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June 24th, 2013

Political Primer for the Week of June 24

Summertime has arrived and the coming week promises to be a heated one, both in Iowa and nationally. This will be a very consequential week in Washington, DC, for the immigration bill, gay marriage and climate change.

Here in Iowa, several there are several county GOP fundraisers, as well as some campaigning to do. Below are political the events and happenings to keep your eyes on in the coming week.

Iowa Political Events

Monday, June 24

2nd Annual Robert D. Ray Golf Outing – The legendary Governor Ray and numerous elected officials will be greeting golfers, and some of them hitting the links, at Willow Creek Golf Course in Des Moines Monday at 8 am. The cost to play $100 and the funds go back to local candidates.

If golf isn’t your thing, the luncheon will include a speech by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and others, plus an auction for some great prizes. Cost for that is only $25 and it begins at 12 pm.

Tuesday, June 25

Branstad/Reynolds town hall meetings in Benton & Tama Counties – The governor and lt. governor hold a town hall meeting at the Vinton City Hall at 1 pm. They will move to Tama County for an event at the King Tower Café in Tama at 3pm. The public is invited.

Wednesday, June 26

Clovis campaigns in Johnson County – U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis takes his campaign into eastern Iowa for the first time as he holds a meet and greet at the Coralville Public Library on Wednesday at 4 pm.

Thursday, June 27

Dallas County GOP potluck – Dallas County Republicans are holding a potluck dinner at Mound Park in Dallas Center on Thursday at 6pm. Bring a dish and gather with likeminded conservatives. Freewill donations are accepted.

Friday, June 28

Branstad/Reynolds townhall in Mahaska County – Gov. Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds hold a town hall meeting at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa on Friday at 1pm. The event is open to the public.

Henry County GOP Hog Roast – Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds is a featured speaker at the Henry County Republicans annual hog roast at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club in Mt. Pleasant. Doors open at 5pm. The cost is $20.00. Other entertainment will be provided and a live auction will also take place.

Ben Swann in Des Moines – Libertarian-leaning journalist Ben Swann brings his “Liberty is Rising” tour to the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines  on Friday. Doors open at 6pm. The event is sponsored by Liberty Iowa.

Saturday, June 29

Senator Jack Whitver Annual Family Picnic – The Ankeny Republican holds his annual family picnic/fundraiser at the Ankeny Band Shell on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. The cost is $25 per person and $50 per family.

(*note-If we missed any events, our apologies. Feel free to add those in the comments section.)

Major Happenings in Washington, DC

Immigration bill vote expected Monday – The U.S. Senate debates, and likely votes on, a 1,200-page amendment to the immigration bill on Monday. It adds a large number of border agents, but requires no fence.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up gay marriage – The Supreme Court is set to rule on California’s Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act this week. Prop 8 bans same sex marriage. The decision handed down by the justices will have far reaching implications that are likely to be impact the 2016 Iowa Caucus.

Obama unveils climate change plan – President Obama plans to discuss climate change during a speech on Tuesday and it is expected that he will unveil a series of “executive actions” to address global warming.

About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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