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RPI Statement on Election Night

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the results of Election Night: “Tonight, we witnessed hard-fought and competitive races all across the state. I want to give my undying gratitude to Rod Blum and David Young, two individuals who conducted themselves with political courage and who both served the people of Iowa well. “Republicans at the state level fought and won on a winning message, and their victory is great news for every Iowan. I want to congratulate Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver for their steadfast leadership in retaining both chambers tonight. “...

Hubbell’s Plan for Iowa: Raise Taxes, Figure the Rest Out Later

We’re now just a few days away from Election Day and Fred Hubbell is making his final pitch to voters. What will Hubbell be talking about? Even though the state’s economy and wages are growing, the unemployment rate is number two in the nation, and the state’s budget has a surplus, Hubbell still thinks Iowa sucks. If Hubbell’s not attacking the state’s good news, there’s one and only answer that Hubbell is telling voters: I’m not sure how I’m going to fix what I don’t like, but I will raise taxes as I try to figure it out. “On every issue, Fred Hubbell comes to the same conclusion: after he raises our taxes, he’s not really ...

Axne Says One Thing About Ethanol in Public, Another Thing to Her Supporters

President Trump’s announcement that E15 would be offered year-round was met with universal praise. Even Cindy Axne - who criticized corn-based ethanol earlier this year - praised the move this week, saying she’s “firmly behind our ethanol industry...I want to make sure that we grow it.” But this is just another example of Axne thinking she can pull the wool over Iowan’s eyes. Six months ago, Axne struck a different tone on the topic in front of her supporters - she was highly critical of corn-based ethanol. Axne wants to move away from corn-based ethanol, because in her words, “continuing to trade out corn and soybeans is hurting ...

Finkenauer Wants to “Get Serious” About The Issues: But Finkenauer Isn’t Serious About Taking a Position

Abby Finkenauer keeps telling Eastern Iowans that it’s time to “get serious” and “get something done.” That sounds great - if the candidate had specifics to offer voters. If Finkenauer truly wanted to get something done, she would be offering Iowans real solutions...instead, the aspiring career politician is still running an empty campaign that doesn’t provide any specifics. Absent Abby is absent on the issues, and Iowans are noticing as the race is trending in Rod Blum’s direction. Congressman Rod Blum has a successful record of getting results for the first district, and he’s not afraid to let voters know. But Finkenauer often ...

Complaint Filed Against Deidre DeJear Alleging Multiple Campaign Finance Violations

A complaint was filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board against Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear, alleging improper filings as well as several campaign donation violations. Read the complaint filed with the IECDB here. DeJear has been funded by outside special interests looking to impose a liberal agenda on Iowans, and claims she’s running to help small businesses in the state. But along the way, it appears she neglected to follow campaign finance rules in her quest to become a career politician alongside far-left liberals. The complaint alleges that the DeJear for Iowa campaign formed a nonprofit corporation that ...

ICYMI: Joe Biden’s visit: Pep Rally or Rescue mission?

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit Iowa today to stump for fellow tax-hiking Democrats Fred Hubbell and Abby Finkenauer. But is Biden’s visit a rallying cry, or a rescue mission? Here’s what Team Biden said in September: Biden would be “conspicuously absent” in Iowa this fall because he “would bring more attention on his political future than the races in question.” So why is Biden now spending time rallying his base in Cedar Rapids? Given Hubbell’s failing message on taxes and Finkenauer’s slumping campaign, all indications are that Biden’s last-minute call up is a rescue mission for candidates underperforming in the ...

Just How Desperate is Fred Hubbell?

Fred Hubbell’s message of leaving no stone unturned when it comes to raising taxes - whether it be through income, property or sales tax - clearly isn’t resonating with Iowans. Just a few days before Election Day, Hubbell decided to flip the script and somehow claim that Governor Reynolds is the candidate who’s going to raise taxes (we can’t believe we’re even writing this)... “Just how desperate is Fred Hubbell that he’s come to the point where he’s decided to completely ignore the facts? There’s only one candidate in the race for Governor that’s cut taxes, and that’s Governor Kim Reynolds. There’s only one candidate ...

Cindy Axne Will “Fight for Middle Class Tax Relief” – By Repealing Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Cindy Axne is desperately trying to turn the tables on taxes. Like other fellow Democrats in the home stretch, Axne now says she’s going to “fight for middle class tax relief” in a new ad. Does she think Iowans will forget what she’s been saying throughout the campaign cycle? “The first thing that we need to do when we get out to Congress...is that we need to overturn this Republican tax bill,” Axne told fellow Democrat activists. The first thing Axne wants to do is raise taxes on the Iowans she wants to represent. If Axne doesn’t get her way, a typical family in IA03 will save $2,900 on their tax bill. If Axne gets to join Nancy ...

The Only Thing Rob Sand is Waking Up is his Political Career

Rob Sand likes to say that he’ll “wake up the watchdog” if he is elected State Auditor. But Sand also brushed aside criticisms that he’s unqualified to be State Auditor as “pointless.” Iowa’s State Auditor has been a CPA for nearly 40 years, and the Iowa Society of CPAs says that “a non-CPA [Auditor of State] would not be as qualified to speak to these issues without that common background, knowledge and expertise.” Sand isn’t qualified to understand the basic fundamentals of the position he’s running for. So what has he done in his own experience to “wake up the watchdog”? Sand likes to tout his work in the Iowa ...

Fred Hubbell’s “Iowa Sucks Campaign” Strikes Out in All Three Debates

The three gubernatorial debates served as three opportunities for Governor Kim Reynolds to talk about the great progress being seen in Iowa, including a growing economy, rising wages, and tax cuts that are putting more money into the pockets of hardworking Iowans. For Fred Hubbell, the debates were three opportunities to sell his “Iowa Sucks Campaign” - but instead, Hubbell struck out. While there are several moments to choose from, the three debates gave credence to the idea that Fred Hubbell has no clue how he’ll run Iowa - other than raising everyone’s taxes. Hubbell Will Raise Iowans' Taxes: After three lackluster debate performan...