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NRA/ IFC Grassroots Meeting-Windchitl: Governor will sign the Gun Bill!

NRA/ IFC Grassroots Meeting-Windchitl: Governor will sign the Gun Bill!

            DES MOINES- Senator Brad Zaun told over 200 pro gun Iowans in a meeting organized by Suzanne Anglewicz of the NRA that on Tuesday the State Senate will pass the omnibus gun bill with no weakening amendments. The Wednesday evening meeting was held for […]

by · March 29, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Iowa House Eliminates Barriers to Prescriptions

Iowa House Eliminates Barriers to Prescriptions

Obtaining certain prescriptions will become easier for many Iowans.  HF 233, a bill reforming step therapy protocol, passed the Iowa House on Monday.  The bill was debated on the House floor after it was referred to the Human Resources committee by a subcommittee chaired by Representative Tom Moore (R, Griswold) […]

by · March 27, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
AFP Liaison, Drew Klein, shakes hands with Gov. Branstad

Koch Lobbyist Recieves Letter Despite Evidence of Compliance

Labor leader, Danny Homan, filed an ethics complaint against the Director of Americans For Prosperity in Iowas as retaliation for supporting legislation that balanced the needs of tax payers with public employees. Klein has been registered as a lobbyist for years.  In order to file positions on legislation and get […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Senator “I’m Coming for your Guns” McCoy Mocks Religion

Senator “I’m Coming for your Guns” McCoy Mocks Religion

Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines has once again lowered decorum at the State Capitol. McCoy has previously engaged in hostile smear campaigns of his colleagues and told one of his own constituents, “I’m coming for your guns, F***face!” During the debate on fireworks, Tuesday, McCoy mocked the religious beliefs […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Pate: Iowa is Open for Business

Pate: Iowa is Open for Business

Secretary of State Paul Pate attended the Story County Republican Central Committee Meeting on Monday to discuss the voter integrity bill and issues affecting his office. He mentioned the current decorum of the people showing up at the Capitol and legislative events in Iowa. “I served two terms in the […]

by · March 21, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Mayor Corbett speaks to Polk County Republican Women

Polk GOP Women: Corbett Wants Iowa To Be A Place To Raise Iowans

Mayor Ron Corbett of Cedar Rapids spe to the Polk County Republican Women on Thursday.  His message was that he wants Iowans to be a place that can raise people who stay Iowans.  In addition to his role in local government, Corbett is the founder and President of Engage Iowa, a […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Senate Judiciary Committee

Gun Bill Passed In Senate Judiciary Committee

The Iowa Senate Judiciary committee passed HF 517, a firearms omnibus bill on Thursday.  This was after a subcommittee hearing chaired by Senator Dan Dawson (R, Council Bluffs) with Senator Brad Zaun (R, Urbandale) and Senator Janet Petersen (D, Des Moines) on Tuesday. In his opening remarks, Senator Dawson said […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Convention of the States Resolution Passes Iowa House

Convention of the States Resolution Passes Iowa House

The Iowa House passed House Joint Resolution 12 on Wednesday, which calls for a Convention of States. Proposed by Representative Zach Nunn (R, Bondurant), the purpose of this convention would be for the states to address the ballooning federal deficit. In his opening remarks, Representative Nunn said that the Constitution […]

by · March 15, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Senate subcommittee for HF 517.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Moving Through Senate

Following passage in the House, the gun omnibus bill, HF 517, began the process in the Iowa Senate on Tuesday.  A subcommittee hearing was held, chaired by Senator Dan Dawson (R, Council Bluffs) with Senator Brad Zaun (R, Urbandale) and Senator Janet Petersen (D, Des Moines). Speaking on behalf of […]

by · March 14, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Iowa House Asserts State Standard for Minimum Wage

Iowa House Asserts State Standard for Minimum Wage

The Iowa House passed a bill to preempt cities and counties from establishing their own regulations related to employment matters, including minimum wage.  HF 295 was referred to the House floor by the Local Government committee. Recently, Johnson County raised their minimum wage, and Linn County has been considering it.  […]

by · March 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Voter Integrity Bill Passes Iowa House

Voter Integrity Bill Passes Iowa House

HF 516, the Voter Integrity bill, passed in the Iowa House on Thursday.  The bill includes election reforms such as requiring an ID to vote, moving the absentee ballot dead up, uniformity in when absentee ballots are available to voters, eliminating straight party voting, and a mandatory post-election audit. HF […]

by · March 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
IFC and NRA Get Stand Your Ground Through Iowa House

IFC and NRA Get Stand Your Ground Through Iowa House

More than 125 gun rights activists from around the state gathered in Des Moines on Tuesday for Second Amendment Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Iowa Firearms Coaltion and the NRA / NRA-ILA.  Representative Matt Windschitl (R, Missouri Valley) and Senator Amy Sinclair (R, Allerton) spe to advocates, as […]

by · March 8, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Rebel Snodgrass testifies on behalf of HF 516

Public Hearing On Voter ID Bill

A public hearing was held on Monday for HF 516, a bill to improve election integrity in Iowa.  During this time, Iowans had an opportunity to speak in favor of or against the bill. HF 516 would require voters to present a valid ID to vote, and moves the dead […]

by · March 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
IFRW meets with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds

GOP Women Gather At Capitol

The Iowa Federation of Republican Women held their annual Day On The Hill on Monday. Conservative women wearing red came from all over the state to meet with lawmakers, tour the Capitol, and socialize with like-minded activists. The morning started with a visit with State Auditor Mary Mosiman. Appointed by […]

by · March 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
House Continues to Advance Gun Bill

House Continues to Advance Gun Bill

        Iowa is one step closer to passing historic legislation to protect Second Amendment rights.  HF 133, the gun omnibus bill, was passed out of the House Judiciary committee on Wednesday, where it will be debated on the House floor.  The bill was discussed and voted on […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Voter Integrity Bill Moves Forward

Voter Integrity Bill Moves Forward

SSB 1163, a bill to improve election integrity, was referred to the Senate State Government committee on Wednesday after a subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee was chaired by Senator Roby Smith (R, Bettendorf), with Senator Jake Chapman (R, A) and Senator Tony Bisignano (D, Des Moines). This bill was proposed by […]

by · March 1, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Senate Subcommittee Takes Historic Next Step

Senate Subcommittee Takes Historic Next Step

By Tim Overlin, Personhood Iowa Yesterday was the day to see the next historic step by the Iowa Senate, in particular the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, to recognize that life begins at conception. The word went out late last week that the first public hearing on a Life At Conception bill […]

by · February 28, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Pro-life supporters gathered in the rotunda

She’s A Baby Bill Advances

A bill to recognize life starting at conception in Iowa was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee following a subcommittee hearing on Monday.  SF 253 was sponsored by Senator Jake Chapman (R, A), Senator Bill Anderson (R, Sioux City), Senator Mark Chelgren (R, Ottumwa), Senator Jeff Edler (R, State Center), […]

by · February 27, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
IFRW meets with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds

Prichard’s Gubernatorial Race Introduced By Revisiting A Combat Lie

  DES MOINES–Todd Prichard from Charles City, one of the last rural Democrats in the Iowa house and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Guard spe to the Northwest Des Moines Democrats last week to provide a teaser to his upcoming Gubernatorial bid. However, his political acumen is probably not […]

by · February 27, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Gun Bill Moves Forward

Gun Bill Moves Forward

HSB 133, commonly referred to as the “Gun Omnibus Bill”, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee following a subcommittee hearing on Thursday. The subcommittee was chaired by Representative Matt Windschitl (R, Missouri Valley), with Representative Greg Heartsill (R, Melcher-Dallas) and Representative Mary Wolfe (D, Clinton). Included in this bill […]

by · February 25, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Freshman Rep Wheeler Steps Up

Freshman Rep Wheeler Steps Up

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Wheeler Manages First Bill on House Floor (DES MOINES) – On Wednesday, Rep. Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) managed his first piece of legislation, House File 217, on floor of the Iowa House of Representatives. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Senator Danielson Tweets Hypocrisy

Senator Danielson Tweets Hypocrisy

By: Josh Wilson State Senator Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, who embarrassed himself last year with his politician tattoo and is rud to be a potential candidate for Congress or Iowa Secretary of State to to on Tuesday calling for campaign finance reform.  His was in response to a […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Republicans Need to Keep Their Eye On Rich Leopold

Republicans Need to Keep Their Eye On Rich Leopold

  JEFFERSON–The biologist and former head of the DNR under Chet Culver’s administration emerged from obscurity when he became the first Democrat to announce a candidacy for governor. He’s running on a campaign and message to reconnect rural voters to the Democratic Party. “Things for the most part have gotten […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Rep. Finkenauer and Senator McCoy

Democrats Kill Decorum In Des Moines

The 2018 Elections are still nearly two years away and two likely candidates for higher office have already bungled their rollout. Senator Matt McCoy is coming for your guns and Rep Abby Finkenauer has a problem being nice. The Progressive, liberal Blog, Iowa Starting , posted an article that Abby […]

by · February 19, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial, State
Jenifer Bowen Speaks to members of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women's Polk Chapter.

Jenifer Bowen Promotes Life With Polk Women

By: MacKenzie Dreeszen Pro-life advocate Jenifer Bowen of Life Right Action gave an update on pro-life coalitions in Iowa at the Polk County Republican Women’s February meeting on Thursday. Jenifer founded Life Right Action in September 2016, and she serves on the board of directors for “And Then There Were […]

by · February 18, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Collective Bargaining Reform Becomes Law

Collective Bargaining Reform Becomes Law

By: MacKenzie Dreeszen After months of preparation, HF 291, a bill that reforms the collective bargaining process in Iowa, was passed in the House on Thursday by a vote of 53-47. The Senate adopted the House version of the bill with a vote of 29-21 the same day. All Senate […]

by · February 18, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State, State
Press Release: Minority Workforce Board

Press Release: Minority Workforce Board

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 Contact: Governor’s Office, 515-281-5211 Courtney Greene, IWD, 515-725-3800 Branstad, Reynolds announce State Workforce Development Board subcommittee to address minority unemployment (DES MOINES) – Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds today […]

by · February 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Press Release, State
Legislature Moves On Budget

Legislature Moves On Budget

By: MacKenzie Dreeszen SF 130, a deappropriation bill, passed the Iowa House on Monday following its passage in the Senate last week. The bill was introduced to sufficiently fund state government through the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Iowa law requires a balanced budget, and cuts were […]

by · January 31, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders Make Waves

Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders Make Waves

By: Tim Overlin Last Wednesday was an historic event in the life community that cannot be overstated. Anyone who has been involved in the pro-life movement in Iowa (and, to be fair, nationwide) knows there has traditionally been an undercurrent of disunity and even out-and-out disagreement among advocacy groups. Well, […]

by · January 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State, State
Press Release: Iowa GOP is Seeking Nominations for Volunteer Awards!

Press Release: Iowa GOP is Seeking Nominations for Volunteer Awards!

Nominations for Iowa GOP Volunteer Awards Dear Republican Leaders, The Republican Party of Iowa recognizes that the success of this past election was due to the hard work and dedication of county leadership and grassroots volunteers. We would like to show our appreciation for those who have continually gone above […]

by · January 12, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Press Release, State
Press Release: RNC National Committeeman

Press Release: RNC National Committeeman

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN REPORT & UPDATE Fellow Friends & Republicans, Here is hoping you had a Merry Christmas! I also want to wish you a very Happy and prosperous New Year! Taking time for family and friends this time of year is so important, and I hope you were able […]

by · January 12, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Fort Lauderdale Shooter Possible Link To Jihad Terrorism Video Discussion

Fort Lauderdale Shooter Possible Link To Jihad Terrorism Video Discussion

by: John Thompson A background check of Fort Lauderdale shooter identified in multiple media reports as Esteban Santiago, 26 of Anchorage Alaska reveals an e address of “NAOTA33@HOTMAIL.COM” The unique user name of NAOTA33 was also a handle used in a discussion of downloading Jihad videos on a web bulletin […]

by · January 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Leopold Joins Race for Governor

Leopold Joins Race for Governor

Our next election may be two years out but the first official Democratic candidate for Governor has emerged. The former DNR head under Culver made his entrance official via a live message on Thursday. The Huxley native launched a website where he set the tone as a fiscally conservative […]

by · January 4, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · State
Without Harkin Iowa Is A Red State

Without Harkin Iowa Is A Red State

  It is taking Democrats a long time to figure out what they lost with Tom Harkin. The political ecosystem of Iowa has always become unbalanced when one of the parties lacked a clear leader. The success of Republican Party of Iowa and The Iowa Democratic Party has always required […]

by · December 29, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · State
Lykam Bests Gonazales In Fight for IDP Relevance: Gonzales Running For State House

Lykam Bests Gonazales In Fight for IDP Relevance: Gonzales Running For State House

  Jim Lykam won the Special Election to replace State Senator Dr. Joe Seng, who passed away in September. Filling the vacancy will not have an impact on control of the Chamber where a Republican wave already ensured the GOP would control the legislature and the Governor’s mansion. Although Democrats […]

by · December 27, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · State
German and British soldiers together during one of the several Christmas Truces in 1914.

Snell: Merry Christmas…Und Fröliche Weihnachten?

By Barry B. Snell John Thompson, the Iowa Statesman’s new managing editor, asked me to write something for Christmas, since due to this publication’s very recent revival most columnists are either not up to speed yet, or are too busy or traveling for the holiday to turn content in.  All […]

by · December 25, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Common Sense, Editorial, State, Uncategorized
Silent Right: The Iowa Constitution’s Need for a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment

Silent Right: The Iowa Constitution’s Need for a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment

By Barry B. Snell Fellow Iowans, there is a legitimate, pernicious threat to your right to self-defense and firearms ownership this very moment. No, it’s not Obama.  Nope, not the U.N.  It’s not any anti-gun organization either.  Stumped?  Well believe it or not, the danger comes from our very own […]

by · December 20, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Local, Politics, State
Branstad: Corbett Not A Significant Threat

Branstad: Corbett Not A Significant Threat

  by: John Thompson photo by: Lenny Scaletta   On a Monday morning radio broadcast with Simon Conway, Cedar Rapids mayor, Ron Corbett, announced that he would not run for reelection. The former Republican Speaker of the Iowa General Assembly has often been rud to be a 2018 candidate for […]

by · December 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State, State
The Iowa Statesman Returns

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 […]

by · December 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State, State
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Santorum announces his Iowa staff has been doubled

From Press Release   Republican presidential candidate and winner of the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucus today announced that his campaign has added five additional staff members to his Iowa Campaign Team: Steven Munoz, Patti Brown, Jane Jech, Bob Algard, and Connor Stes. The five new Iowa staff additions will complement […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
Branstad creates Wrongful Conviction Division

Branstad creates Wrongful Conviction Division

From Press Release   Today, during the Administration’s weekly press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad and State Public Defender Adam Gregg announced the creation of the Wrongful Conviction Division at the Office of the State Public Defender.  The Wrongful Conviction Division will systematically review and identify potential cases involving wrongful convictions […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
The Presidential Pensieve for October 26, 2015

The Presidential Pensieve for October 26, 2015

For the first time, we’re beginning to see real cracks in Donald Trump’s armor of invincibility, but not in the way many expected to see it. Iowans seem to vacillating between Trump and second-place Ben Carson in an either-or scenario, seemingly depending on which talking points are resonating. Immigration is […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
King introduces bill to deal with costly effects of electronic health records law

King introduces bill to deal with costly effects of electronic health records law

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
GOP legislative candidate to host defund Planned Parenthood prayer rally in Sioux County

GOP legislative candidate to host defund Planned Parenthood prayer rally in Sioux County

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 22, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
Branstad announces new program to meet demand for workforce rental housing

Branstad announces new program to meet demand for workforce rental housing

From Press Release   Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today at their Monday morning press conference joined Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison to announce a new Workforce Housing Loan Program that is now available to communities with a need for additional rental housing as a […]

by · October 19, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley held a question and answer session with the senior class at Greene County High School in Jefferson on Friday, Oct. 16. This meeting marked the completion of Grassley’s annual 99 county meetings for 2015.  (Submitted photo)

Grassley completes another ‘Full Grassley’

From Press Release   Sen. Chuck Grassley today completed his 35th annual 99 county meetings with a question and answer session (Q&A) with the senior class at Greene County High School in Jefferson. “Representative government is a two-way street.  I’m one half of the process and Iowans are the other […]

by · October 19, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
Iowa leaders respond to Drake’s death

Iowa leaders respond to Drake’s death

  By The Iowa Statesman   Over the weekend, state Rep. Jack Drake (R-Griswold), 81, passed away at Cass County Hospital in Atlantic. He had served in the Iowa General Assembly for nearly 23 years. Drake was serving his 12th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Republican Party of […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
The Presidential Pensieve for October 12, 2015

The Presidential Pensieve for October 12, 2015

  This week’s report is very short, mainly because there really aren’t any changes to report. Some polls remain skewed, some candidates remain under- or over-reported, and we’re holding to last week’s projections for vote totals, if the Iowa Republican Caucus were held tomorrow. While some may reject the reality […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
Branstads to hold media preview event at Terrace Hill

Branstads to hold media preview event at Terrace Hill

From Press Release   Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad today announced that they will hold a media preview event at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Terrace Hill located at 2300 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  The purpose of the event will be to […]

by · October 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State
Brown announces Iowa Senate District 26 run

Brown announces Iowa Senate District 26 run

From Press Release   Small businessman and Mitchell County Farm Bureau Board Vice President Waylon Brown announces he is running for the Iowa Senate. Brown, a Republican, is seeking the Senate District 26 seat, which represents all of Chickasaw, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell and Worth counties and portions of Cerro Gordo […]

by · October 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Politics, State