REALEASE: Patty Judge bear hugs the “establishment”

DES MOINES – Chet Culver’s former lieutenant governor Patty Judge yesterday told 17 people in Sioux City that she embraces the establishment label: Patty Judge has generated headlines recently for being MIA on the campaign trail, while her opponent Rob Hogg publicly lists every campaign event he hosts or attends. “I’m glad Patty Judge took time out of her busy schedule with her establishment friends in Washington, D.C. to hold two events yesterday,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “At this break-neck pace, she’ll reach all 99 ...

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RELEASE: Kauffman Joins Iowa Republicans in Uniting for Victory in 2016, Defeating Clinton

HIAWATHA – As part of the United Iowa rally today at the Easter Iowa Republican Party Headquarters, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann joined activists to work together and defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.   Chairman Kaufmann, surrounded by members of the Republican Party of Iowa, reminded voters that Hillary Clinton’s failed policies will hurt Iowans and Republicans continue to unite in an effort to find conservative solutions. "I came here today to send a loud and clear message to Washington D.C. and Des Moines: Republicans ...

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The Hill: Voting begins in battle for Senate

Voting is officially underway in the midterm elections. Election Day isn’t until Nov. 4, but a total of 36 states and the District of Columbia allow some form of early voting in person or by mail. Iowa's early voting began on Thursday, and North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Ohio, Louisiana and Georgia will allow ballots to be cast in the coming weeks... Both parties are spending money to get out the vote. "By the time we're wrapped up, we're going to have hundreds of people that are out there knocking on doors," said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff ...

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IPR: The Low Profile Battle for State Senate Majority

Most of the attention during this mid-term election season in Iowa has been on the races for U.S. Senate and Governor. However, further down the ballot, Iowa voters will determine who controls the Iowa Senate... One of the seats Democrats are defending is an open one long held by retiring Senator Dennis Black. The district includes Newton and Altoona. Republicans are hoping to pick up the seat that leans Democratic with Crystal Bruntz. On a recent Tuesday morning, Bruntz talks to a couple dozen activists at the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters. “I grew up in ...

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ICYMI: Politics is a team sport—why I always vote straight ticket

FYI: The following post first appeared on hawkeyegop.com, the website of Iowa GOP State Central Committee member David Chung: I hear it every election year from friends and family, “I look at the issues and candidates and always vote for the best person regardless of party.” Sometimes, it is said matter-of-factly, sometimes it is said condescendingly but it is always said sincerely. The implication is that only the naive or uninformed vote straight ticket. Nothing could be further from the truth. In nearly every election, I have had the opportunity to talk to ...

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Gazette: GOP calls Democrats’ ‘Koch problem’ attack on Ernst ‘just bomb throwing’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Democrats launched a new salvo in their attack on Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst’s connection to the billionaire Koch brothers. “They’re trying to buy Tom Harkin’s seat,” Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price insisted on a Wednesday conference call with reporters... Braley has benefitted, too, from out-of-state billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate PAC, which has spent $3 million in Iowa, according to Federal Election Commission data. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has spent more than $500,000 for Braley and ...

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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 ...

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Bruce Braley Can’t Be Trusted On Social Security

DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley has proven that he can't be trusted on the issue of Social Security. Braley first said that he was for raising the retirement age, but today he announced he opposes his own idea. As the Des Moines Register reports: “Braley told the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2006 – shortly before he won his first election to Congress – that raising the retirement age might be necessary to ensure Social Security's long-term viability. … The Braley campaign on Monday clarified that he does not support raising the retirement …” ...

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Bruce Braley Called For Raising The Social Security Retirement Age

DES MOINES – The Republican Party of Iowa is reminding voters that Washington liberal Bruce Braley has called for raising the Social Security retirement age. As the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: "However, he's willing to consider all options when it comes to ensuring the program's long-term viability. … However, there aren't many options he would rule out. Braley called for 'some modest adjustments.' With life expectancy growing, raising the retirement age - similar to the adjustment made under the Reagan administration - might be necessary, Braley said. (James ...

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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 ...

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