Shane Vander Hart shares his top five disappointments with the 2018 Iowa legislative session which includes a failure to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, deal with current academic standards, expand school choice, limit state spending, and pass an Article V petition in the Iowa Senate.
“Safe & Secure: A Practical Workshop on Church Security” with keynote speaker John McLaughlin will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00-10:00 p.m. The free event will be held at the First Church of the Open Bible at 2200 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310.
Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) named State Representative Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) the new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee replacing State Representative Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) who is not seeking re-election.
Shane Vander Hart thinks the passage of the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, tax reform, Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment, sanctuary city/county ban, and keeping Iowa’s statewide assessment development in the state are the top five highlights from the 2018 Iowa Legislative session.
John Hendrickson: The tax reform plan passed by the Iowa Legislature is absolutely a step in the right direction and it will help many families and businesses in Iowa, but it should be viewed as a starting point.
On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds’ campaign released their second TV ad for the 2018 Iowa Gubernatorial Race entitled “Longer.” The 30-second ad focuses on Reynolds’ balance of work, family, and getting her college degree from Iowa State while serving as Iowa’s Lt. Governor.
A poll of 2,315 likely Iowa Democratic primary voters conducted this month shows that Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell has a widening lead among in the six-way race for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s gubernatorial race.
Jenifer Bowen: Kudos to ACGME for staying out of politics and focusing on medical training. Shame on the University of Iowa for politicizing their medical training.
Kelvey Vander Hart: In typical liberal fashion, the editorial board of The Des Moines Register has published a piece painting women as incapable and unintelligent in response to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signing the fetal heartbeat abortion ban.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate reminds Iowans that the absentee balloting period for the June 5 primary is now underway. Voters can request an absentee ballot through their county auditor’s office. They can also vote in-person at the county auditor’s office.
State Representative Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley): Of all the Pro-Life bills I have worked on and voted for over the years, this Heartbeat bill is the most monumental and impactful bill I have ever had the opportunity and privilege of voting YES on!
A coalition of several pro-tax relief groups called on Iowa Legislators to lower the revenue growth trigger from 4 percent to 2.5 percent that the state would need to reach before implementing the tax cuts.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 359, the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, on Friday afternoon less than two days after the Iowa legislature sent it to her desk.
Since January, voter registration has dipped in Iowa. While the Republican Party of Iowa and Iowa Democratic Party numbers continue to decline statewide, but Libertarian Party of Iowa and “No Party” voters both saw increases since April.
Shane Vander Hart: It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback, but I believe Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds took appropriate action against Dave Jamison and that she takes sexual harassment in state government seriously. Sexual harassment shouldn’t become a wedge issue in the gubernatorial election.
Pat Nicklaus: We recently moved to Missouri. I was excited to meet other like-minded conservatives and I got extremely jazzed when it seemed like I was meeting several. “Seemed like” being the operative words in that sentence.