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Caffeinated Thoughts: Blum Releases Two Ads in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District Race

“Congressman Rod Blum (R-Iowa) two ads in his bid for a third term representing Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. The latest ad released on Tuesday highlights one of his constituents, Jake Hesselman, who requested Blum’s assistance earlier this year. Hesselman’s friends organized a private fundraiser to purchase a modified van so he could not only be…

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The Courier: Debates scheduled between Finkenauer and Blum

“CEDAR FALLS — U.S. Rep. Rod Blum and state Rep. Abby Finkenauer will meet for two debates in October. The two are running for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, which Blum has held since he was elected in 2014. The first debate will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the University of Northern…

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The Gazette: Blum, Finkenauer agree to two debates

“CEDAR RAPIDS– Candidates in Iowa’s U.S. House 1st District have agreed to two debates in October. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum and the Democratic challenger, state Rep. Abby Finkenauer, will meet in two televised debates. The first will be hosted Oct. 5 by KWWL-TV at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar…

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Des Moines Register: When should politicians say ‘enough’ to violent threats?

“Last week we celebrated National Civility Day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you something that brought the current political divide into a more profound perspective for me. In June 2017, at the Republican team practice for the Congressional Baseball Game (a bipartisan game to raise money for charity), a gunman…

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Telegraph Herald: Blum: Welcome, Mr. President

“On behalf of the good people of Iowa’s 1st District, welcome to President Trump. When I campaigned with President Trump in 2016, we promised to drain the swamp in Washington, reignite the then-stagnant economy and fight to improve the lives of hard-working, law-abiding citizens throughout our country. Working with this administration has delivered reduced taxes,…

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The Gazette: Blum, Finkenauer agree to debate, but not when, how many

“In what has become a regular feature of Iowa 1st District campaigns, the candidates are debating — debating whether they’ll debate and, if so, how often. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has proposed 12 debates across the 20-county district and suggested he and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Abby Finkenauer, start with two later this month….

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The Gazette: Federal aid finally comes through for Cedar Rapids flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS — “[…] Some had questioned whether federal aid would ever come through, although in the past several months local officials and Iowa’s federal delegation became increasingly optimistic. The Army Corps signed off on the design of a project protecting the east side of the river in 2011, saying the west side didn’t meet its…

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The Gazette: Rod Blum pushes back on ad criticizing his health care vote

CEDAR RAPIDS — A coalition labor union and liberal interest groups are targeting U.S. Rep. Rod Blum for his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. […] However, a spokeswoman for Blum, a Dubuque Republican who is seeking re-election to a third term, said he voted for the American Health Care Act that prohibited insurance…

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Caffeinated Thoughts: Liveblog: 2018 Iowa GOP State Convention

DES MOINES– “[…] 12:58p – Blum says Abby Finkenauer (his opponent) is extreme on abortion. 12:57p – Blum: “Yes there was Russian collusion, collusion with Hillary and Uranium One. 12:56p – Blum points out that unemployment is at record low, etc. 12:54p – Blum points out that polling shows President Trump is more popular than…

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