16 results for tag: Republican Party of Iowa


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 Kaufmann. He said the state GOP is spending more than $1 million on targeted mailin...

Iowa GOP: Brad Anderson’s ties to convicted identity thief should concern Iowans seeking impartial chief elections officer

DES MOINES—The Republican Party of Iowa charged today that Brad Anderson's ties to convicted criminal Zach Edwards while Edwards worked under Anderson at the state's largest Democrat consulting firm should concern Iowans seeking a neutral arbiter of elections. Edwards pleaded guilty in 2012 to using a computer at Link Strategies to steal the identity of Matt Schultz, Iowa's Secretary of State. "Brad Anderson's cozy connection to a criminal dirty trickster strikes at the heart of his disingenuous campaign to portray himself as a champion of free and fair elections," said Iowa GOP co-chairman Cody Hoefert, a chiropractor and city ...

Iowa GOP chair: Anti-jobs, anti-transparency agenda of Hatch on display in Burlington debate

BURLINGTON, Iowa—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann highlighted the anti-jobs and anti-transparency agenda of state Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, after the second debate of the 2014 gubernatorial cycle. "There is a reason that voters in Iowa don't support and don't trust Jack Hatch: he is running a campaign on an anti-jobs and anti-transparency agenda," said Kaufmann, a seventh-generation livestock farmer and community college professor from Wilton. "Jack Hatch aggressively attacks good jobs in Southeast Iowa, but he maneuvered behind the scenes to kill legislation that would hurt his own bank account," Kaufmann ...

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 Iowa, up by Ames,” Bruntz introduces herself to the audience much like she does ...

RPII: Biden campaigns, Harkin Steak Fry bites, early voting

Republican Party of Iowa Intel (RPII) is a regular update to Iowa GOP activists and other interested parties featuring news and information about Iowa Republicans and campaigns. Send tips—news from your area, events, etc.—to patch [at] iowagop.org with [RPII] in the subject field. DES MOINES—Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iowa Wednesday morning for a partisan campaign rally on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol that he billed to U.S. taxpayers. In a release, Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the ...

Iowa GOP: Biden uses taxpayer funded Iowa trip for partisan stump speech

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Vice President Joe Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the midterm elections. "I'd love nothing more than for Joe Biden to be a 2016 presidential candidate," said Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and a seventh-generation livestock farmer from Wilton. "If that wish won't come true, then I'd at least wish he would campaign on his own dime and not bill the taxpayers of Iowa and America." "Time and time again, when I served in the Iowa House of Representatives, I saw Republicans stand with the ...

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 my party’s candidate for every office from county supervisor to president. ...

Iowa GOP chair: Appel refusal to pull terrorist passports a dangerous, ignorant response to ISIS threat

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann today denounced statements from last week's Iowa Press debate in which Democrat Staci Appel, who is running for Congress in Iowa's Third District, said she would not take away the passports of known American terrorists who admit to joining organizations such as the Islamic State, or ISIS. During the debate, Appel stated: “I would not be urging taking away their passports,” adding, "I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis.” “Staci Appel was asked outright if she would confiscate passports from known American ...

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 ...