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Republicans bash Braley for blaming lack of town halls on Giffords shooting, budget cuts

A recent comment by Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, that he is holding fewer town hall meetings in Iowa’s First Congressional District because of the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., is drawing fire from Republi...
by Jeff Patch


Braley dances around Syria and debt questions at U of I event

IOWA CITY—Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, sounds more and more like a typical politician as he campaigns for an open U.S. Senate seat. At an event geared toward students on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday afternoon, Braley d...
by Jeff Patch


Iowa native Barth, GOP tech pioneer, focuses on political data

ORLANDO—In 1999, when Decorah native Chad Barth first started working in politics as a staffer for the Republican Party of Iowa, politics was decidedly low-tech. RPI housed its voter file in a massive Gateway computer tower. ...
by Jeff Patch



TIR at RightOnline will report from Orlando Thurs. to Sat. as Americans for Prosperity hosts its annual RightOnline conference. As noted by fellow attendee and Caffeinated Thoughts blogger Shane Vander Hart, RightOnline feat...
by Jeff Patch


Dem leader McCarthy resigns for A.G. gig

DES MOINES—Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his resignation Thursday to take a high-paid position in the office of the Iowa Attorney General. After Aug. 15, McCarthy’s last day in office, Gov. Terry Brans...
by Jeff Patch



Jacobs pitches background as turnaround CEO

Mark Jacobs visits with Dave Cushman, a member of the Republican Party of Iowa’s state central committee, at Morrison Brothers Co. in Dubuque. Photo by the Mark Jacobs exploratory committee. URBANDALE, Iowa—Mark Jacobs,...
by Jeff Patch