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Scott County Democrats, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, just completed a brief 14-day effort cultivating a staggering 6,211 eligible Scott County Iowa voters’ signatures to petition for a special election for the position of county auditor. The auditor is the office in charge of overseeing all elections in Scott County, and the person whose integrity is responsible for preserving our most basic democratic principle, our right to vote.  The only other reported attempts to force a special election in Scott County resulted in collecting just over 3,500 signatures in more than a month's time.      more
Among many post-pandemic challenges facing communities across the nation, Scott County has two somewhat unique problems that require our immediate and focused attention. more
The story played like the opening bell of the campaign for 2022 gubernatorial election: State Auditor Rob Sand, potential Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, accused her of improperly using federal coronavirus aid dollars for “self-promotion.” more
Few things in life come with clear, concise and reliable instructions. more
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate’s consideration of a proposal to establish a separate commission to examine the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The senator voted No: more
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many elderly Americans isolated from their loved ones. As scofflaws often do, they have taken this vulnerability and turned it into an opportunity to line their own pockets.    more
We ended the 2021 legislative session a few weeks behind schedule, but I am proud of what we accomplished. more
Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver cast the work of the 2021 Iowa Legislature as “generational,” and maybe even “historic.” more
We need diverse books. Period. more
Last week, for the first time in well over 600 days, I had the privilege of doing what I love most: welcoming people back to Modern Woodmen Park. more
On Monday, May 17, Iowa House Republicans announced a tax cut compromise plan after extensive negotiations with the Iowa Senate and Governor's office. The bill delivers tax relief for hardworking Iowans while ensuring the state's fiscal health for the years to come. more
Letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, May 17, from U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and others. more
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