Steven Holt: Ths week in the Iowa House saw considerable progress on completing budgets, important legislation passed, and May 26th designated as John Wayne Day in Iowa.
The 86th Iowa General Assembly gaveled in for the 2016 legislative session. Iowa House and Senate Leadership expressed their goals during opening remarks.
Opponents of raising the gas tax have failed to provide any solutions for how Iowa should maintain its roads and bridges with a projected shortfall.
I am excited to release my first video of this Session! It gives a good look into some of the subcommittee meetings I have run this year as well as some of the other events that take place at the Courthouse. Related articles Budget Targets (iowahouserepublicans.com) Constitutional right to bear arms in Iowa change progresses […]
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad gave his Condition of the State address this morning to the Iowa General Assembly. Madam Lt. Governor, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Leaders, justices, judges, legislators, elected officials, distinguished guests, family, friends and fellow Iowans. Today it is my honor to stand before you and deliver this, my 17th State of the […]
Dear Speaker-Elect Paulsen, An AP article published by The Des Moines Register on Saturday quoted you saying, “The overwhelming issues that I think will consume the bulk of the 2011 session are going to be spending, taxes and getting Iowans back to work. I think that was the overriding issue on people’s minds when they […]
Preserve Innocence wrote a white paper on the Iowa Core Curriculum back in April, and I noticed that we never blogged about it here. The Iowa Core Curriculum was passed by the Iowa General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Chet Culver back in 2008. This legislation impacts all public schools and private schools […]
By Senator Paul McKinley – Iowa Senate Republican Leader No issue is more important to Iowans right now than the issue of jobs and the health of our economy. With unemployment in Iowa at the highest level in nearly a quarter century, tens of thousands of people are underemployed and many families are adjusting to […]
That is certainly a question that people here are asking. What to do, those who supported Bob Vander Plaats won’t be getting the executive order placing a stay on the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision on Iowa’s DOMA law they hoped for. I, among others, felt this law executive order was likely unconstitutional. I know that […]
Oh yes, there were other races yesterday beyond the Gubernatorial race and Third Congressional District race. I went 3 out of 5 in the Iowa Republican Primary with my endorsements. First Matt Schultz won the GOP nomination to run against Michael Mauro our current Iowa Secretary of State. He won 47% of the vote (77,120). […]
“You can’t legislate morality!” Have you ever heard that statement from somebody who is say… a proponent of gay marriage or who perhaps is in favor of abortion rights? Perhaps they don’t think government should get in the way of additional casinos being built (they don’t have to worry in Iowa, but that’s a whole […]
By Paul McKinley – Iowa Senate Republican Leader Perhaps as early as next week, the Legislature will adjourn for the year. Many will sleep easier at night knowing the Legislature is not in session stripping away more liberties and freedoms or voting for more tax increases and bigger government. But for those who are in […]
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow regarding Chicago’s handgun ban. The crux of the issue is this… does Second Amendment rights extend to state and local governments. You may remember two years ago in the District of Columbia v. Heller case the Supreme Court overturned D.C’s handgun ban. Writing the majority opinion […]
After Wednesday’s ruling letting Clarence Judy off the hook saying he didn’t violate the state’s public indecent exposure law when a 17-year-old girl stripped onstage at his club in SW Iowa; we see there is obviously a loophole in the current law that needs to be addressed. He was let off because prosecutors failed to […]
Some additional thoughts about the Iowa Poll findings that were released on Monday. The Des Moines Register asked about driving and texting (which is a bad thing to do at the same time), gay marriage, puppy mills, gun control, payday loans, and gambling to determine what issues deserve the Iowa General Assembly’s time. The Register […]
Today’s installment from the latest Iowa Poll that The Des Moines Register commissioned asked Iowans polled what issues should the Iowa Legislature consider this year. For those of you who live outside of Iowa may not be aware, this year’s General Assembly has a shortened session this year in order to cut costs. This week […]