Whitver, Schneider Re-Elected to Iowa Senate Leadership Roles

Iowa Senate Republicans reelected State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) as Majority Leader and State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as Senate President.

Iowa Pro-Life Lawmakers: Wasting No Time Protecting Unborn Iowans

Jenifer Bowen: Iowa — where our pro-life lawmakers and Governors have been hard at work saving the lives of as many unborn babies as possible — until abortion is no more.

Bertrand’s Canceled Retirement Makes Iowa Senate District 7 Interesting

State Senator Rick Bertrand’s (R-Sioux City) announcement he will run for a third term in Iowa House District 7 gives Republicans an edge.

Is The Pro-Life Movement “Dying” In Iowa?

Is the pro-life movement in Iowa “dying” as an anonymous blogger in Iowa suggested? Jenifer Bowen of Life Right Action answers with a resounding “no.”

Episode 55: Jeremy Davis Discusses the Iowa State Treasurer Race

Shane Vander Hart on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast chats with Jeremy Davis, a Republican hoping to unseat Iowa State Treasurer Micheal Fitzgerald.

Will A Blue Wave Overtake the Iowa Senate?

Will a “blue wave” hit the 2018 Iowa Senate Races? What kind of headway, if any, can Democrats expect to get? Shane Vander Hart previews each race.

Mike Breitbach Appointed Iowa Senate Appropriations Chair

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) announced the appointment of State Senator Mike Breitbach (R-Strawberry Point) as Chair of the Iowa Senate Appropriations Committee.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Tax Reform Bill Into Law

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the tax reform bill, Senate File 2417, into law Wednesday at tablet manufacturer MobileDemand in Hiawatha.

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Disappointments

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.

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Highlights

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.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

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.

Reynolds, Iowa House and Senate Leaders Announce Agreement on Tax Reform

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office announced an agreement between the Governor and Iowa House and Senate leaders on the tax reform package under consideration this session. The legislation when passed represents the largest tax reform package in state history.

Update: Reynolds Signs Bill Changing Iowa’s Statewide Assessment Developer

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bipartisan bill rejecting the Iowa Department of Education’s choice for a statewide assessment in favor of one developed by the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Program.

The Iowa Legislature Should Not Delay Tax Reform

John Hendrickson: Delaying tax reform would be a setback for Iowa’s taxpayers and our economy. By lowering tax rates and controlling spending, Iowa will not only create a stronger economy with more opportunities, but also provide for the priorities of state government. 

Update: Kim Reynolds Signs Ban on Sanctuary Cities and Counties

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 481, a ban on sanctuary cities and counties, Tuesday afternoon along with 16 other bills without comment.

Meckler, Coburn Push for Iowa Senate to Pass Article V Convention Resolution

The Convention of the States Project held a rally at the Iowa State Capitol for the passage of HJR 12 (companion SJR 8), a resolution that calls for an Article V convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints and limits the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.