Iowa Senate Passes Judicial Nomination Reform

The Iowa Senate voted 32 to 17 along party lines to pass SF 237, a bill that reforms how members of Iowa’s judicial nomination commissions are selected.

Iowa Senate Acts to Reform Judicial Branch

The Iowa Senate voted 26-24 on SF 2282, a bill that would require a concurrence of at least five justices on the Iowa Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

Iowa’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) survived the first funnel week of the 2018 legislative session. SSB 3171, sponsored by State Senator Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was passed out of the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee by a 7 to 4 vote.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Filed in the Iowa Senate

A bill entitled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was filed in the Iowa Senate on Thursday.  The bill is modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

The Iowa Senate Votes to Defund Abortion Providers

The Iowa Senate passed SF 2, a bill that reallocates state taxpayer money away from abortion providers, by a party-line 30 to 20 vote.

Iowa Bill Defunding Abortion Providers Advances to Full Senate

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8 to 5 in favor of sending SF 2, a bill reallocating taxpayer money from abortion providers, to the full Senate.

A Wave of Pro-Life Bills Filed in the Iowa Senate

The Iowa Senate with its new GOP majority have six pro-life bills filed including bills defunding abortion providers and banning abortions at 20-weeks.

Scott Walker Announces His Campaign’s Iowa Team

Gov. Scott Walker announced the first 65 members of his presidential campaign’s Iowa leadership team which include 1/3 of the Iowa Senate Republicans.

Chief Justice Cady Seeks Expansion of Family Treatment Courts

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark S. Cady in his State of the Judiciary address asked legislators to fund an expansion of Family Treatment Courts.

Stan Gustafson Wins Iowa House District 25 Special Election

Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming), age 71, beat Pam Deichman (D-Winterset), age 59, handily…

Branstad Sets Iowa House District 25 Special Election

Following Julian Garrett’s election to the Iowa Senate; Gov. Terry Branstad set January 7, 2014 as the special election date in Iowa House District 25.

Julian Garrett Wins Special Election in Iowa Senate District 13

Republican Julian Garrett defeated Democrat Mark Davitt 59.8% to 40.1% to win the Iowa Senate District 13 special election.

Julian Garrett Nominated for Iowa Senate District 13 Special Election

(Indianola, IA) State Representative Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was selected as the Republican…

Incumbents Fall As GOP Takes Back the Iowa House –Unofficially Win a 58 to 42 Majority

Some huge, huge wins happened last night at Republicans rolled to win…

Iowa Republican Primary Further Down the Ballot

Oh yes, there were other races yesterday beyond the Gubernatorial race and…