18 results for tag: Iowa GOP


Iowa GOP chair contrasts backgrounds of SOS candidates, calls on Anderson to release client list

DES MOINES—After the campaign of Paul Pate, the GOP nominee for Secretary of State, released a web video yesterday highlighting his service to Iowa, Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann is highlighting the contrast between Pate and his Democrat opponent. Democrats nominated Brad Anderson, a partisan political operative, as their candidate for Secretary of State. Anderson, a Chicago native, directed the 2012 campaign for President Barack Obama in Iowa. “Iowans have a clear choice for Secretary of State: Paul Pate, a proven public servant and small businessman, or Brad Anderson, a partisan operative,” said Kaufmann, a ...

RPII: Joni Ernst door knocks in Clive for ‘Weekend of Action,’ Chairman Kaufmann appears on ‘Iowa Press’

CLIVE, Iowa—State Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, stopped by the Republican Party of Iowa Victory Headquarters in Urbandale Saturday morning to meet volunteers on the first shift of the day for the Iowa GOP's weekend of action. She then went to a Clive neighborhood to door knock with volunteers. Iowa GOP volunteer Peggy Hermann, a grandmother and retired teacher, canvassed with Ernst. Hermann, a Missouri Valley native, has volunteered for GOP campaigns since 1988."I love Iowa. It's the best kept secret in the country as far as people and communities," she said. "That's why I'm so taken with Joni. I'm a small town girl. She's genuine, and ...

Iowa GOP chair calls on Loebsack to denounce shameful Labor Day comments

DES MOINES—During a Labor Day event yesterday in Iowa City, local Federation of Labor president Jesse Case uttered a disparaging, boorish and sexist comment about Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the GOP nominee in Iowa's Second District. Democrat Rep. Dave Loebsack, her opponent, apparently stood by and said nothing at his hometown event. "Loebsack's opponent and the Koch brothers can kiss our ass," Case said, according to John Deeth, a Democratic blogger. "There is no place in civil political discourse for the hateful rhetoric used by Loebsack's union boss buddy. Congressman Dave Loebsack should immediately denounce it and apologize to Dr. ...

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 about $1.5 million against Ernst, FEC records show. “These are expensive races,...

Iowa GOP unveils major revelation about Hatch’s legislative maneuvering for personal financial gain

DES MOINES—The Republican Party of Iowa held a press conference this afternoon at the Iowa State Capitol to unveil a major revelation about the questionable legislative maneuvering of state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, to benefit his real estate development firm. In the 2013 legislative session, state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, introduced a bill to reduce the maximum amount of developer tax credits through the Iowa Finance Authority from 15 to 10 percent. Senate Democrats assigned the bill, S.F. 95, to Hatch, the flailing Democrat nominee for governor. Hatch made sure that the bill never got a hearing, much less a full debate on the ...

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 lose millions of dollars or undoubtedly lose a significant amount of money and he ...

Hatch hiding from Iowa voters on taxes, business deals

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann blasted liberal state Sen. Jack Hatch for his hypocrisy, utter disregard of facts and talking down to Iowans after the flailing Democrat gubernatorial nominee defended hiding his tax returns from Iowa voters at a press conference today. "Jack Hatch must have something extremely damaging in his tax returns since he continues to keep Iowans in the dark on his business dealings," said Kaufmann, a century farmer from Wilton and a former statehouse leader. "First, his campaign said they would release tax additional tax returns, only to backtrack on that promise a mere three hours later. ...

Sioux City Journal: Iowa GOP leader sees battles, but party cohesive

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann on Friday said Republicans may engage in more public infighting than Democrats, but contended the GOP has healed from the 2012 election and is cohesive as the 2014 midterm election approaches. "Do Republicans seem to fight a little bit more than Democrats? Yeah, we do," Kaufmann said in a Journal interview. He was in Sioux City for the 75th anniversary event of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women. Kaufmann took over the party in June 2014, filling the vacancy of a term that had been held by both A.J. Spiker and Danny Carroll. He will run again for a full two-year term in January 2015, in hope of ...