Friday, July 18, 2008

The Weekly Stampede - July 16

Karl Rove to speak at Victory 2008 Luncheon

(Des Moines) – Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, will keynote a luncheon fundraiser for Iowa Victory 2008 next week.

The luncheon will be held at Des Moines’ Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Drive, beginning at Noon on Friday, July 25th. Iowa Republicans can attend the luncheon for a donation of $100. A photo reception with Mr. Rove is being held for those donating $1000.

Funds raised by Iowa Victory 2008 will go towards implementing the Republican Party of Iowa’s get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts leading up to the November 4th General Election. These efforts include door-knocking, phone banks, and canvassing across the state.

Reservations for the luncheon can be made by contacting Wes Peterson at RPI Headquarters, 515-282-8105 or email


2008 RPI State Convention Recap

(Des Moines) – The road to the 2008 General Election passed one more milestone as the final gavel fell on the Republican Party of Iowa State Convention Saturday, July 12. The convention, held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, was attended by an energetic crowd of more than 1600 delegates, alternates, and visitors from all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Impressive is the word I would use to describe it,” said RPI Chairman Stewart Iverson. “The venue was excellent, our candidates were superb, and the delegates all came enthused and prepared to conduct the business of the Republican Party.”

Iowa will send 40 delegates and 37 alternates to St. Paul, Minnesota for the Republican National Convention September 1-4. Twenty-two of the national delegates and their alternates were approved as a slate by the 1,347 voting delegates at Saturday’s convention. Fifteen delegates and alternates were chosen the night before at the District Presidential Caucuses with three delegates and alternates elected from each of Iowa’s five Congressional Districts.

The final three members of Iowa’s delegation will be RPI Chairman Stewart Iverson, National Committeeman Steve Roberts, and National Committeewoman Phyllis Kelly.

Newly-elected National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and National Committeewoman Kim Lehman will begin their terms following September's convention.


2008 Republican National Convention Preview

The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul's Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event.