Politics articles

different paths converge

VA Office poised to move past conflicts with New Director

VA Office poised to move past conflicts with New Director

CHARLES CITY, IA – With strong men, and women, come strong and sometimes differing opinions on how to get things done. Nowhere is that more evident than with Veterans Affairs. Dennis Sanvig is the current chairman of Floyd County Veteran Affairs commission and he touches on some of the history of the problems that have

Legislative Chambers

After Sorenson case, lawmakers back ethics rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa legislative leaders don’t plan to change ethics rules for political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another. The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that former Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to


Washington Legislators on annual Hiatus

DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Congressman Steve King is currently back in Iowa and he talks about the long standing Washington Tradition that sends the legislators home for the month of August: King said that before the break it was a busy time in Washington with much work being done on two important issues, the

US House of Rep Seal

Braley Calls for an End to Big Oil Tax Breaks

  Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced his support for the Ending Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act—which would end tax breaks for the largest oil companies, saving taxpayers roughly $40 billion over the next five years. “Some of the most profitable corporations in history don’t need additional handouts from taxpayers,” Braley said. “The future of

US Senate Seal

Executive Order on Federal Contracting Echoes Sen Harkin Investigative Report

WASHINGTON DC – A new White House Executive Order (EO) to strengthen the federal contracting system by promoting compliance with federal labor law echoes many recommendations from a 2013 report issued by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, that revealed widespread labor law violations by major government contractors that went unnoticed

Terry Branstad

Branstad has $4 million in campaign chest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has over $4 million in the bank for his re-election campaign. Branstad announced Tuesday that he raised over $700,000 during the most recent state fundraising period, which ended Monday. He has more than $4 million on hand for his general election campaign. The Republican governor

sec of state

Secretary of state candidates play down voter ID

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The loud cry for voter ID and voter fraud investigations is fading to a whimper as Iowa’s top election official prepares to leave and those seeking to replace him downplay the politically charged issues. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz leaves in January after pursuing high profile voter fraud investigations


Iowa GOP votes to replace party chairman

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Republican Party has voted to replace its current chairman with a former state lawmaker. The state central committee on Saturday chose former state Rep. Jeff Kauffman, of Wilton, as the new party chairman. Kaufmann replaces Danny Carroll, a former lobbyist for the Family Leader, a conservative Christian group.


Congressman King Supports VA Management Accountability Act

    Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014. H.R. 4031 will give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, the authority to terminate senior executives involved in the recent VA “secret waiting list” scandal.