Iowa GOP Chair: Senate Democrats Operating Under Double Standard

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(Des Moines, IA) Today Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Danny Carroll issued a further comment on the recent refusal of Democrats in the Iowa State Senate to release pertinent documents related to matters before the Oversight Committee. One day prior, Carroll had asked that related documents and emails be made available. Senate Secretary Marshall responded […]

Iowa GOP Chair Launches Open Records Request of Senate Democrats

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(Des Moines, IA) Former Iowa House Speaker Pro Tem, and current Iowa GOP Chairman Danny Carroll today is requesting the documents and e-mails of Sen. Janet Petersen, Sen. Jack Hatch and Sen. Matt McCoy to determine what, if any, political motivations are behind the Government Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Department of Administrative Services. “It […]

Matt Schultz Raised $171K, Launches First TV Ad in Iowa 3rd CD Race

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(Des Moines, IA) Today, Iowa’s Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Congress, Matt Schultz, announced that he raised $170,949 during the first quarter of 2014 and is launching his first TV ad of the campaign. Over 950 supporters contributed to Schultz’s campaign for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional seat, showing that his proven conservative leadership and […]

Governor Pat Quinn Believes College and Career-Readiness Begins at Birth

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declares that “college and career-readiness” starts for children at birth further extending government reach to a younger age.

Confidentiality Agreements Take Center Stage

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Confidential settlement agreements with former state employees continue to be discussed in the Iowa Senate. A story reported last week in the Des Moines Register revealed employees received money to keep the details about the termination of their employment private. This resulted in a backlash because the state used taxpayer money to keep these agreements […]

Iowa Ranks High in Transparency and Irony

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(Watchdog.org) Des Moines, IA – Iowa is one of the top states when it comes to providing citizens easy access to information about government spending. Just five states — Indiana, Oregon, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts — were ranked higher than Iowa by U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which gave Iowa a rating of “A-” in […]

Iowa Budget Targets Higher Than What Iowans Can Afford

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Traditionally, voting on the department budget bills signals the end of a Legislative session. The budget process lasts through much of the session. This year, the process was tweaked to move things along faster than in past sessions. House Republicans and Senate Democrats sat down together and worked on joint budget targets, which were presented […]

Iowa DOT Targets Fall for Start of Parent Taught Drivers Ed

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Last year the Iowa Legislature passed landmark legislation friendly to the state’s home educators including parent-taught drivers education. The new law required the Iowa Department of Transportation to develop rules surrounding the implementation of the new law including approved curriculum and what homeschooling parents are qualified to teach. Some homeschooling parents have been frustrated to […]

Monte Shaw Raises $200,000 in Iowa 3rd Congressional District Race

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(Des Moines, IA) Iowa agriculture advocate Monte Shaw, in his first campaign for public office, has announced that his campaign raised $203,696.34 for the first quarter of the Third District race for Congress.  The campaign spent only $35,250.70 and has $168,445.64 on hand for the Primary election, and unlike many other campaigns, has no debt […]

Joni Ernst Captures Momentum in Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary

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Suffolk University released a new poll yesterday that shows that State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) now leads the Republican field in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race.  The poll taken April 3rd through April 8th surveyed 253 likely Republican voters (out of a general election pool of 800) with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.  […]

Mike Huckabee Rallies Social Conservatives in Waukee

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(Waukee, IA) Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee spoke to approximately 450 social conservative activists at Point of Grace Church Tuesday night.  He keynoted the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff event that also featured remarks from fifteen candidates. Steve Scheffler, President of Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition and Iowa’s […]

David Young Submits Comments to EPA to Protect Property Rights

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(Van Meter, IA) Today, David Young, Republican candidate for Iowa’s Third Congressional District, submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a proposed rule entitled, “Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act.”  This rule, if finalized, could redefine water and waterways regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This […]

Bob Quast Releases Unique Ad in Iowa’s U.S. Senate Race

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Bob Quast.  Have you heard of him?  I haven’t either.  He is a Davenport businessman who failed to get enough signatures to file as a candidate in Iowa’s U.S. Senate Democrat primary on June 3rd.  He released a web ad to push his write-in campaign for the Democrat U.S. Senate primary on June 3rd. It’s […]

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits According to New Poll

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(Watchdog.org) Springfield, IL – There are nearly 80 news faces in the Illinois statehouse since voters chose a governor four years ago, but even that’s not enough turnover to satisfy most voters in the state. A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that 79 percent of voters support term limits of […]

Rod Blum Campaign Releases Radio Ad Featuring Steve Forbes

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(Dubuque, IA) Today Rod Blum, Republican candidate for Congress in Iowa’s First District, announced the campaign’s first radio ad. The 60 second spot features legendary American businessman and former candidate for the GOP nomination for president, Steve Forbes. “It is truly humbling to have Steve’s support in this election, and I am grateful to him […]

Jindal, Santorum and Paul to Speak at Iowa GOP State Convention

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(Des Moines, IA) Today Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Danny Carroll announced that three nationally recognized Republicans have confirmed to speak at the Party’s state convention in June. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum have all confirmed they will speak to the convention on June 14th in […]