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Iowa GOP unveils major revelation about Hatch’s legislative maneuvering for personal financial gain

DES MOINES—The Republican Party of Iowa held a press conference this afternoon at the Iowa State Capitol to unveil a major revelation about the questionable legislative maneuvering of state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, to benefit his real estate development firm. In the 2013 legislative session, state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, introduced a bill to reduce the maximum amount of developer tax credits through the Iowa Finance Authority from 15 to 10 percent. Senate Democrats assigned the bill, S.F. 95, to Hatch, the flailing Democrat nominee for governor. Hatch made sure that the bill never got a hearing, much less a full debate on the ...

WHO-TV: Republican Chair Calls Out Jack Hatch

DES MOINES, Iowa–Republicans are taking a swing at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch saying he mixed his legislative work with his personal business interests. The chair of the Iowa Republican Party is accusing Jack Hatch of shelving a bill that would have reduced low-income tax credits for developers. The bill, Senate File 95, was introduced during the 2013 legislative session and assigned to a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Hatch. “Sen. Hatch decided he was not going to call a subcommittee, so you have a bill that if that bill passes he would probably lose millions of dollars or undoubtedly lose a significant amount of money and he ...

Gazette: It’s time for action, new Iowa GOP chair telling party

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s go time for Iowa Republicans, according to the state party’s new chairman, Jeff Kaufmann, who seems to be taking his own advice to heart. He’s put on more than 5,000 miles since becoming chairman in late June. Tuesday, before delivering an update to the Linn County GOP in Cedar Rapids, he had been in Iowa City, Davenport and Des Moines — in that order. “I don’t know if I’m delivering the right message, but by golly, people are going to hear it,” Kaufmann told about 100 people at the Linn County Central Committee meeting. Right or not, Kaufmann’s message to his fellow Republicans is to get busy, focus on the ...

RPI chair Kaufmann takes ALS challenge, taps IDP chair Brennan

DES MOINES—After a challenge by David Young, the GOP nominee in Iowa's Third Congressional District, Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann took The ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge at his family farm in Wilton, Iowa. In turn, he challenged Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan, Iowa's Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, and state Rep. Pat Grassley. Direct link to YouTube video: http://youtu.be/ysggM4hpDcA

RPI chair Kaufmann takes ALS challenge, taps IDP chair Brennan

DES MOINES—After a challenge by David Young, the GOP nominee in Iowa's Third Congressional District, Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann took The ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge at his family farm in Wilton, Iowa. In turn, he challenged Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan, Iowa's Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, and state Rep. Pat Grassley.  

Hatch hiding from Iowa voters on taxes, business deals

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann blasted liberal state Sen. Jack Hatch for his hypocrisy, utter disregard of facts and talking down to Iowans after the flailing Democrat gubernatorial nominee defended hiding his tax returns from Iowa voters at a press conference today. "Jack Hatch must have something extremely damaging in his tax returns since he continues to keep Iowans in the dark on his business dealings," said Kaufmann, a century farmer from Wilton and a former statehouse leader. "First, his campaign said they would release tax additional tax returns, only to backtrack on that promise a mere three hours later. ...

Kaufmann statement in response to Hillary Clinton Iowa visit

"I welcome Hillary Clinton to Iowa after more than six-and-a-half years flying over the Hawkeye State," said Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann. "In the spirit of bipartisanship, I hope potential presidential candidates from both parties visit Iowa early and often to interact with Iowa voters in a meaningful way."

Sioux City Journal: Iowa GOP leader sees battles, but party cohesive

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann on Friday said Republicans may engage in more public infighting than Democrats, but contended the GOP has healed from the 2012 election and is cohesive as the 2014 midterm election approaches. "Do Republicans seem to fight a little bit more than Democrats? Yeah, we do," Kaufmann said in a Journal interview. He was in Sioux City for the 75th anniversary event of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women. Kaufmann took over the party in June 2014, filling the vacancy of a term that had been held by both A.J. Spiker and Danny Carroll. He will run again for a full two-year term in January 2015, in hope of ...

Lyon Co. Reporter: Dr. Cody Hoefert co-chairman of Republican Party of Iowa

Dr. Cody Hoefert, Rock Rapids resident, was recently elected as co-chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. Hoefert, 36, is a chiropractor, and has been elected to this position along with chairman Jeff Kaufmann, who is from Wilton, Iowa. Hoefert is keeping very busy with his new position. Prior to his new role, he had been serving on the Iowa GOP’s board of directors as a representative for the fourth district. “I was responsible for those 39 counties. Now, I work at a state-wide level,” Hoefert explains. In his new role as co-chairman, he has been getting to work right away. “My responsibilities as the co-chairman of the party are ...

WSJ: In Iowa, Rand Paul Tries to Find Common Ground

Cody Hoefert, co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, said he had never heard such a proposal from a potential presidential candidate. "I expect that will be one thing that will differentiate the senator from some of the other candidates who run for president," he said. "Iowa caucusgoers are very educated and very conservative."