Paul Pate Smears Voting Rights Case As Only About Rapists and Child Molesters

It was to be expected that most Republicans and conservatives would be opposed to the Iowa Supreme Court restoring many felons’ voting rights. As Secretary of State, Republican Paul Pate finds himself defending the current law. And on Saturday at the Republicans’ district conventions around the state, he made incendiary, flame-throwing speeches over why he’s opposed to the voting rights expansion. Since being elected to the Secretary of State office in 2014, Pate has kept a relatively moderate and low-key profile in the job. Gone were Matt Schultz’s taxpayer-funded crusade against voter fraud. Pate instead focused on an online voter registration […]

Sunday Grab Bag: Pate Gets It, House GOP Don’t, Sanders Unlikely

Good morning readers! As always, a lot happened in the political world this week. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa and national political topics: Paul Pate Brings Matt Schultz’s Crusade to an End Give credit where credit’s due. The Secretary of State’s office dropped its appeal of Matt Schultz’s legal battle over its attempt to purge the voter file with lists of supposed noncitizen voters. The ACLU had fought Schultz’s effort hard, arguing that it could knock off many legal voters, mostly from minority communities. Paul Pate, the Republican elected in 2014 to […]