Iowa first?

This press release was just issued by the Republican Party of Iowa:

Iowa passes first major test to remain first in presidential nominating contest

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Stewart Iverson today praised the Republican National Committee’s rules committee for passing what’s called the “Ohio Plan,” which would keep Iowa first in the presidential nominating process.

The plan, passed this morning in Albuquerque at a meeting of the Republican Rules Committee, would retain the lead-off roles for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and rotate remaining states on a quadrennial basis.

Iverson says this is the first significant step for Iowa’s effort to keep its first-in-the-nation role in the presidential nominating process.

This is a great day for the state of Iowa,” said Iverson. “I am pleased that the rules committee was able to work together and find a practical compromise. Iowans take their role in the nominating process very seriously. We invest the time to get to know the candidates and their positions on the issues, and understand the extremely significant role we have in selecting the next president.”

The RNC will have another rules committee meeting this summer, where this plan may be discussed, and it may ultimately be voted on at  the Republican National Convention this September in Minneapolis.

UPDATE at 2 p.m.:  Republican Party of Iowa chairman Stewart Iverson called Radio Iowa to talk about today’s action. This mp3 runs about six minutes if you want to listen to the conversation.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.