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Ethics Complaint Filed Against State Senator Tod Bowman

MAQUOKETA, IA – A formal ethics complaint against State Senator Tod Bowman (D, Maquoketa) was filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board on Friday, October 19. The complaint cites two grievances with the Bowman campaign. The first grievance against Senator Bowman is for his failure to include a legal campaign disclaimer on a video posted to his personal Facebook page. Iowa Code section 68A.405(3) clearly states a legal campaign disclaimer is required on any expressed advocacy. The second grievance against Senator Bowman is for shooting his television ads at a local public school. Iowa Code section 68A.505 prohibits the use of ...

Abby Finkenauer’s Hometown Paper: She’s Not Ready for Primetime

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald just released their endorsement in IA01: Congressman Rod Blum. The editorial board cited Blum’s “bipartisan initiatives” and his work to secure funding for the Cedar Rapids flood wall. They also pointed out the stark differences in this race and how Democrat Abby Finkenauer isn’t ready for primetime. “The more that Eastern Iowans learn about Abby Finkenauer, the more they’re realizing that she’s nothing more than an aspiring career politician with tired talking points that don’t fit her district,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “Most of Abby’s ...

RPI Statement on Third Gubernatorial Debate

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the third debate in the Iowa Governor’s race: "Three gubernatorial debates should have given Fred Hubbell plenty of time to make his case to the voters of Iowa -  but the longer the debates went on, the more apparent it was that Fred Hubbell really isn’t interested in presenting a real ‘vision’ for Iowans. Instead, Hubbell’s performance was not built on substance but on tearing down everything Republicans have accomplished. Fred Hubbell should be thankful that there’s not any more debates on the schedule as the contrast in the race for Governor ...

RPI Releases Digital Ad: “Hubbell’s Tax Tailspin”

We’re just over two weeks until Election Day and the last IAGOV debate is tomorrow - not a great time for Fred Hubbell’s campaign to go into a tailspin, over the taxes he’s promised to raise. This might be the only issue Hubbell has been consistent on: he’s going to “peel back” the income tax cuts, “claw back” property tax cuts, and implement a standalone sales tax increase. Hubbell’s in trouble down the homestretch: after two lackluster debate performances, he threw together a direct to camera TV ad claiming, “I’m not going to raise taxes on the middle class.” Translation: Hubbell is telling Iowans, don’t listen to what I ...

DC Dave Dodges Debate As He Distances Himself from His Constituents

DC Dave Loebsack was set to finally debate Dr. Chris Peters this Saturday, but then Loebsack did what he does best: he dodged the opportunity to debate in front of his constituents at the last minute. Loebsack was apparently so afraid to shine a light on his troubling record for the district that he decided to undercut the established debate rules and claim that he could no longer participate. We get it, Dave: your policies are becoming more in line with the Democrats in DC than the Iowans you represent. Loebsack’s recent news hasn’t helped, either: a recent poll showed Peters within striking distance of him, and while Loebsack didn’t go up ...

RPI Statement on Tonight’s Gubernatorial Debate

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the second debate in the Iowa Governor’s race: “Tonight, Governor Kim Reynolds built on her momentum from the first debate and further displayed why she’s the only candidate in this race with a plan to Keep Iowa Moving. While Governor Reynolds has delivered results for Iowans including historic tax reform, bipartisan mental health reform, and record K-12 funding, Fred Hubbell has repeatedly failed to offer a real vision for Iowa’s future - except for his plan to raise your taxes wherever he can. “Instead, Hubbell stuck to using partisan rhetoric ...

Fred Hubbell’s “Plan” for Iowa? Raising Every Tax He Can Find

Fred Hubbell’s “Iowa Sucks” Campaign came home to roost at last week’s debate. Under the lights, Hubbell proved that he doesn’t have any vision for Iowa’s future - instead, he’s left with poll-tested talking points that attempt to create an alternate reality contrary to Iowa’s successes.  As we approach tonight’s second Gubernatorial debate, Hubbell has made only two things clear: he’s still running an “Iowa sucks” campaign - and importantly for the taxpayers, Hubbell wants to implement every tax hike he can get his hands on. Hubbell’s Plan: Hike All the Taxes We know Hubbell would have vetoed Iowa’s historic middle ...

RPI Statement on First District Debate

RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the conclusion of tonight’s First Congressional District debate: “While the voters of Eastern Iowa were once again shut out tonight by Abby Finkenauer’s absence on the issues, they heard a compelling record of results from Rod Blum. Despite the fact that Blum’s faced millions in attack ads from Finkenauer and her allies outside of Iowa, he’s winning over Iowans who respect that he’s offering real solutions and not hollow rhetoric. “Finkenauer’s absence on the campaign trail has left an increasing number of Iowans with more questions than answers, and the contrast ...

What Finkenauer Sees “Working The Best” on Healthcare: The $32 Trillion, Tax-Hiking Medicare for All

Tonight is the final debate between Abby Finkenauer and Congressman Rod Blum, which means it’s Absent Abby’s last chance to be upfront with Iowans about where she stands on the issues (which, shocker, she hasn’t been), including healthcare. When Finkenauer had the opportunity to share her position on healthcare with a larger audience at the first debate, she shied away from talking about Medicare for All. But when talking with a small audience of her supporters about healthcare, she wasn’t afraid to shine light on what she truly believes: “To be honest, what I see working the best would be Medicare for All. I think that is something we ...

Fred Hubbell’s “Iowa Sucks” Campaign Is Backfiring

Fred Hubbell’s performance at the first debate in the Governor’s race fell flat. For 15 months, Hubbell’s been attempting to tell Iowans how bad he thinks the state is doing - even though reality shows our economy is growing, our budget has a surplus, and incomes are rising. The progress our state is experiencing means good news for Iowans, but bad news for Fred Hubbell. “Only Fred Hubbell would label a $127 million surplus and continued positive indicators as a ‘disastrous’ direction for our state,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “Fred Hubbell’s relentless negative campaign means ...