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Secretary Pate Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Decision

Below is Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s statement regarding the verdict in the Iowa Supreme Court case, Griffin vs. Pate:

“I applaud the Iowa Supreme Court in their analysis that felonies are infamous crimes, and therefore, felons lose their voting privileges as outlined in the Iowa Constitution. This ruling goes in line with 150 years of precedence and has been reaffirmed by the people of Iowa and their elected representatives on multiple occasions.

“I took an oath to uphold the Iowa Constitution and the laws of our state. That is what I will continue to do and that is what the Iowa Supreme Court did in this case. I agree with Chief Justice Cady, who wrote that the term “infamous crime” was generally recognized to include felonies at the time our Constitution was adopted, and that meaning has not sufficiently changed or evolved to give rise to a different meaning today. My office will continue to work to preserve the integrity and fairness of Iowa elections and strive to help and encourage every eligible Iowan to participate in the electoral process.” – Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has no intention of becoming Donald Trump's running mate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has no intention of becoming Donald Trump's running mate.

When asked at his weekly news conference whether he'd consider joining a Trump ticket he declined to answer with an emphatic no, but said he didn't want to get into that type of speculation. He says he's honored to serve the people of Iowa and "not intending to be a candidate for national office."


Auditor gives Iowa B-plus on state budget

State Auditor Mary Mosiman is giving the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad high marks in developing an $8.5 billion state budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The budget represents a spending increase of about 2 percent in state appropriations compared to the current fiscal year. It will be matched by about $7 billion in federal money.

"The budget is stable and responsible," Mosiman, a Republican and a certified public accountant, told reporters Monday at a news conference at her Iowa Capitol office. She joked that she has two daughters who are teachers so she is reluctant to give state officials an A on their budget work, but she felt a B-plus was fair.


Thirsty corn: New report says 44 percent of Iowa abnormally dry or worse | The Gazette

What farmers think of this year’s growing season depends upon the amount of rain that has fallen on their fields.

In northeast and east-central Iowa, where rain has fallen when needed if not sooner, crops have taken advantage of an exceptionally warm June to stretch their leaves to the sky.

In southeast Iowa, where some farmers have not had measurable rain for three weeks, the corn leaves are rolling up to conserve moisture each morning.


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Secretary of State’s “Caucus 101” Website Earns International Award

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of  State Paul Pate is pleased to announce his “Caucus 101” website earned a Silver award at the 14th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition. The award was in the Website Redesign & Development category for Government Agencies. Webspec Design, an Urbandale web and software development company based in Urbandale, Iowa submitted the<> website for the award.

“I am very pleased our efforts with Caucus 101 were recognized,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “We put a lot of hard work into delivering a curriculum for Iowa students to engage them in the civics process. Congratulations to Webspec Design. They did a terrific job designing the website and are very deserving of this award.”

“We’re honored to have our clients’ websites chosen among those that are the best in the world,” said Webspec Design owner and founder Jeremiah Terhark. “The team enjoys working with our clients to help them develop a website that serves their goals, and it’s amazing to have those projects noted on an international scale.”
Written by Iowa teachers for Iowa classrooms, “Caucus 101” is a unique curriculum aimed at involving students, parents and the community in civic engagement while educating them about Iowa’s unique role in the political process. This non-partisan, seven-step course has the approval of the Iowa Democratic Party, the Republican Party of Iowa and social studies teachers across the state.

The 14th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the world in the field of interactive and creative media. This year’s competition saw over 1,100 entries from 21 different countries. Entries were reviewed by an international panel of judges made up of industry professionals.

Kaufmann Statement on May Jobs Report

Des Moines- Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement on the May jobs report:
“Today’s dismal jobs report is more proof that President Obama is tone deaf when it comes to the economy. These numbers paint a picture of the harsh reality that over 500,000 people have given up looking for work, economic growth has come to a grinding halt, and wages remain stagnant. Iowans and middle class families can’t afford four more years of failed policies or another tone deaf president: Hillary Clinton.”

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