(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 […]
Parents go to great lengths to protect their children. Unfortunately, as the Kathlynn Shepard case taught us, our children are vulnerable to tragic crimes. Shepard of Dayton was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013, after getting off a school bus. Kathlynn’s parents urged lawmakers to increase penalties and oversight for sex offenders who attack children. […]
Michael and Denise Shepard of Dayton have urged legislators to enhance penalties for those who kidnap children. They are the parents of Kathlynn Shepard, who was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013 after getting off a school bus. I support this legislation in the hope to help prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future. […]
(Des Moines, IA) State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced SF 2123 which would effectively rollback the Common Core State Standards in Iowa. The bill would focus on graduation requirements and helping student have a graduation plan. It also rollback Iowa’s state academic standards to what the Iowa Core consisted of in 2006 prior to the […]
Clive, IA – Over 80 supporters stopped by Auto Jet Muffler after lunch hear State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) announce that he was running for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race. Zaun who was expected to enter the race after Congressman Tom Latham announced his retirement. Zaun joins Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, […]
Catching up with constituents during the interim is always very rewarding. The past seven months were spent traveling across the district engaging in conversations with neighbors, friends and many concerned Iowans. Whether it was at their dining room table, a summer gathering or at parades, these conversations proved very valuable as a lawmaker embarking on […]
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad unveiled an agenda to help veterans in his Condition of the State address that received bipartisan approval.
Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) stressed the importance of party unity for nominees at the 2014 Iowa GOP Legislative Breakfast in Des Moines.
State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) decided not to run for the open seat made available after Congressman Tom Latham’s retirement in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. He joins State Representative Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) and State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) on the list of potential candidates opting out. David Young moves from the U.S. […]
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced on Facebook yesterday morning that he will announce his decision about whether or not he will run in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District Race next week. Friends, I have received a lot of support and encouragement as I have considered becoming a candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Next week, […]
State Representative and House Majority Whip Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) decided not to run in the open seat in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District after Congressman Tom Latham announced that he will not run for re-election in 2014. State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) also decided not to run, and David Young decided to run for Latham’s […]
State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) says a big announcement is coming after the first of the year on his Facebook page. Zaun has said he was interested in running for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District after Congressman Tom Latham (R-Iowa) announced his retirement. An hour ago Zaun wrote, “I hope each of you had […]
With the news of Congressman Tom Latham’s retirement 2014’s midterm elections became even more exciting for those of us who are political junkies. 2014 was already going to be big in Iowa with the open U.S. Senate seat, but now what was likely going to be a safe seat for Republicans with Latham is up […]
State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) introduced herself to Central Iowa Republican voters as the newest candidate to enter Iowa’s U.S. Senate race.
Education savings accounts are a step in the right direction when it comes to education reform and raising student achievement.
Voter ID is a common sense way that would help prevent voter fraud in Iowa something Iowa Senate Democrats must not be concerned about.