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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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: ...

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