The Battle for Fundamental Rights

Steven Holt: Floor debate on the fundamental rights of gun ownership and free speech exposed profound philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa House.

Iowa House Republicans Release FY2020 Budget Targets

The Iowa House GOP budget plan for FY2020 spends $7.668 billion, accounting for 97.45% of on-going revenue, increasing the budget .63% compared to adjusted FY19 budget.

Iowa House GOP’s Problematic Press Credentialling Policy

Shane Vander Hart: The Iowa House GOP should not deny press credentials based on a reporter’s outlet being only online or because of their ideology.

Opening Day 2019: Iowa House Republican Leadership Remarks

Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake), House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Urbandale) and Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) gave remarks on opening day in the Iowa House.

Iowa House Republicans Elect Assistant Leaders

Republican State Representatives Jacob Bossman, Dan Huseman, Mike Sexton, and Louie Zumbach were elected Assistant Leaders for the 88th Iowa General Assembly.

Upmeyer Announces Iowa House Committee Leadership

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced the committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly.

Lee Hein Appointed Iowa House Ways and Means Chairman

State Representative Lee Hein (R-Monticello) will chair the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee replacing State Representative Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) who lost re-election.

Iowa’s Revenue Projected to Grow in FY 19 and FY 20

The October Revenue Estimating Conference projects that Iowa’s General Fund revenue receipts will grow by five percent in FY 19 and two percent in FY 20.

Peter Cownie Named Iowa House Ways and Means Chairman

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.

Two Cheers for Tax Reform in Iowa

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.

Iowa House Republicans Must Advance the Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

Shane Vander Hart: I’m not certain that the Iowa House Republicans have 59 members who are pro-life. There are some who aren’t, but there are also pro-life legislators who are concerned about potential judicial review on the bill setting us back. They should make a public argument. Let’s get an on-the-record vote.

Reynolds Introduces Individual Income Tax Reform for Iowans

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ individual income tax reform plan prioritized tax relief for middle-class taxpayers, small business owners, teachers and working families across the state and will cut rates by up to 23 percent.

Iowa Legislature Kicks Off With Republicans Focused on Tax Reform

The Iowa House and Iowa Senate gaveled in on Monday morning to launch the 2018 session of the 87th General Assembly with Republican leaders focused on tax reform during their opening remarks.

Take The Iowa GOP Governor’s Race Straw Poll

Are you planning on voting in the Iowa Republican Primary on June 5, 2018? Let us know if you intend to support Kim Reynolds, Ron Corbett, or Steven Ray.

Iowa Legislative Leaders: Sluggish Revenue Growth Requires Reform

The decline in the revenue estimate triggered concerns about the overall state budget from Iowa Legislative leaders heading into a new session.

Iowa House Republicans Release Committee Assignments

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee assignments for the 87th General Assembly.