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Branstad Signs Executive Order 80 to Allow Stakeholders a Stake in the Rulemaking Process

Also signs Executive Order 79 to rescind 12 previous executive orders

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that the governor will be signing Executive Order 80, which will enact greater public participation in the administrative rules process.

The governor also signed Executive Order 79, which rescinded 12 previous executive orders.
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Purple Heart Day


Under Iowa law, each Aug. 7 is Purple Heart Day, honoring the men and women who have been wounded or killed in military service.
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Republican Social Conservatives to Speak at Iowa Event

Three former Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak at a gathering of social conservatives on Saturday in suburban Des Moines.

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Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012

Memorial Day is a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. On Memorial Day this year, don’t forget remember and pay respects for those who paid the price for protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy.

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Evangelical Group Announces Endorsements

The Family Leader group has endorsed candidates for the June 5 Republican primary.

The group endorsed the reelection bids of the following legislative incumbents:

Rep. Cecil Dolecheck of Mount Ayr: House District 24 (Challenger-Jane Jensen of Clarinda)
Rep. Joel Fry of Osceola: House District 27 (Challenger-James Demichelis Jr., of Chariton)
Rep. Kevin Koester of Ankeny: House District 38 (Challenger-Brett Nelson of Saylor Township)
Rep. Jarad Klein of Keota: House District 78 (Challenger-Priscilla Marlar of Wayland)
Rep. Tom Shaw of Laurens: House District 10 (Challenger-Maison Bleam of Rockwell City)

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Romney to Focus on Federal Deficit in Des Moines visit today

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End of Session


On Wednesday, the 2012 Legislative session came to an end. I am pleased with the progress we made and also disappointed that some issues went unresolved.

I will join Majority Leader Sen. Mike Gronstal on Iowa Press this week. You can tune in to IPTV at 7:30pm Friday or 12:00pm Sunday. You can also watch it online here http://www.iptv.org/iowapress/default.cfm

On the final day of session, each of the three leaders gives a speech to the House. Below is the text of my closing remarks.
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Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner) delivered closing remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today. The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House.
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Governor Branstad’s statement on close of the 2012 legislative session

Gov. Branstad today released the following statement following the close of the 2012 legislative session:

In January, the lieutenant governor and I brought forward a bold agenda focused on the dual goals of job creation and transformational education reform. I want to thank the General Assembly for considering our priorities and for adopting a significant number of them to help move our state forward. [See list below.]
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House Republicans Elect Two New Assistant Leaders

Today Reps. Jeff Smith (R-Okoboji) and Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls) were elected as House Assistant Majority Leaders.

As assistant leaders, Smith and Rogers will work with the leadership team to set the agenda for the House Republican caucus. Working directly with the Majority Leader and leadership team, the two will relay information to fellow representatives, while also serving as a point-person on key legislative issues

Both were first elected to the Iowa House in 2010.
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