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.

Twenty-One Iowa Legislators to Retire in 2018

Twenty-one Iowa Legislators have decided not to run for reelection in 2018. The Iowa House will have 16 members retire after this session. Twelve Republicans and four Democrats will leave the House. The Iowa Senate Republicans will have two retirements and Democrats will see three.

Five Reasons Iowa Democrats Hope for a Blue Wave in 2018

Iowa Democrats hope for a historic blue wave in 2018 due to President Trump’s unpopularity, a competitive gubernatorial race, a good turnout for the mid-term Iowa Caucuses, the potential to flip Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, and the number of Republican state legislators retiring.

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.

Six Observations About the Iowa Primary

Shane Vander Hart, editor of Caffeinated Thoughts, makes six observations about the results of the Iowa Primary held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Where to Cut Federal Government Stumps Rick Bertrand

Shane Vander Hart: If Rick Bertrand can’t answer where he would cut the federal government to save money, he’s not ready for Congress.

Rick Bertrand: The No Show Candidate

Shane Vander Hart: State Senator Rick Bertrand (R-Sioux City) is running in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, but has a reputation for being a no-show.

New Poll Shows Steve King Leads Rick Bertrand By 52 Points

In a new poll Congressman Steve King leads State Senator Rick Bertrand by 52 points in the upcoming GOP primary in the Iowa 4th Congressional District.

Rick Bertrand: Why I’m Running for Congress

State Senator Rick Bertrand (R-Sioux City) explains why he is challenging incumbent Congressman Steve King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District GOP primary

Iowa Ag Secretary Backs Steve King, Not the Big Ethanol Candidate

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey endorsed Congressman Steve King not his primary opponent State Senator Rick Bertrand who is backed by Big Ethanol.

Brad Zaun Introduces Common Core Rollback Bill in Iowa Senate

(Des Moines, IA) State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced SF 2123 which…

Group Exposes Taxpayer Funding for LGBTQ Promotion

Pastors, legislators & parents expressed their displeasure with taxpayer money used to fund the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth on April 3rd.