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2012 GOP Primaries & Caucuses


Races leading up to the GOP nomination

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Live Debate!

Click here to watch live debate of today’s bills in the House

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USS Indianapolis- House Resolution

A Japanese submarine torpedoed the Indianapolis on July 30, 1945. Of the 1,196 crewmen on board, about 300 went down with the ship. Another 520 died as they floated among the wreckage, many of them attacked by sharks. Only 317 of the original crew survived, including 3 Iowans.

On Monday, about seventy-five people from across the state traveled to the Iowa House of Representatives to hear the reading of House Resolution 108 to honor Iowans who were aboard the ship. The group included children, grandchildren, widows and close friends.

(Photo, Representative Kaufmann and Widow of USS Indianapolis sailor)

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Iowa House to Honor Iowans in USS Indianapolis Tragedy- Monday, March 5th

Gov. Brandstad and the Iowa House will meet with children, siblings and friends of Iowa sailors on the Indianapolis at the Capitol on Monday at 11:30 following a formal resolution (HR 108) honoring those who died at 1 p.m. in the House chamber.

Thirty-two Iowans died and two survived the WWII tragedy, in which the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine, leaving some 900 sailors stranded in shark-infested waters without lifeboats, food or water. They were not discovered for four days, by which time only 316 were still alive.

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Legislative Forums March 3rd, 2012

Meet with your House District Representative this week to discuss issues happening in the State House. Click on the link below to see a list of legislative forums in your district this Saturday.

Forums March 3rd

More to be added throughout the rest of this week.

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Iowa Soldiers to White House on Wednesday, February 29th

Two Iowa soldiers are among 78 military service members invited to attend a White House dinner hosted by The President to express gratitude to men and women who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Beth Behn, who graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1990 and later the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Wandling, a 2000 graduate of Decorah High School, who serves with the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and received the Distinguished Flying Cross last year.

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Legislative Forums This Weekend-


Meet with your House District Representative this week to discuss issues happening in the State House. Click on the link below to see a list of legislative forums in your district this Friday and Saturday.

Legislative Forum

More to be added throughout the rest of this week.

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Representative Chambers and Alons Host Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program

Denise Nelsen and Barb Gerling of Rock Valley Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs visited the State Capitol Tuesday and met with Reps. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) and Royd Chambers (R-Sheldon).

Pictured from left to right are Rep. Chambers, Denise, Barb, and Rep. Alons.

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Happy Presidents Day!


Presidents’ Day is to honor all the American presidents, but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Click on the links below for some interesting facts about Presidents Day

Former State Legislators in the White House

The Presidents

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Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln

February 12, 1809- April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln our 16th President was the first Republican President from 1861–1865.

He successfully led our country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Growing up in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives. Lincoln is considered by many to be the greatest American President.

He was elected on a strongly anti-slavery platform. With his election, the Southern States seceded from the Union. Lincoln fought the Civil War to retain the integrity of the Union.

To read more about the history of Abe Lincoln, please click on the following link: Lincoln

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