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When news broke that Spiker, Carroll and Bierfeldt drained RPI’s cash

The Iowa Republican Party’s finances took a nose-dive during the last quarter, nearly reaching red ink.

The Iowa GOP was already significantly trailing Iowa Democrats in fundraising when Danny Carroll was elected chairman of the party in late March. By the end of June, the party had just $11,219 left in the bank.

On June 28, the newly elected members of the State Central Committee voted Carroll out and chose Jeff Kaufmann as the Iowa GOP’s new chairman. Carroll told Radio Iowa today that he doesn’t want to make excuses, but he said the “continuing air of uncertainty” created by the battle for party leadership “made it impossible” for him to find someone willing to be the party’s fundraising chairman.

The party under Carroll’s leadership collected $11,500 dollars in donations from individuals in June and was able to end the month in the black due to a $17,500 check from the Republican National Committee. Carroll said he was “preoccupied” in May and June with organizing the party’s state convention as well as the special nominating convention for over 500 delegates who selected the Republican candidate for Iowa’s third district congressional seat.

Carroll agreed to give the party’s only paid staff member — former executive director Steve Bierfeldt — an exit package that included severance pay so Bierfeldt would not file for unemployment benefits. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission indicate Bierfeldt was paid up to $38,000 in his final month with the party.

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When word got out that Uber may come to Des Moines

Uber is eyeing Des Moines, raising the possibility that you’ll be able to use the smartphone app to hail a car here.

Buzz noted last week that native Iowan Jennifer Mullin, who served as communications director forSen.Tom Harkin and former Gov.Tom Vilsack, now handles communications for the Midwest and Canada for Uber Technologies. We asked: Could the controversial service be coming here, boosting Des Moines’ cool quotient?

Uber and similar services like Lyft allow people to use their personal cars to chauffeur paying passengers. Customers use the Uber app to connect with drivers and find a ride.

It turns out that Uber is seeking Des Moines drivers on its website. To be eligible, a potential driver must be at least 21 years old, with a personal license and auto insurance. Your car can be “any midsize or full-size 4-door vehicle, in excellent condition.”

"We often test ads to measure the viability of Uber in different markets," Mullin said. There’s no timeline for bringing Uber to Des Moines, she added.

Uber’s website says the service is available in 41 countries, plus in such Midwestern cities as Omaha, Kansas City and Madison.

Des Moines would be a good candidate, she said, because it’s a car-dependent city with “an active, engaged group of young people embracing technology.”

Wherever it goes, Uber has prompted protests by cab companies, as well as legal challenges and questions over such sticky issues as insurance and access for the disabled. Last week, Minneapolis eased its regulations to allow the company and others to operate legally.

Local campaigns like that can smooth the way for Uber, Mullin noted. In Tulsa, the company began service in March, after a young professionals group invited Uber to come.

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When Jack Hatch only had $183,000 cash on hand

Here is what some other candidates have on hand. Again, Jack Hatch has $183,000 cash on hand.

Brad Anderson: $214,276

Bill Dix: $189, 207

Adam Gregg: $174,987

Tom Miller: $245,219

Bill Northey: $277,291

Kraig Paulsen: $532,667

Mark Smith: $164,285

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When Rick Perry was in Iowa and said he’ll secure the border if the feds don’t

Texas Governor Rick Perry says he’s considering the “option” of sending Texas National Guard troops to secure his state’s southern border. Perry made his comments today during a lunch in the Clear Lake, Iowa VFW with 17 veterans and members of local law enforcement agencies.

“I think we’ve sent the message that if we don’t get the satisfaction that the federal government’s going to move and move quickly, then the State of Texas will, in fact, fill that void and address this issue,” Perry said.

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When the Marist Poll showed Braley and Ernst all tied up

Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley have equal support among registered voters in Iowa - 43 percent to 43 percent, an NBC News/Marist poll released this morning shows.

The poll tested Iowans who are registered to vote, and included those who aren’t necessarily committed to showing up at the polls in November. About a third say they are unsure about their opinion of the two candidates or have never heard of Ernst or Braley, who are competing for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Harkin will leave open upon his retirement this winter.


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When Bruce Braley threatened legal action over (wait for it…) hens

Rep. Braley, D-Waterloo, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, has ruffled feathers by launching a contentious legal battle involving a neighbor and her four therapeutic hens. After comparing his Republican opponent, state Sen. Joni Ernst, to a chick in his first attack ad, Braley looks like C Grade poultry after this fracas. His ad, “Peep,” featured a clip of a baby chick along with audio of a chick peeping (severalmediaoutlets noted the sexist nature of the ad, especially in a state that has never sent a woman to Congress).

Braley’s legal problem started this spring when a chicken crossed his property line. Braley’s wife Carolyn attended a May 8 meeting of the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association to complain about the fowl. The dispute escalated, causing the association to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley called the association’s attorney with an implied threat of legal action.

“It’s stupid that it went this far. Any reasonable person would have talked to their neighbor in a reasonable fashion instead,” said Bill Nagle, an association board member. “For being brought up on a farm, he sure has lost his rural, farm values.”

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