governor Terry Branstad
  • Robert Cramer
  • Bryan English
  • State Senator Randy Feenstra
  • Carol Hanson
  • Cody Hofert
  • Congressman Steve King
  • Marlys Popma
  • Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds
  • Richard Rogers
  • Loras Schulte
  • Cecil Stinemetz
  • Speaker Linda Upmeyer
  • Bob Vander Plaats

Alternate delegates:

  • Chelle Adkins
  • Shellie Bockenstedt
  • Joseph Brown
  • Mary Dorin
  • State Senator Dennis Guth
  • Rose Jaeger
  • Jeff King
  • Maurice McWhirther
  • David Oman
  • Kay Quirk
  • Donna Robinson
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Heather Stancil
  • Linda Stickle
  • Craig Williams

1:55p – No controversial platform planks that I can see glancing through. I wished there was a clear anti-national education standards plank. There is an Article V Convention plank, and I don’t think that has been in the platform before.

1:5op – Electing Presidential Electors… hearing the nomination speeches is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

1:41p – Rick Bertrand had a huge ad run for him in the delegate handout. Good luck there buddy. I don’t think he’s speaking today.

1:40p – Tamara Scott is running unopposed for National Committeewoman.

1:39p – Steve Scheffler wins reelection easily. 1107 to 372

1:24p – National Committeeman race, Dave Dicks was nominated by his wife Tina. Steve Scheffler was nominated by Congressman Steve King. I don’t foresee Scheffler losing reelection.

12:46p – Yeah the half hour given for lunch wasn’t happening… Some pics.

The lunch line.
This is the electronic voting device delegates were given.
Tamara Scott has swag.
Ran into Congressman Rod Blum at lunch.
Lunch from Smokey Ds.

12:10p – LUNCH!!!!!! Yay!!!!!

12:06p – Peters advocates for campaign finance reform and restore the idea of a citizen legislator.

12:04p – Peters: I’d like to restore the ideal of civil discourse.

12:02p – Peters says he is running for his kids and his concern about the national debt.

12:00p – Dr. Christopher Peters, the Republican candidate in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, addresses the convention.

11:58a – Blum says that Republicans must be unified, but appealed to delegates to at least get behind state and local candidates.

11:56a – Blum: Whether it is President Trump or President Clinton, the President of the United States is not above the Constitution.

11:54a – Blum addressing economic issues, spending, and debt.

11:48a – Congressman Rod Blum is now addressing the convention.

11:47a – Rules approved, proposed amendment was shot down. Rules are pretty standard looking through them.

11:41a – We may have a fight over rules.

11:36a – Now we’re getting into the committee reports, etc.

11:32a – I was given this when coming in. Hmm…

11:29a – Unless I missed it Young did not do a rah, rah Trump thing… heresy…

11:25a – Young says he is having his paycheck withheld until a budget is passed.

11:23a – Young: Congress has not passed a budget, but Congress is still getting paid. That doesn’t seem right to me, and I know it doesn’t seem right to you. No budget, not pay.

11:22a – Congressman David Young comes to the stage. Hope to ask him about that vote switch the other day.

11:20a – Grassley said Trump must show he will appoint good judges to the Supreme Court.

11:16a – Grassley: Some of you may have heard that I’m involved in an issue dealing with the Supreme Court. Huge applause.

11:15a – Grassley cautions against third term for Obama.

11:12a – Grassley says he appreciates Iowans sending Joni Ernst to the United States Senate.

11:11a – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley gets a standing ovation when he is introduced.

11:10a – Probably one of the more subdued speeches I’ve seen Reynolds give.

11:06a – Reynolds contrasts Republicans with Democrats. Says Republicans need to unite. Brings up Obama’s assault on religious liberty. Says we need to have a President who respects states rights and federalism.

11:01a – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is up… Iowa Republicans are ready to fight and ready to win.

10:59a – King acknowledges division in the party says he is working with the Donald Trump campaign on conservative issues so those who are leery of him can support him.

10:57a – King said let’s elect this Republican slate.

10:55a – King: We have a nation to put together.

10:53a – Congressman Steve King is up. Crowd favorite along with Joni Ernst.

10:51a – Cody Hoefert… Never Hillary… drink…

10:49a – Ernst’s remarks on WOTUS were well received by a lot of farmers who are impacted by it.

10:48a – Ernst.. Never Hillary… drink… Unity… drink…

10:46a – Ernst had a tepid response when she said Congress fixed No Child Left Behind. A lot of grassroots conservatives were against the Every Student Succeeds Act. Probably not a winning talking point.

10:44a – Ernst: We need to send Chuck Grassley back to the Senate. We need to toe the line on the Supreme Court nominees.

10:43a – Ernst we are adding all sorts of people to the party who has never turned out ever before.

10:41a – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst is up.

10:39a – We could do a drinking game with the terms “unity” and “make America great again.”

10:36a – Branstad – let’s make America great again… I guess everyone is adopting Trump messaging… Well, hopefully not all of their messaging.

10:34a – Acoustics suck in here. It is hard to hear when speakers yell w/ clapping. I may have to make some stuff up… (just kidding)

10:33a – Branstad… unity…

10:32a – Branstad recounts when he read a book about conservatism, and how he became a conservative in college.

10:31a – Governor Terry Branstad is on stage pointing out delegates that he knows. Wonder why he’s been elected six terms? This is one of the reasons why. He said he has to leave early for a memorial service.

10:25a – Jeff Kaufmann, Chair of the Iowa GOP, said the party is unified. He’s never Hillary. Donald Trump is far better. He brings up the danger of leaving Supreme Court nominations to Hillary Clinton. Unity… Never Hillary… in typical vigorous Kaufmann style.

10:12a – Mike Demastus, pastor of Ft. Des Moines Church of Christ, gave the invocation which probably made Iowa Governor Terry Branstad a little uncomfortable. He prayed for courage for the governor to remove his office’s name from the LGBTQ student conference. Then prayed he would stand up to the transgender edict from the White House.

10:10a – Iowa GOP Co-Chair Cody Hoefert said in his opening remarks that Republicans need to work together to elect Donald Trump in order to make America great again.

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  1. Great to see the GOP getting behind our nominee! He’s already shown his bent on naming justices, he’s shown discernment with working the illegal immigration problem, he’s gone out there for the 2nd Amendment, and he’s continually been against abortion and for defunding Planned Parenthood. And somehow, there are those who say he’s not a conservative. Time to go win this thing!

  2. Regarding the 7 delegates chosen that Trump earned in the Caucus, would they likely be pulling for Trump’s interests if there is a second vote? Will they be advocating for items Trump would want to be in the Platform?

  3. Results of a calling for the convention of states = Bill of Rights (1789) Results of not calling for a convention of states = Civil War (1861) The Founders unanimously provided Article V option for the states to balance the federal government’s overreach. More than 400 such state applications have been filed over the years including the first couple that led to the bill of rights. As with all amendments to the constitution 38 states (both houses) are required for ratification. This is an enormously protective requirement that has only been reached 27 or so times. The COS Project application has already been passed by 7 states and 20 or more state houses. This application is limited to 3 areas: (a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. (b) Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government. (c) Limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. Please sign E-Petition. Takes less than 20 seconds. This will encourage your local state rep to become more involved in States’ rights.

  4. The entire GOP needs to research, and Support the Convention of States Project! Let’s reel in this out of control Federal Government

    1. Wa State Director Eric sent us an email…..Wa State Republican party officially added COS to their platform!!!! way to go !!!!!

      Section 2: We believe LIMITED GOVERNMENT is essential to a free society.
      Our Founders created a Constitution of limited and enumerated powers, underscored by the passage of the Tenth Amendment. We uphold strict compliance with the constitutional limitation of the federal and state governments and believe limiting the role of government is essential toward building economic prosperity and fostering individual freedom.

      Recognizing that at least seven states have already passed legislation making such a call, we support the call for a Convention of States per Article V of the U.S. Constitution limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.

      This is a solid win for us and should help us to put pressure on R legislators to support us. COS is now official policy for WSRP.

  5. There’s another way for the Iowa GOP to effect change and that is to pass a resolution calling for a Convention of the States. Article V of our constitution allows the states to do this because our federal government has become corrupt. Become educated at; and then get involved! We CAN take our country back but we need everyone’s help to do it.

  6. I hope you settle on a Convention of States plank in the platform. Taking the last peaceful remedy to rein in the abuses of the federal government is a natural gift from the Constitution, Article V.

  7. Our federal government has overstepped its authority. The overreach by both the executive branch and the legislative branch had been supported by decisions made by the courts. Convention Of States has an article V application that will allow delegates to propose amendments to rein in all three branches of the federal government.
    To sign the petition, volunteer, or just to get more information visit

  8. The Article V Convention of States hopefully will be on the platforms and minds of a number of candidates and incumbents in the near future. The COS is the most viable way to balance the budget, loosen the EPA’s chokehold on small businesses, and limit Executive oraders and over reach, and let the Constitution work again for the people and by the people. For detailed information, go to

  9. Iowa Republicans realize that the federal government will never control itself. The solution lies in using Article V of the US Constitution to call a Convention of States to peacefully and constitutionally bring the federal government back under control of the states. I’m tired of Congress not listening to WE THE PEOPLE…. 27 more states and they will have to hear us!!!! This effort is active in all 50 states. Please learn more and join the liberty loving volunteers in this amazing grassroots movement. Visit here to learn more, sign the petition, and sign up to volunteer:

  10. Hello,

    I am a volunteer with a subsidiary of citizens for self governance. We are a grassroots operation involved in the education and organization of citizens throughout the united states, at all levels of government. We believe it is time to try amending the constitution at a state convention, and we intend to do so by informing the public.

    Learn more at; sign the petition and volunteer. We will contact you with more information on how you can get involved in local politics; become a district captain, and begin hosting local meetings in your area. We believe that the power in this country ought to be in the hands of the people, not the legislators. In other words; our representatives and senators ought to do what we tell them to.

    In an amended constitution legislators may receive shorter terms; so they may be more focused on serving the interests of the people.

    In an amended constitution judges may receive shorter terms; so they may be more focused on serving the interests of the people.

    More elections could ensure that the voters have their voices heard, and their interests met.

    Furthermore, amending the constitution to include legislation that will require the federal government to balance a budget; to ensure government programs continue to be funded for future generations.

    There are some great scholarly minds behind these statements; read more at

  11. I’m happy to see that there is an Article V Convention plank – we need a Convention of States (not a Constitutional Convention, of course, which the Constitution does not allow for) to pass amendments to the Constitution and restrain the Federal Government. Learn more at

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