Fred’s Fable on Younkers “Job Creation” Just Doesn’t Add Up

Sir Frederick Hubbell jumped out of his own bubble to pick Rita Hart as his running mate. But even Hart can’t distract from Hubbell’s Hartless policies at Younkers, where he left rural Iowa behind by closing up shop to focus on profits in urban areas. As he’s done throughout his career, Hubbell’s priorities have been with his friends in Des Moines, not everyday Iowans. When facing the heat, Hubbell’s defense of his record at Younkers has led to a string of lies. Instead of admitting the real reason why he closed stores, Hubbell first blamed the farm crisis. ...

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In Case You Missed It: Iowa Personal Income Growth Jumps Over The Last Quarter As Another Indicator of Iowa’s Growing Economy

Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released their report on personal income growth for the first quarter of 2018. Iowa’s growth jumped over the last quarter, ranking #15 in the country. After growing 4.5 percent in Q4 of 2017, Iowa’s personal income grew 5 percent in Q1 of 2018. Read the report here. This is just the latest sign that Iowa’s economy is moving forward under Governor Kim Reynolds’ leadership. A report late last week gave Iowa an “A” for its manufacturing economy, only one of five states in the country to receive the rating. Along with ...

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When Will Rita Hart Hold Hubbell Accountable for His Poor Record In Rural Iowa?

The Fred Hubbell/Rita Hart ticket is set, with a focus on undoing progress and taking Iowa backwards. But it’s not just their negativity that will present a few bumps along the road: Hart might take issue with Hubbell’s dismal approach to rural Iowa. Not only did Hubbell close Younkers stores in rural towns, his executives that reported to him justified the decision by saying they’d have “a much better return on our investment in our larger stores.” Hubbell’s executives also described 40 layoffs during his time as chairman as “Not something of real ...

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Fred Hubbell’s “Turning Back The Clock” Series: The Boondoggle of I-JOBS

Sir Frederick Hubbell’s strategy for Iowa isn’t providing a positive vision for the state - it’s spouting a doom and gloom message. Now that he’s solidified his ticket to take Iowa backward, he means it, too: at his own party’s convention, Hubbell told himself and fellow Democrats that he’s running to literally undo every single reform of the past two years. Hubbell has been perfectly clear: he wants to turn back the clock. To commemorate Hubbell’s backwards campaign, RPI is taking a closer look at how Republicans moved the state forward from the mistakes ...

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#PhonyFred: Fred Hubbell Just Can’t Lead, Even On The Issues He Attacks the Most

Hubbell might think he leads with Hart - but the truth is, he doesn’t lead, he wanders. Sure, he’s spent time and money poll-testing answers to issues - but Hubbell has yet to find sure footing. The issues that Hubbell rails on the most - including tax cuts and the Apple economic development project - are the very same issues he can’t find his footing on. “For Fred Hubbell, it’s not about having a set of principles to stand on - it’s about putting a finger in the wind to see which way it’s blowing,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the ...

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Jeremy Davis Nominated For State Treasurer at Republican Party of Iowa State Convention

This weekend, former Ames City Council Member Jeremy Davis was nominated for State Treasurer at the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Convention. Davis brings a wealth of experience leading on fiscal and oversight issues in federal, state and local governments. Running as the taxpayers’ advocate, Davis would bring more accountability and transparency to the state treasurer’s office. RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement on Davis’s nomination: “Jeremy Davis brings strong accountability and leadership principles to the state treasurer’s ...

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Republican Party of Iowa Congratulates Mike Naig For Winning Nomination For Secretary of Agriculture

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after Mike Naig secured the Republican nomination for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture: “I want to congratulate Mike Naig as the Republican nominee to be Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. Naig is abundantly qualified to be a great successor to Bill Northey as the guiding voice on agriculture issues, and to represent the farmers who make up the backbone of our economy. “The strength of Iowa’s farm economy remains paramount to our state’s success, and there’s no doubt in my mind ...

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What Do Democrats Really Think About Fred Hubbell?

Sir Frederick Hubbell successfully bought his own primary, spending nearly $3 million of his own money to do so. There’s no telling how much Hubbell will fork over this fall, but beyond the big checks, one point is becoming more clear: Hubbell doesn’t represent everyday Iowans. But don’t just take it from us: even fellow Democrats aren’t thrilled about Hubbell being their standard bearer. RPI has released the webpage DemocratsOnHubbell.com, to document the growing number of Democrats wary of Hubbell’s candidacy: View DemocratsOnHubbell.com here. Here’s a ...

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Abby Can’t Hide From Her DC Ties

Abby Finkenauer won the Democrat primary in IA-01 - despite her disdain for grassroots campaigning. What’s her plan for the general? Finkenauer spent a quarter of a million dollars after raising a ton of money from the Hollywood and DC liberal elite. Finkenauer’s obsession with DC tells Eastern Iowans all they need to know: Finkenauer won’t be a champion for Iowa values. “Abby Finkenauer’s campaign has been focused on keeping DC elites happy - at the cost of ignoring Eastern Iowa,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of ...

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ICYMI: Fred Hubbell’s Business Record Exposed

Sir Frederick Hubbell may have outbid his opponents for the Democrat nomination - for a price tag of $6 million - but now Democrats are left with an elitist liberal who’s only ever looked out for himself. Hubbell continues to tout his business background, but he’s fooling himself if he thinks his record doesn’t reveal how he left rural Iowa in the dust. Hubbell’s business record merits closer examination: he cites his time with Younkers as an example of what he would do as Governor, but the facts show he closed several Younkers stores in rural Iowa to focus on ...

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