To date, the focus of the upcoming election has been almost exclusively on the presidential campaign, but it's important to remember that Iowa's primary is only one month away, on Tuesday, June 7. Iowa voters will go to the polls to select their choice for several national and state candidates. Early voting for the primary is already underway. Find your candidates and register to vote at on ABI's
Join the ABI policy team in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids
ABI staff will host a regional meeting and public policy update in Waterloo on May 17. Thank you to ABI board member Steve Dust of Greater Cedar Valley Alliance for hosting ABI at the TechWorks facility. ABI members and their guests will have an opportunity to tour the facility after the meeting.
ABI will host additional regional meetings on May 19 at the ABI office in Des Moines and on May 23 in Cedar Rapids at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. All of these meetings are free to members and breakfast or lunch is included.
Environmental policy update
ABI has been working on two water issues with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. One issue involves an unfavorable court ruling that puts the State's current antidegradation policy and process into question. ABI along with the Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities has submitted to the DNR a petition for rulemaking to clarify the rule. Keep reading...
Conference recognition deadline for IIPAC is June 1
Investors in ABI's political action committee, IIPAC will receive recognition at the ABI Annual Conference in Sioux City June 14-16. If you would like to be recognized but have not yet contributed to IIPAC, please do so by June 1.
to contribute online today. If you would prefer not to be recognized, please contact Michelle Vollstedt.
Federal Spotlight: Iowa's competitive primary races
Iowa has several candidates vying to represent their party in the General Election on Nov. 8. The following districts have competitive primaries:
The Republican nominee is six-term incumbent Sen. Charles Grassley. Democrat candidates include former legislator, state agriculture secretary and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge of Albia, current state Sen. Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, former state Senator and U.S. Senate primary candidate Tom Fiegen of Clarence, and former state Rep. Bob Krause of Fairfield. Although national Democrat organizations are aligning with Judge, Hogg is receiving local support from elected officials, labor organizations and environmental groups.