State of Iowa Archives: on Government Reform


Joni Ernst: Against bill requiring more disclosure of political funders

Q: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Joni Ernst: Unclear. Voted against Democratic bill requiring increased disclosure of political funders.

Theresa Greenfield: Yes. Get rid of "secret, unlimited cash flooding our elections through dark money groups."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Joni Ernst: Go back to drawing board to keep Post Office going

Q: What do you do about the Post Office?

Ernst: Well, they have to pre-fund their pensions --

Q: So they shouldn't have to do that?

Ernst: This is something that we should look at. So that is really contributing to a lot of their struggles right now. So I do think we have to go back to the drawing board, we do have to have a plan out there. Absolutely we need to make sure that our Post Office stays in existence. They are so important to the folks like me that live in the rural areas.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Don't support packing the Supreme Court

Q: How many justices should there be on the Supreme Court?

Greenfield: The rhetoric that comes out of Washington, it's so divisive and as I travel this state Iowans want it to end. I've been clear all along that I don't support packing the courts if that's what you call it.

Q: You want 9 justices on the court, you want it to stay 9?

Greenfield: Absolutely. That is our institution and our tradition and I don't support packing the courts.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Get dark money out of politics; no corporate PAC money

Greenfield: Iowans want those attack ads, those awful attack ads to end and how we do it is by getting rid of dark money in our politics and ending the political corruption. Senator Ernst has taken $2 million in corporate PAC donations. Folks, there's too much money in our politics. I put a plan together, she doesn't have one. I drew a line in the sand and said, I won't accept one dime of corporate PAC donations.
Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Don't privatize Post Office but examine their finances

Q: What do we do about the Post Office? Privatize it?

Greenfield: Right now, absolutely not. Right now we are in a crisis and we need to make sure that they can operate and continue to provide those medications, continue to get us through this election in the fall, and then we need to take a look at their financial structure so that they can be solvent.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Ban corporate PAC money, overturn Citizens United

She will fight for reform that makes our government and elections more transparent. That starts with supporting legislation that will root out corruption and make sure our representatives are actually working for us, not the corporate special interests--like banning corporate PAC money, passing lobbying reforms, overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, and getting rid of the secret, unlimited cash flooding our elections through dark money groups.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website GreenfieldForIowa.com Jun 2, 2020

Michael Franken: Post office must be fully funded & protected from politics

The post office must also be fully funded and protected from political attacks. It is a vital resource for rural and poorer communities.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website FrankenForIowa.org May 27, 2020

Eddie Mauro: Campaign finance reform to rein in Big Pharma

Mauro said his first action, if elected, would be to ready the country for the next waves of COVID-19. "That includes bold action on climate," he said. "That includes campaign finance reform to reign in the pharmaceutical industry that's spending more time looking for profits rather than working together. And we need universal health care coverage."
Source: Telegraph-Herald on 2020 Iowa Senate debate May 9, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Vital that Iowans can vote without fear of falling ill

Greenfield's campaign launched a webpage to serve as a resource for Iowans to vote by mail ahead of Iowa's June primary election. "During tough times like these, it's especially important that Iowans are able to make their voices heard. It is vital that every Iowan be able to cast a ballot safely and without fear of falling ill," said Greenfield. Greenfield has called for making it easier for Iowans to vote by mail by proactively mailing registered voters an absentee ballot.
Source: Senate press release on GreenfieldForIowa.com for 2020 Apr 27, 2020

Eddie Mauro: Protect the right to vote for everyone

As we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment we must remember despite playing crucial roles in securing women the right to vote, women of color were disenfranchised for decades - even now barriers remain for some to make their voices heard at the ballot box. I will push for federal policy that guarantees access to the ballot box, ends policies that disenfranchise women and men of color, and expand enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act.

I promise to immediately push legislation that requires election day be a federal holiday, establishes universal standards for voting access and provide immediate funding for implementation, and create a commission responsible for studying and recommending policies that improve voter turnout. This is in addition to efforts to ban the acceptance of foreign funding by organizations engaged in politics, overturning Citizens United and getting leadership PACs out of our elections.

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website EddieMauro.com Feb 10, 2020

Eddie Mauro: Overturn Citizens United; stop leadership PACs

I will support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United which has resulted in a flood of almost unlimited money from multi-millionaires who influence our elections in near secrecy. End the use of "Leadership PACs" by elected officials. These PACs are largely designed to allow elected officials to raise money in excess of current campaign contribution maximums. In turn, this money is funneled to the campaigns of other candidates.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website EddieMauro.com Feb 10, 2020

Kimberly Graham: Undo Citizens United; end Electoral College

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website, KimberlyForIowa.com Jan 12, 2020

Kimberly Graham: End voter ID laws & voter suppression

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website, KimberlyForIowa.com Jan 12, 2020

Fred Hubbell: Supports term limits for Iowa governor

Q: Do you think Iowa should have term limits for governors?

Hubbell: Yes

Reynolds: No

Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?

Reynolds: Life.

Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.

Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?

Reynolds: I do it all the time.

Hubbell: Yes

Source: Des Moines Register on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial debate Oct 10, 2018

Kim Reynolds: Opposes term limits for Iowa governor

Q: Do you think Iowa should have term limits for governors?

Hubbell: Yes

Reynolds: No

Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?

Reynolds: Life.

Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.

Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?

Reynolds: I do it all the time.

Hubbell: Yes

Source: Des Moines Register on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial debate Oct 10, 2018

Jake Porter: Make voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Strongly supportÿ

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Marco Battaglia: Make election days national holidays

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: I think that voter registration should be as easy as possible, that primaries and caucuses should be open to independents, and that we should make election days national holidays.ÿ

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Cathy Glasson: Roll back voter ID law, start making voting easier for all

We can only change Iowa if we listen to the voices of more Iowans. Every Iowan has the right to exercise their civil liberties. Our movement is committed to reducing the barriers to voting so no eligible Iowan is ignored. First, we need to roll back Iowa's disastrous new voter ID law. This right-wing law discriminates against the poor, the elderly, people with disabilities, people of color and college students. Instead of making it harder to vote, we need to expand early voting.
Source: 2018 Iowa gubernatorial candidate website CathyGlasson.com May 2, 2018

Andy McGuire: Repeal the voter ID law; lengthen the absentee voting

This past legislative session, Republicans made it even more difficult for Iowa's elderly population to have a voice and create change. The legislature passed a strict Voter ID law that requires identification to vote. The ACLU estimates that the new law could impact 11 percent of Iowa voters, 260,000 people. Iowa's elderly population are among the groups most affected by this unnecessary law. For many senior citizens, their drivers' licenses have long expired, and many aren't physically able to obtain new identification. We should be making it easier for seniors and everyone to vote. As governor, I will work to repeal the voter ID law and work to lengthen the absentee voting by mail window.
Source: 2018 Iowa Governor campaign website McGuireForGovernor.com Mar 21, 2018

Kim Reynolds: Protect the ballot box with new voter ID laws

Let me take a moment to highlight what we have accomplished together:
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature Jan 9, 2018

Terry Branstad: Require identification to vote

Legislative Summary: HF516 requires county commissioners to cancel the voter registration if jury service-related documentation indicates that the voter is not a U.S. citizen.