The Iowa Statesman Returns


The Iowa Statesman returns today with a new group of contributors offering conservative news and policy analysis. The publication aims to cover stories in rural parts of the state that are left unreported by city based publications and to give insight on policy during the legislative session.

John Thompson, an expert on financial regulations and veterans issues will serve as the managing editor.

Isaiah McGee of Waukee is a former Branstad Cabinet member, State Senate Candidate and previous member of the Republican State Central Committee. He will cover Education policy, civil rights and labor issues.

Theodore Sporer is a Des Moines based attorney and former Polk GOP chairman. His practice has represented the Republican winners in the closest House and Senate races in Iowa history. He will cover judiciary affairs and offer insight on party building.

Adam Sullivan of Iowa City served as director of operations for a congressional campaign in 2016. He has also worked as a journalist and communications director for news organizations and nonprofits across Iowa. He will provide analysis on politics in Eastern Iowa with a policy focus on civil liberties.

Neil Shaffer is the Howard County GOP Chairman, soil conservation specialist and Farm Bureau delegate. He will cover agriculture and conservation policy.

Heather Stancil is the co-chair of the Madison County GOP and member of the Republican State Central Committee. She is a former Earlham City Councilwoman. She will cover Education and local government.

Eric Rosenthal of Cedar Rapids is a longtime social conservative activist, former Linn County GOP chair and current member of the Republican State Central Committee. He will cover issues related to faith and voter integrity.

Barry Snell of Ames is the Executive Director of the Iowa Firearms Coalition and expert on gun rights legislation.

Tim Overlin of Grimes is the Executive Director of Personhood Iowa. He is a member of the Polk GOP Central Committee and formerly owned and co-hosted a conservative radio program. He will cover issues related to life.

Lenny Scaletta served in the Navy during the Viet Nam war and is chairman of the Council Bluffs Tea Party. He will cover local party events and Veterans Issues.

Phil Thompson of Des Moines is an Army Ranger and former campaign field representative for the NRA will serve as a staff reporter.