‘First four’ priorities for action in GOP-led Iowa Senate

Priorities for GOP-led Iowa Senate include balanced budget and right to bear arms amendments to state constitution, defunding Planned Parenthood, and tort reform.



Secretary of State proposal would require voter IDs in name of election integrity

“Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate proposed legislation yesterday that he said would work to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections by requiring things like voter ID at polling places and creating an electronic poll book for every Iowa precinct, with voters scanning state-issued IDs or voter registration cards when checking in to polling places. But for some, the move didn’t jibe with Iowa’s already impressive track record for election integrity.”


Rich Leopold entering race for Iowa Governor

Defining himself as a “fiscally conservative Democrat” and an “outsider,” Rich Leopold announced his plan to run for Iowa governor in the 2018 election.


NRA-ILA | Grandma Got Run Over by Obama: SSA Finalizes New Gun Prohibition Rule

Obama Administration and Social Security Administration Finalizes New Gun Prohibition Rule

Source: NRA-ILA | Grandma Got Run Over by Obama: SSA Finalizes New Gun Prohibition Rule

New Year, New Web Address

Happy New Year everyone! It promises to be an interesting year, what with Trump soon to be in the Whitehouse and the new challenges and opportunities that raises. Here in Iowa the Republicans will now have a trifecta of power in state government. Gun owners in the state salivate while some civil libertarians brace for impact. Thanks to Gary Johnson’s performance in the state, the Libertarian Party will now be a fully recognized political party in Iowa. So much promise and challenge in 2017!

Here at Cold Hard Cashner I have a new web address: https://coldhardcashner.blog  Please update your web browsers accordingly.

No matter what happens in the 2017, I wish all of you and your families safety and prosperity.

The Parties’ Platforms on Guns

Here is what the three noteworthy political parties say about Second Amendment issues in their platforms.

Libertarian Party

1.9 Self-Defense
“The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights—life, liberty, and justly acquired property—against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.”

Republican Party of Iowa

“4. We strongly believe in the constitutionally protected natural right of individuals to keep and bear arms, as recognized and protected by the Second Amendment, and we support the repeal of existing laws that infringe upon those rights. We support the addition of “stand your ground” and “castle doctrine” provisions to Iowa law.”

Democratic Party of Iowa

Gun Safety

 We support:
 248. President Obama’s executive orders on gun control
 249. universal background checks
 250. requiring registration, licensing, education/testing & liability insurance
 251. banning assault weapons
 252. gun-free zones
 253. closing “gun show loopholes”
 254. right to prohibit firearms on one’s property
 255. temporary confiscation of firearms from individuals under DANCOs
 256. guardians’ accountability for minors’ inappropriate gun access
 257. nationwide database of gun ownership
 258. hand gun regulation

 We oppose:
 259. “Stand your ground”
 260. open carry