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Iowa Politics Roundup: Romney, Pawlenty Start Building Iowa Bankrolls PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 23 July 2010 14:38

New reports filed with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board show two potential 2012 Republican presidential contenders are starting to fill the bank accounts of their Iowa-based political action committees.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's Free & Strong America PAC-Iowa raised $81,600 from eight out-of-state donors from May 15 to July 14, spent $81,784, and had $50,816 at the close of the reporting period.

Iowa Politics Roundup: Democratic Governors Association Backed Anti-Branstad Group PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 16 July 2010 14:57

A disclosure report filed Thursday with the IRS showed that the 527 organization called Iowans for Responsible Government, which ran attack ads against former Governor Terry Branstad before the primary election, was funded entirely by the Democratic Governors Association.

The DGA gave $782,500 to the group and is also Governor Chet Culver's largest contributor.

"We were right all along," said Branstad campaign manager Jeff Boeyink, who said the group crossed a serious line and needs to be held accountable for its actions. "We have reached a new low in Iowa politics."

Iowa Politics Roundup: GOP Cuts Registered-Voter Deficit in Half PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 09 July 2010 09:42

Iowa Republicans in the past month cut in half what was more than a 100,000-person deficit in voter registration.

As of this week, there are 699,972 active and inactive registered Democrats in Iowa and 644,838 registered Republicans, a difference of 55,134, according to the Iowa secretary of state's office. That compares with Republicans trailing Democrats by 102,450 on June 1, and by nearly 113,000 in January.

"In total, the Republicans reduced the deficit by 47,316 voters," said Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro. "Historically speaking, primaries are driven by parties. Nearly all the competitive races were found in the Republican Party this year, with the governor and three congressional districts, a secretary of state's race, a state treasurer's race."

Iowa Politics Roundup: Nearly 150 State Laws Take Effect PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 02 July 2010 12:09

All children under 18 riding in a car must be buckled up in a seat belt even when in the back seat; texting while driving will no longer be allowed; and more than 200 traffic fines will increase under three of the approximately 144 state laws that took effect Thursday, the first day of 2011 fiscal year.

Nearly three-fourths of the 196 bills approved by the 2010 legislature had a July 1 enactment date. Here's a closer look at some of the changes.

Seat-belt requirement: The law now requires all children under 18 to wear a seat belt or safety seat in a motor vehicle, even when in the back seat. The legislation didn't survive on its own but saw final passage as part of the transportation budget bill. Responsibility is placed on the violator rather than the driver if the person is 14 or older.

Ban on texting while driving: Iowa joins 28 other states with a ban on texting while driving. Adult drivers are restricted from reading, writing, and sending text messages. Teens with an instruction permit, restricted license, or intermediate license are banned from all use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. The bill includes exceptions for global positioning systems and for trucking and transit companies that use digital dispatch systems, as well as for public-safety and health-care professionals. The law took effect Thursday but allows a one-year education period during which violators will be given warnings. After that, violators will be guilty of a simple misdemeanor and could be fined $30. Penalties are harsher if an accident occurs and causes serious injury or death.

Iowa Politics Roundup: Branstad Gets Mostly Positive Reaction for Reynolds Pick PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 25 June 2010 12:48

While most of the reaction to Republican gubernatorial nominee Terry Branstad's pick of state Senator Kim Reynolds (R-Osceola) as his running mate was positive, at least one key special interest group is still not ready to jump on board the four-term governor's bandwagon.

Iowa Family PAC Board Chair Danny Carroll said Thursday that "at this point nothing has changed" when it comes to the group endorsing a Branstad/Reynolds ticket.

"As far as the Iowa Family PAC is concerned, our expectations remain the same, whether it be the nominee for governor Terry Branstad or his lieutenant governor. We are looking for leaders who will take a strong position in defending life and marriage and the family."

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