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 […]

Simon Estes to Speak and Sing at Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast

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The 53rd annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:15-8:45 a.m.  It will be held in the Ballroom at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Veterans Memorial Auditorium) at 883 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50309. The purpose of the Iowa Prayer Breakfast is to bring together […]

Tom Hoefling Challenges Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to Five Debates

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(Lohrville, IA) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad officially has a primary challenger after Tom Hoefling turned in the requisite amount of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last week.  Hoefling was the 2012 America’s Party Presidential nominee, a party he helped found, and he is a long-time national conservative political activist and consultant having worked […]

Lee Hieb Runs for Iowa Governor on Promise to Repeal Common Core

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) is expected to win reelection to a 6th term easily.  He has maintained a 15 point lead over State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) and has a massive war chest built up.  In recent polling, however, his support has fallen.  The latest Des Moines Register poll shows that Branstad’s job […]

What Iowa Senators Won’t Hear from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

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Tomorrow, at the Iowa State Capitol, it is the annual “Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Day on the Hill.”  According to their own publicity, in meeting with legislators, they will talk about, “how to advance and protect progressive policies that improve the health and well-being of the women, men and families in our communities.” Here’s […]

Iowa House Passes Review Process for Academic Standards

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(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in bipartisan fashion 96-0.  The bill is the successor to HSB 592 and was authored by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) who chairs the House Education Committee.  “What this bill does is that it assures us that we have a transparent and open […]

Polk County Republican Convention Held Amidst Dele-GATE

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(Ankeny, IA) Political conventions have two purposes: to determine policies and to select people. The Polk County Republican Convention convened Saturday, March 8 at the Ankeny High School auditorium, with a platform reduced to half its 2012 size and a quasi-scandal over a delegate slate. After the pledge, Governor Terry Branstad came on stage to […]

Let’s Discuss Voter ID

Maintaining the integrity of Iowa’s voting process is a responsibility Iowa Senate Republicans take seriously. Senate Republicans have made numerous attempts to have this discussion with the majority party in recent years. It is likely we will have floor debate on the voting process in the coming weeks especially since the State Government committee passed […]

Pro-Life Activists Rally in Des Moines

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(Des Moines, IA) Iowa pro-life activists gathered in Des Moines yesterday for training and lobbying at the Iowa State Capitol.  Rally for Life 2014 was co-hosted by Iowa Right-to-Life, Iowans For L.I.F.E., Mercy Medical Center, Iowa Catholic Conference, Teen Pact, Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, Saint […]

Joni Ernst: Stagnant on National Level, Strong in Iowa

Joni Ernst, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, made the following statement on news reporting that payrolls rose less than expected during the month of January: “We have seen stagnation or very modest improvements at the national level – but not enough is being done to ensure more of our hard working neighbors have […]

Common Core Debate Comes to the Iowa House

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(Des Moines, IA) State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) introduced two bills that address standards that the Iowa State Board of Education adopted back in 2010.  The Common Core State Standards are content standards in English Language Arts and Math that were developed by the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve, […]

The Sinclair Report: Honoring Our Veterans

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On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with veterans from all across the state, including these veterans from Marion County, as they stopped in the Capitol. Concerned with the action the legislature was taking to support those who have defended our freedoms, these men and women presented information on how legislation changes would affect […]

Iowa Conservatives to Caucus for Leadership, Issues

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Des Moines, IA – Tomorrow night, January 21, 2014 at 7:00p Iowa Republicans and Democrats will go to their respective caucuses.  Midterm caucuses are typically not well attended since it is missing the Presidential straw poll that Iowa is famous for with its First in the Nation status.  Mid-term caucuses focus on selecting delegates for […]