Thursday, March 20, 2008


Loebsack Disappoints Again....

In what is becoming a far too familiar storyline since being elected, contrary to promises he and other Democrats made before taking office, Rep. David Loebsack today defended the secretive Congressional earmark spending process.
Loebsack also stated that "he had not decided" whether or not to publically disclose the earmarks that he is submitting for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1st.
Yet, he has previously stated that he "believes that the spending process should be more open and transparent and subject to scrutiny from the public"
Apparently, Rep. Loebsack forgets about a committment that he and the majority House Democratic leadership made when they took control in 2007...
The following is from Taxpayers for Common Sense's website..
"House leadership made new earmark disclosure rules a centerpiece of their “First 100 Hours” reform agenda, pledging to provide lists of earmarks and congressional requesters before bills went to the floor for votes. In addition, lawmakers were to submit request letters identifying beneficiaries and addresses or locations for the earmarks. These letters would be made available for public inspection. This resulted in close to 10,000 request letters being made public and earmark sponsor information available before the House voted on the bills. However, House leadership never promised to make the information available on the Internet, let alone in a user-friendly format. Inquiring minds seeking request letters were required to physically visit appropriations committee office in Washington, D.C."
So, Rep. Loebsack..what about it? Why havent you honored the committment that you and your fellow House Democrats made when you took control in 2007?
You can't have it both ways, Rep. Loebsack.... Once again, you and your fellow Democrats are going back on promises made that helped to bring your party to the majority in 2006..
You said that you were "Our Voice For Change"....once again..seems like you're more than willing to be just another out of touch "Inside the Beltway" politician....

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Remember the number 6

Remember the number "6" during this campaign season and spread the word: "Six" meaning the potential US Supreme Court Justices who may be replaced in the next Presidential term..... WE NEED TO GET THE VOTE OUT, AND GET EVERYONE ON BOARD!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Success and Enthusiasm Shared at 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

The Johnson County Republican Central Committee hosted its fifth annual spaghetti dinner at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, featuring an array of speakers.

An estimated crowd of about 150 people enthusiastically listened to a large number of political candidates for office and party officials, giving the who, what, where, when, and how of campaigns and party issues. According to many in attendance, the talent pool of candidates vying for state and federal office is the most they’ve seen in quite some time.

The highlight of the evening and taking the crowd through a range of emotions, from laughter, to tears, and back to laughter, Keynote Speaker Bob Vander Plaats gave a very memorable motivational speech. A former high school principal, coach, human services organization director, and business consultant from Sioux City, Iowa, Bob Vander Plaats was the GOP Lt. Governor candidate in the 2006 gubernatorial election.

Receiving a standing ovation from an invigorated crowd, Vander Plaats left the stage for a meet and greet session as the event came to a close.

The Johnson County Republican Central Committee will be hosting and participating in a number of events through the election season, keep an eye on this publication for announcements.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Rathje's Name Will Be on June Ballot

Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje filed papers with the Iowa Secretary of State's office last week to be an official candidate for the United States Senate.

"This is really just a formality," said Rathje. "I have been campaigning for two years now. I have crossed the state meeting voters and talking to them about how to move Iowa and America forward."

The support Steve has earned on the campaign trail is evidenced by the fact that he had four times more signatures on his nominating petitions than are required by law.

"When I am out talking to voters they are clearly very excited about my campaign and about what we can do together to make a difference," Steve said. "I am extremely pleased that so many of them were willing to sign on the dotted line and publically support me by adding their name to my petition."

Rathje's campaign is moving on full steam ahead in the coming days with a stop Friday in Dallas County, Saturday in Black Hawk, Polk, and Linn Counties , and a Monday night visit to Allamakee County.

To find out more about Steve Rathje please visit