Episode 82: Trump’s Mexico Tariff Threat, Mueller Statement & Walt Rogers

Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast host Shane Vander Hart discusses President Trump’s Mexico tariff threat, Robert Mueller’s statement, and speaks with Walt Rogers.

Walt Rogers Joins Tax Education Foundation

Former State Rep. Walt Rogers will serve as the Deputy Director of the Tax Education Foundation, a non-profit that promotes economic freedom.

Iowa Democrats Hold Iowa Senate District 30 in Special Election

Cedar Falls School Board member Eric Giddens (D) defeated former State Representative Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls) in Iowa Senate District 30’s special election.

(Update) Special Election In Iowa Senate District 30 Set

Iowa Senate District 30’s special election will feature Cedar Falls School Board member Eric Giddens (D) and former State Representative Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls).

The Most Depressing Ad I’ve Seen

Dave Williams, a Democratic candidate in Iowa House District 60, has one of the worst sponsored Facebook posts I’ve seen.

Education Savings Accounts Receive New Life in the Iowa Senate

Education savings accounts were reintroduced in the Iowa Senate’s version of the Iowa Student Opportunities Act (SSB 3206) by State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as an appropriations bill and passed through an appropriations subcommittee.

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.

Iowa Student Opportunities Act Introduced in Iowa House

HSB 651, the Iowa Student Opportunities Act, was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would create an educations savings grant program and a new charter school program to expand school choice for Iowa’s public school families.

Bill Overriding Iowa Department of Education’s Assessment Choice Advances

A bill, HSB 578, making the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Programs the vendor who develops and administers Iowa’s statewide student assessment passed the Iowa House Education Committee 21 to 1.

(Video) Hundreds Rally for Life at the Iowa Capitol

Hundreds of pro-life activists descended upon the Iowa Capitol on Thursday for a rally to hear from a line-up of pro-life elected officials and leaders.

Life At Conception Bill Filed in the Iowa House

State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Chariton) introduced HF 279, a life at conception bill, into the Iowa House of Representatives, that is co-sponored by 22 lawmakers.

Life at Conception Bill Filed in the Iowa House

HF 2142, a bill that would protect the unborn at the moment of conception introduced into the Iowa House, must be passed out of committee this week.

Bill Banning Sale or Research on Unborn Infant Remains Advances in Iowa House

A bill that bans the sale and experimentation on unborn infant remains advanced out of an Iowa House subcommittee on Tuesday.

Linda Upmeyer Selected as Next Speaker of the Iowa House

State Representative Linda Upmeyer was selected as the next Speaker of the Iowa House. State Representative Chris Hagenow elected as House Majority Leader.

Rick Santorum Builds His Iowa Team

Former U.S. Senator and 2012 Iowa Caucus Winner Rick Santorum taps State Representative Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls) as Chairman of Patriot Voices in Iowa.

The Iowa House Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

An ultrasound bill passed in the Iowa House of Representatives late Thursday afternoon on a 57 to 39 vote with bipartisan support.