Majority Leader Chris Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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Looking Forward To New Opportunities 

The historic 2016 election is finally behind us and I am humbled and truly grateful to be given another two years to serve House District 43. I am also honored that my colleagues have chosen me to serve another term as Majority Leader.

I am looking forward to taking a short break and enjoying Thanksgiving with my family next week. I have a lot to be thankful for and the opportunity to serve Iowans at the Statehouse is at the top of my list. While I am ready for a change of pace, I am already thinking about the upcoming session and everything House Republicans will accomplish during the 87th General Assembly. We made promises to voters along the way and intend to use the power Iowans entrusted to us to keep those promises.  Read more »

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House Republican Newsletter – November 17, 2016

A new version of the November 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – November 17

In this edition:

  • Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition
  • Gov. Encourages Computer Science Education
  • Significant Changes to Marijuana Laws Across the Nation
  • Iowa Department of Revenue Announces Annual Interest Rate and Standard Deduction for 2017

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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News Briefing

Republicans Upmeyer, Hagenow return to Iowa House leadership:  GAZETTE
Top GOP leader calls for ‘more listening…less declaring right now’:  RADIOIOWA
Des Moines identified as top 100 human trafficking site:  REGISTER
Concerns grow as massage parlors spread across Iowa:  REGISTER
New gambling board announced for proposed Cedar Rapids ’boutique casino’:  GAZETTE
After 20 years as Senate Democrats’ floor leader, Gronstal exits:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa City bar charges Trump voters higher cover, sparks outrage:  PRESSCITIZEN
Dakota Access pipeline decision unlikely until early 2017:  AP
Sand company gets go-ahead for underground mining:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa farm to be replicated in China:  REGISTER
Iowa case centers on state’s power to stop deer disease from spreading:  REGISTER
Crowdfunding engages public in campus endeavors at University of Iowa:  GAZETTE

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House Republicans Elect Leadership

House Republicans Elect Leadership

Upmeyer re-elected Speaker, Hagenow as Majority Leader

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Republicans elected new leadership to lead the caucus into the 2017 legislative session.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was re-elected as Speaker of the House.  Upmeyer has served as Speaker of the House since 2015, and previously served as House Majority Leader from 2010-2015 and House Minority Whip from 2008-2010.  She was just elected to serve her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She served as a nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center for many years. Read more »

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News Briefing

Injunction seeks to stop DOT from issuing tickets:  REGISTER
State-owned Honey Creek Resort loses money:  GAZETTE
Hundreds protest hate and discrimination in Iowa City:  GAZETTE
Regents announce schedule for UNI presidential finalists:  REGISTER
Regents propose adding new type of lower-paid grad employee at UI:  PRESSCITIZEN
Pipeline company seeks federal court OK to proceed with plan:  AP
With Trump’s win, what’s the future for Dakota Access pipeline?:  REGISTER
Pipeline nearly done in Iowa, but protesters won’t quit:  REGISTER
Iowa universities respond to postelection tensions:  GAZETTE
Iowa Policy Project report calls for adjusting government supports for families:  RADIOIOWA
Environmentalists fear meatpacking plants will spur hog confinements:  REGISTER
West Des Moines to settle discrimination lawsuit for $1.9M:  AP
Cedar Rapids topsoil plan gets initial approval:  GAZETTE
Iowa Western asks voters to pass bond to address campus security issues:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Tesla adds supercharging stations at three Iowa Hy-Vee stores:  GAZETTE

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News Briefing

Lawmakers urge longer tuition outlook:  WCFCOURIER
Branstad, Reynolds focused on ‘next level’:  SCJOURNAL
China trip sparks speculation on Branstad’s future:  REGISTER
Iowa Legislature could take up traffic camera ban:  GAZETTE
Corbett: Lawmakers should raise minimum wage before telling counties they can’t:  GAZETTE
ISU president damaged private plane in earlier ‘hard landing’:  AP
Army Corps wants more study on Dakota Access oil pipeline:  AP
State touts apprenticeship program with tour by Lt. Governor:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Capitol Digest: Reynolds encourages Iowa women to get involved:  QCTIMES
Iowa lawmaker’s ‘suck it up, buttercup’ bill targets protests:  REGISTER
Obama to Democrats: Get back to work:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Grassley to give away tickets to Trump inauguration:  REGISTER
Harvest down to the final days in most of state:  RADIOIOWA
Alleged lottery scandal conspirator to enter new plea:  REGISTER
Davenport School District seeks more funds:  QCTIMES
Jim Leach appointed interim head of UI Museum of Art:  PRESSCITIZEN
Iowa turkeys selected for White House pardoning ceremony:  RADIOIOWA
Wells Fargo gives $50,000 to slain officers’ families:  REGISTER

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House Republican Majority Grows to 59 Seats

House Republican Majority Grows to 59 Seats

(DES MOINES) – Following last night’s election results, Republicans in the Iowa House increased an already strong majority to 59 members.

Last night, Republicans increased their majority in the Iowa House by:

  • Defending all 48 Republican incumbent seats
  • Defending all 9 open seats that are currently held by Republican retirees
  • Picking up one seat held by a Democrat incumbent
  • Picking up one open seat that is currently held by a Democrat retiree

House Republicans will welcome 11 freshmen members when the 2017 legislative session convenes in January.

Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement in response to last night’s gains:

“I’m looking forward to working with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds along with our new partners in the Iowa Senate to move Iowa forward.  It’s clear that Iowa voters trust Republicans to keep their promises and deliver results on the issues that Iowans care about.”

 

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News Briefing

Election 2016!  Election Day 2016: Time for the voters to have their say:  RADIOIOWA
Election 2016!  Red and blue optimism in Iowa day before election:  QCTIMES
‘My heart bleeds for you,’ police chief tells slain cop’s family at funeral:  REGISTER
Funeral brings slain Urbandale police officer to home town:  RADIOIOWA
Hundreds gather in Rockwell City for officer visitation:  REGISTER
Unionized state police officers seek pay increase:  GAZETTE
Davenport schools seek to spend more than state allows:  QCTIMES
Iowa City residents consider ballot measure to change petition requirements:  GAZETTE
ISU’s Leath: Bigots, racists, haters need not apply:  REGISTER
Medicaid insurer Amerigroup denies $26,000 bill:  GAZETTE
Election 2016!  Iowa elector says state’s in the 2016 mix because of Electoral College:  RADIOIOWA
Election 2016!  Santorum sees Trump charting new course for GOP:  GAZETTE
Election 2016!  Judge in race against Grassley: ‘We’ve given this everything we’ve got’:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Election 2016!  Woodbury County Board of Supervisors to gain at least 1 new member:  SCJOURNAL
Waterloo looks at infrastructure for safety cameras:  WCFCOURIER
Lewis Central school board looks at expanding Pottawattamie Promise scholarship program:  DAILYNONPAREIL

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News Briefing

Election 2016!  Iowa Poll: Trump opens 7-point lead over Clinton:  REGISTER
Election 2016!  Iowa Poll: Grassley maintains double-digit lead over Judge:  REGISTER
Election 2016!  No matter who wins the presidency, Iowans expect more gridlock:  REGISTER
Election 2016!  Iowa Republicans have ‘decent’ shot at winning both houses of Legislature:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Election 2016!  Democrats remain on defense in Iowa Senate battle:  REGISTER
Election 2016!  Iowa’s long, winding road to Election Day:  QCTIMES
Des Moines police officer’s funeral is today:  RADIOIOWA
After tumultuous start, Harreld quietly making inroads at University of Iowa:  GAZETTE
Iowa’s job numbers: What you need to know:  REGISTER
Iowa landowners on pipeline work: ‘They show no respect’:  REGISTER
Election 2016!  Trump makes final pitch to Iowa voters at Sioux City stop:  SCJOURNAL
Election 2016!  Bernie Sanders urges voters to rally behind Hillary Clinton:  GAZETTE
Election 2016!  Kaufmann makes case for GOP votes:  WCFCOURIER
Election 2016!  Harkin ‘somewhat baffled’ Trump doing well in Iowa:  SCJOURNAL
Election 2016!  Blum holds lead in 1st District race, Loras Poll shows:  WCFCOURIER
Election 2016!  Grassley and Judge debate genesis of Iowa’s wind energy industry:  RADIOIOWA
Election 2016!  Political experts see polarized post-election nation:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Election 2016!  Some with felony records can vote in Iowa:  QCTIMES
President commutes drug sentences of 6 more Iowans:  RADIOIOWA
North Iowa employment rules change for disabled:  AP
Another rate increase for Amerigroup?:  WCFCOURIER
Thousands tour new $360 million University of Iowa Children’s Hospital:  GAZETTE
AEA 267 takes steps to sell current offices, remodel Pipac Centre:  WCFCOURIER
Project Blue Light Iowa distributes thousands of bulbs for police:  REGISTER

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Majority Leader Chris Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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Election Day is Upon Us

On Tuesday, voters from all across the country will head to the polls to select the next President of the United States, their representatives in Congress, and several state and local positions. The cornerstone of democracy is informed citizens exercising their right to cast a ballot for who they believe should lead. In this week’s newsletter, I want to provide some information about the voting process that I hope will make it easier for you to exercise your voting rights. Continue reading below to find out what elected positions will be on your ballot, where to find your polling location, and how to register at the polls. Read more »

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