RPI Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: "Late last night, America lost yet another patriot and hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bush family during this difficult time. "As President, George H.W. Bush led with great compassion during a tumultuous time in our nation's history. Forty-one implemented foreign policy that saw through the breakup of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Kuwait. Our country, and the world, owe President Bush a debt of gratitude, and we ...

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Axne and Finkenauer Quickly Abandon Iowans, Throw Support Behind Pelosi

Throughout the campaign, Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer avoided supporting Nancy Pelosi at every turn. Axne frequently claimed she would vote for “whomever is the best representative for the people here in Iowa.” Finkenauer also dodged the question, at one point saying “no one cares” whether or not she supported Pelosi. But now that the election is over, they have finally come clean: Axne and Finkenauer believe the best Speaker for Iowans is a liberal from California. Axne was among a handful of newly-elected Representatives to sign a letter pledging unwavering ...

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RPI Statement on Election of New Iowa House Minority Leader

Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert released the following statement in response to the House Democrats’ election of a new Minority Leader: “Today, the Iowa House Democrats selected Todd Prichard as their new Minority Leader. After more than five years of lackluster leadership under Representative Smith, the Party of Des Moines now has a failed gubernatorial candidate leading their statewide effort to reclaim the House. “On Election Day, voters in every corner of the state made clear they don’t support Democrats’ empty rhetoric and governmen...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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