2018 Stars and Stripes Parade in Guttenberg

Grilled Pork Loin Picnic

Clayton County Republican Candidates Walk in 2018 Monona Hay Days Parade

Local Candidate Meet and Greet

Clayton County Republicans invite you to meet local candidates on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Central State Bank Drive Up Facility, 200 North Main Street, Elkader.

Clayton County Republican Supervisor Candidates:

  • Sharon Keehner
  • Eldon Troester
  • Charles Carroll
  • Douglas Puffet
  • Jim Smith

2018 Clayton County Republican Convention

Just a reminder the Clayton County Republican Convention will be held this SaturdayMarch 10, 2018 starting at 10:00am. The convention will be held at the Farmersburg Community Center, 109 South Main Street, Farmersburg.

Convention Date Set for March 10th

Clayton County Republicans have set March 10th as the date for the Clayton County Convention. The convention will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at the Farmersburg Community Center in Farmersburg, Iowa.

Republican Caucuses on Monday, February 5th

Please don’t forget to attend the Republican Caucuses this Monday,  February 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm. The caucuses are extremely important as we set the stage for our mid term elections and our next two years of
Central Committee planning. We will also have our Clayton County Republican Convention on March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am and the location will be the Farmersburg Community Center. More details will be given
after the Caucus. The Caucus will set the stage for the Convention and we invite you to be part of the decision making process by attending the Caucus in your area and letting your voice be heard.

Life in the Legislature

Representative Kristi Hager House District 56

We are wrapping up our session with Budget Appropriations and the final flurry of bills making it through in this our final week in Des Moines. In future newsletters I will report more of what bills were signed by the Governor into law and a brief overview of what they offer to Iowans.
I had the opportunity this week to travel to Des Moines for a committee meeting — I am assigned to the Sex Offender Research Council — a speaking engagement at Reclaim Iowa Rally, and to attend the Opioids Conference at Drake University supported by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Iowa Department of Public Health, IDPH, Coalition for Public Safety, and Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
In between these meetings I set up time to meet with the bill drafters and staffers on possible legislation and to see how they are coming with submitted legislation. I was also able to connect with a gentleman who is working against human trafficking in the Des Moines area rescuing men and women caught in this cycle and/or struggling with addictions and providing a safe home for them. I recall being first introduced to the closeness of this issue when Bob served at the State House. A rally was held at the Rotunda including testimonies from girls rescued out of Human Trafficking. Thursday afternoon I was able to accompany “John” and two others (one who was one of the rescues) to meet with a young 29 year old. I left as they were taking her to a safe home and gearing up for a drive to pick up another female who was fearing her life after being threatened if she left! This is a real problem not only in Des Moines but closer to our home towns as well. I will be co-sponsoring legislation this upcoming session regarding this issue.
At the Opioids Conference we had the opportunity to hear from two expert panels. One on the topic of “Health Care Provider Strategies to Reduce Opioid Misuse” and the second on “Iowa’s Evolving Response to the Opioid Epidemic”. Attorney General Tom Mill and Governor Kim Reynolds were also featured guest and we were able to hear a testimonial from Caleb on his path “From Pain to Addiction and into Recovery”. Some of this things shared dealt with the transformation of pain management about 20 years ago with the impetus for a patient to be pain free. Many of you are familiar with the Pain Scale of 0-10. This focus on zero pain and what would be effect pain management plan to obtain no pain. This shift helped push opioid sales from $45 million in 1996 to a $1.5 billion dollar industry by 2002. Prior the focus was on how the patient defined what pain is; how was chronic pain impacting their activities of daily living, were prescriptions effective in controlling pain responses to the point of functionality. The IDPH reported “use of opioids (which include heroin and prescription pain relievers) is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in more rural areas of the country….Data collected by the Bureau of Substance Abuse show that treatment admissions related to opioid use have more than tripled since 2005 (from 608 to 2,274 in 2016). During that same time overdose rose from 28 to 86 and deaths from 59 to 180. According to the CDC, in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescription for opioids–enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. In a study by the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States accounts for nearly 100% of the Hydrocodone used globally and 81% of Oxycodone used.
In 2016, former Governor Branstad signed SF2218 and HF2460 into law, which increased availability of Naloxone (a reversing agent) for persons in a position to assist. There is also a “standing order” allowing a person in a position to assist in the event of an opioid overdose, to go into any participating pharmacy and purchase Naloxone without first having to see a physician.
I know President Trump is looking at the need to address this Opioid epidemic as well. This was a worthwhile conference.
Enjoy what remains of October and as always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns…Kristi Kristi.hager@legis.iowa.gov or call 563-568-1084

Rep. Blum to Host 3rd Annual Women in Business Forum

Washington, November 3, 2017 |
Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced his 3rd annual “Women in Business Forum and Showcase” in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, December 19th, at the Cedar Rapids Library from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. In addition to Congressman Blum, this event will feature a keynote presenter, followed by a panel discussion led by area women business leaders. The keynote speaker and panelists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

The event will focus on finding solutions and raising awareness about unique issues facing women in business, particularly in the State of Iowa. In an adjacent space, local women-led businesses and organizations will showcase their products and services to attendees.

“As a career small businessman myself, I know firsthand the obstacles that entrepreneurs face,” said Congressman Blum. “This forum is a great opportunity to engage in a discussion about the unique challenges that women experience in the business world, and a chance to highlight the vital role women-led businesses play in our local, state, and national economy.”

Please RSVP to attend the forum & showcase at:http://tinyurl.com/BusinessAttendee2017

Businesses & organizations can reserve a table in the showcase at:http://tinyurl.com/BusinessShowcase2017

For more information about the Women in Business Forum & Showcase, please contact Alexah Rogge atAlexah.Rogge@mail.house.gov or 563-581-8105.

INTERNSHIPS

Washington, DC

In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

In Washington, DC, interns’ responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

District

In the District office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.

To apply, click the “Services” tab on Rep. Blum’s website: blum.house.gov or go to https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships

 

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