“The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignored, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed… of all Damned things is the individual human being. The social engineers, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned to it. The theologians call it a sinner and tries to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. The psychotherapist calls it neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing will not fit into their slots.”
Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
No matter how you feel about what is going on in DC, there has never been a better time to get involved in Iowa politics! Be it at the state, county, city, or community level, it is no secret that this is where the individual has the most influence in this country. There are plenty of ways to be active outside of political parties but if you would like to get involved or simply make your voice heard, here are what some of the growing Iowa parties have coming up.
This week the Libertarian Party of Iowa filed to become Iowa’s third recognized political party. Political party status is a legal definition established by Iowa Code which allows the party certain privileges including the ability to participate in the Primary Election. With party status, Iowan Libertarians will be able to vote for Libertarian candidates in the 2018 primaries.
The next Libertarian Party county public meeting will be the Polk County meeting.
Thursday, February 16 from 7 PM – 9 PM
3520 86th St, Urbandale, Iowa 50322
This will be followed shortly by the state convention.
Friday Night: March 24th, from 7-10pm, The Libertarian Party of Iowa will be hosting a state convention-eve social at Legend’s Bar and Grill (located at Birchwood Crossing, 8460 Birchwood Ct, Johnston, IA 50131). You will have a chance to meet and talk with keynote speaker Larry Sharpe in a casual relaxed setting. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. They can be purchased via the link below.
Saturday: March 25th Convention registration begins at 8:00am and continues until 10am. There will be a working session for LPIA members from 8:15-9:45 to review proposed bylaw and constitution changes. Our speakers begin at 10am with keynote Larry Sharpe, Professor Tim Johnson, and LP Regional Representative Dave Demarest and continue through lunch. After lunch we will have our state business meeting for voting members. We will be voting on bylaw and constitution changes as well as determining our state executive committee members for the next two year. The business portion of the convention is free. Admission to the full day is $40 in advance (by March 16th); $50 for late registration (after March 16th), this admission includes lunch.
Since the presidential election, Iowa Greens have been busy with new projects, organizing new local chapters and thinking ahead to the next elections. Here is some of what they are working on.
- Iowa Greens have requested and support legislative bills to adopt Instant Runoff Voting to make elections more fair and to ban abusive use of seclusion rooms in Iowa’s schools.
- The Iowa Green Party strongly supports the work of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, ND, and the Dakota Access Pipeline resisters along the route throughout Iowa. Members have visited the camps, bringing donations and supplies.
- The Iowa Green Party is looking ahead to coming election cycles, and plan to recruit, run, and elect Green candidates to office.
Check out list of contacts around the state to find a chapter near you: http://iowagreens.org/contacts.htm. If there isn’t one in your area, write to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how you can be involved. They are always looking to start new chapters and movements around the state! Also, you can help them raise funds by purchasing t-shirts or donating to the greens at their website (http://iowagreens.org/).
Secretary of the IAGP: Holly Hart (email@example.com)
Co-chairs of the IAGP: Ted Pfeiff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Henry Gaff (email@example.com)
Treasurer of the IAGP: Ray Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Black Hawk County: Henry Gaff (email@example.com)
Cerro Gordo County: Shaun Buchite (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dallas County: Justin Waters (email@example.com)
Des Moines County: Richard Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Johnson County: Holly Hart (email@example.com)
Linn County: contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott County: Ted Pfeiff (email@example.com)
Washington County: Dawn Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Winnesheik County: Christine Mohrhauser (email@example.com)
Woodbury County: David Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joel Kurtinitis was a Regional Director for Ron Paul 2012, a state co-chair for Ted Cruz in 2016, and a State Central Committee member in the Republican Party of Iowa. He is heading up state party formation of the Iowa Federalist Party. If you are interested in leading or assisting in efforts here at home, you can reach him at email@example.com.
If you are interested in becoming involved, either with a party or as an independent, you are always welcome to attend your community, city, and state political events. If you are interested in one of the established parties, many of the county affiliates started with people simply having gatherings of a few people in their homes, at libraries, or at coffee shops. If you are interested in running for office you will have more options in 2017 and 2018 than ever before in Iowa. You may now register or change your party affiliation online via the link below.
“Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all.“ Thomas Carlyle
Marco Battaglia writes for the Iowa Free Press and is a proud member of The Fourth Estate