Republicans in Iowa replace "liberty faction" with more establishment leaders

Iowa is the first state to fully strip power from liberty-movement followers who led a charge on state parties in 2012.

Today, mainstream and evangelical conservative Republicans named 16 new members to the board that oversees the party machinery. Voting took place at the Republicans’ four district conventions.

The turn of events means the GOP in Iowa, the state that gets first crack at presidential voting, will now be aimed at building a bigger, broader party that is more focused on electing candidates and less focused on pet liberty-movement issues like police checkpoints, raw milk or getting rid of the Fed, party insiders said.

“Fascinating,” national politics watcher Larry Sabato said when the Register outlined the news. “This is the biggest development yet in the backlash to Paul-ite control. It will give energy to similar efforts in other states.”