Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann Unanimously Re-elected to Post

(DES MOINES) - Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann was unanimously elected to a third consecutive term today, a vote of confidence from the party's governing body after Kaufmann oversaw three election cycles in which Iowa became a reliably red state. Under Kaufmann’s leadership, Iowa Republicans have: gained a U.S. Senate seat, flipped and expanded the majority in the Iowa Senate, retained a consistent majority in the Iowa House, retained statewide elected officials, delivered the state for President Donald Trump and elected Iowa’s first female governor. ...

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RPI Statement on Elizabeth Warren’s Upcoming Iowa Visit

DES MOINES - Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement in response to Elizabeth Warren’s upcoming Iowa visit: “Elizabeth Warren is just another East Coast liberal - she’s proven to be an obstructionist who’s long on rhetoric and short on accomplishments.  The Massachusetts Senator has spent more time whipping up an ancestry charade than she has talking about the issues Americans really care about - securing our borders, cutting taxes and regulations, and negotiating better deals with our trade partners. I’d encourage her ...

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Rob Sand’s Hallmark Case is Falling Flat

Aspiring career politician Rob Sand loves to talk about himself - especially when it concerns his prosecution of the Iowa Lottery scandal. But even the Des Moines Register has figured out that his “big case” isn’t everything that Sand would have us believe. The lottery cheaters owe millions in restitution but haven’t paid up, yet they continue to own expensive properties. That is because Rob Sand failed to do what a prosecutor is suppose to do: make criminals pay back their ill-gotten gains. “During his campaign for State Auditor, Rob Sand would tell ...

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RPI Statement on Recent Court Decision in House District 55

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement on the recent court decision regarding the Iowa House District 55 race: "This might be surprising coming from me, but I agree with the Democrats.  In court, they identified that they lack sufficient facts for standing to challenge the contest before the House of Representatives.  The election has been certified, the court dismissed their case, it’s time to move on." ### View the motion here.

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As the New Year Approaches, Democrats Continue Down the Same Out-of-Touch Path

(DES MOINES)—As Progress Iowa holds their annual Holiday Party tonight, Democrats are presented with an opportunity to unveil a positive agenda for the future. Instead, their vision for the country continues to leave rural Iowa behind. Progress Iowa’s motto, proudly displayed as “RESIST. PERSIST. REPEAT,” is fitting given Representatives-elect Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer are headlining the event. After the election, Axne and Finkenauer quickly fell in line and quietly voted to once again make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House. House Democrats have ...

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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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