John Kasich in Iowa
Democracy in Action total: 16 visits, 34 days.  Thank you to Prof. Hugh Winebrenner for his assistance.

1999 ...8 visits, 17 days
Aug. 7                 Speaks at 1999 Republican Midwest Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE.
    [Planned before withdrawal:  July 25-31 Iowa--RAGBRAI Bicycle Race; Aug. 13-14 Iowa Straw Poll, Ames, IA].
July 17-18                "Thank You" tour, accompanied by Hall of Fame pitcher and Iowan Bob Feller.  July 17 Coffee hosted by the Hardin County Central Committee at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls; coffee hosted by the Franklin County Central Committee in Hampton; reception at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Humboldt; reception/fundraiser for the Story County Central Committee at Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada.  July 18 Coffee hosted by Dick and Carolyn Koberg at their home in Carroll; picnic/BBQ hosted by Rick and Janet Young at their home in Jewell.
July 14                     Kasich announces he is ending his presidential quest and will not seek re-election to Congress in 2000.  Texas Gov. George W. Bush joins Kasich in a Washington press conference and receives the congressman's endorsement.
July 3                        July 2 schedule scratched; held up by congressional business arrived very late.  July 3 Shoeless Joe Jackson National Baseball Tournament "FanFest '99" and parade; Field of Dreams baseball game with Bob Feller and others in Dyersville.
June 11-13                 June 11 Catholic Health Association's presidential pledge signing at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines; address to Pachyderm Club at the VFW in Marshalltown; coffee at Park Center in Newton.  June 12 Coffee at the Pella Opera Company in Pella; addresses World Pork Expo in Des Moines; Main Street walk in Traer; reception with the Benton County Republican Committee in Vinton.  June 13 "Iowa Burger Bake" for the travelling press corps at Joensy's Diner in Solon.  [Ground rules: 1. All discussion is on-the-record.  2. All burgers will be well done.  3. American cheese only--none of those foreign cheeses.  4. Plain buns--no  sesame seeds.  5. No fancy mustard--just the yellow stuff.  6. Standard fries only--nothing 'curly' or 'julienne.'  7. No drawn butter]. Coffee at the Hefron family's home in Mt. Vernon.  Coffee at the home of Dr. J.H. Sunderbruch in Davenport.
May 21-22                 May 21 Tapes Iowa Press, interview on Jan Mickelson show; speech to the Bull Moose Club luncheon at the Des Moines Club; house party at the residence of Allan and Cynthia Latcham in Des Moines; coffee at The Garden Path in Indianola, hosted by John and Shari Cercone.  May 22  Town square walk in Winterset; tours the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset; coffee at the home of Dan and Bette Donahey in Panora; coffee at the home of Paul and Judy Schmidt in Harlan; coffee at Best Western in Council Bluffs, hosted by Chuck and Juli Smith.
May 7                          Tours Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, coffee in West Branch; University of Iowa in Iowa City, visits Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; tours Iowa Memorial Union, "Pre-Finals Get Together with live band" at Quinton's Deli.
April 23-25                   Northwestern part of the state.  April 24 Coffee hosted by Don Kass and the Plymouth County Central Committee in Le Mars; issues forum at Dordt College in Sioux Center; reception  hosted by Kelly and Mary O'Brien in Sanborn; Courage is Contagious book signing at the Lighthouse II Christian Bookstore in Spencer; ice cream social hosted by the Buena Vista County Republican Party in Storm Lake.  April 25  Reception hosted by Ray Hoffman in Sioux City.
March 5-8                   "Rolling Through Iowa--Bowling Alley Tour."  March 5 Indianola.  March 6 Ames, Garwin, Marshalltown, Waterloo.  March 7 Cedar Rapids, Iowa City.  March 8 Davenport.
February 15-19           "Explor-a-Tour" (NH--Feb. 15-17) Feb. 18 Meet with citizens at local diner in Fort Dodge, Main Street walk in Fort Dodge, speech to Kiwanis/Exchange Club in Mason City; town hall meeting with pitcher Bob Feller in Des Moines.  Feb. 19 Main Street walk in Muscatine, Iowans for Tax Relief meeting, lunch with business leaders; Black Alliance meeting in Waterloo.

1998 ...6 visits, 13 days  [HW includes May 14 for 14 days]
September 3-4            Sept. 3 In Mason City, Kasich addresses students of North Iowa Area Community College, serves as the special guest speaker at the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party Headquarters ribbon cutting ceremony, and attends a reception/fundraiser for the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party at a private home.  Sept. 4 Breakfast event hosted by State Senator Neal Schuerer and State Rep. Phil Tyrrell at The Barn Restaurant in Amana; luncheon fundraiser for 2nd District Congressman Jim Nussle in Independence; addresses students of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon with Sec. of State candidate John Gilliland.
July 27                      One event: luncheon reception for State Senate Majority Leader Stu Iverson at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines.
July 8-10                   July 8 Event at private residence in Manson for state Senate candidate Mike Sexton (District 7).  July 9 Event in Spencer for state Rep. candidate Dave Larsen (District 8); event at private residence in Ames for Congressional candidate Larry McKibben (Iowa-3).  July 10 Event in Sioux City for state Senate candidate Kathleen Hoffmann (District 1).
June 12-13                Cedar Rapids - Republican Party of Iowa's First in the Nation Gala and State Convention.
May 14-15                 Arrived late Thursday.  May 15 Spoke to the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa 92nd annual convention in West Des Moines; in the afternoon at the MCI facility in Cedar Rapids for about two hours--a town hall meeting involving several MCI facilities with videoconferencing, and a tour of the facility.
April 4-8                    "Back in Black" tour during the congressional recess.  (The Iowa state budget has been in a surplus--in the black--since Republicans took over in 1992 and the federal budget will be soon.)  April 4 speaks at reception before the Abe Lincoln Dinner-A Tribute to Gov. Terry Branstad in Des Moines.  April 5 Fundraiser for state rep. Dave Millage in Davenport.  April 6  Cedar Rapids: news conference at Cedar Rapids Public Library.  Waterloo, radio, evening fundraiser for MikeLannigan, challenger for the state senate seat in Waterloo.  April 7  Des Moines: press conference at the State Capitol Building, appearance on WHO.  Ankeny: fundraiser for Carmen Boal, challenger for state rep. seat.  To Omaha/Council Bluffs, big fundraiser for House majority leader Brent Seigrist in Council Bluffs and news conference.  On KKAR -AM.  To Sioux City.  April 8  On KSCJ-AM.  News conference at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.  To Dennison, a  fundraiser for Clarence Hoffman, running for state rep.  To Carroll, fundraiser Rod Roberts, state rep candidate.
1997 ...2 visits, 4 days
October 15-18             Oct. 15 Bull Moose Club luncheon in Des Moines (a group of young Republicans). 
Also according to news reports, fundraiser for Rep. Jim Nussle on Oct. 15 and campaigned for Iowa House Speaker Ron Corbett in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 16Oct. 17 event for state rep. Mona Martin at the Outing Club in Davenport. 
May 17                       Lincoln Day Dinner at the Polk County Convention Center.

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