Des Moines Register | 9/30/16
Full video: Kim Weaver meets with the Register's editorial board
Des Moines Register | William Petroski | 9/30/16
Weaver: Hemp could help Iowa farmers, water quality
Introducing industrial hemp as a cash crop for Iowa farmers would spur agricultural income and help address the state's water quality problems, says Kim Weaver of Sheldon, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Iowa's 4th District.
Weaver is a political newcomer who is a long-term care ombudsman for the Iowa Department of Aging, She proposes that Iowa legalize industrial hemp production to help reduce nitrates and improve water quality and that the deep-rooted plant be seeded in areas prone to have wet soils. She envisions that widespread planting of industrial hemp - which was grown in Iowa to manufacture rope in World War II - would result in less corn production and higher prices for grain.
Industrial hemp can be used for livestock feed and to produce biofuels, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint and insulation.
"Federally, it is legal. It is a state issue," to permit the planting of industrial hemp, Weaver said at a meeting Friday with The Des Moines Register's editors and reporters. "It is an innovative idea and it would bring more people to the state" and would provide an alternative crop for Iowa farmers, she suggested. She noted that industrial hemp, which is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, is not to be confused with recreational marijuana.
The Gazette | Erin Murphy | 9/30/16
Weaver thinks King has given her an assist
JOHNSTON — Kim Weaver is not as well-known or well-funded as previous Democrats who have tried to replace Steve King in Congress.
But Weaver said Friday she thinks King’s own words make him more vulnerable in this election.
Weaver, the Democratic challenger hoping to prevent King from earning an eighth term serving northwest Iowa in the U.S. House, talked about the race Friday during taping of this weekend’s episode of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television.
King declined an invitation to appear with Weaver on “Iowa Press,” host Dean Borg said.
In 2012, Weaver worked on the unsuccessful congressional campaign for Christie Vilsack, the former Iowa first lady. Because of her name recognition and fundraising, Vilsack was seen as one of Democrats’ best hope to unseat King in Iowa’s heavily Republican 4th District.
Weaver, who has worked for the state in the Department of Human Services and as a long-term care ombudsman, is not as well known as Vilsack.
But Weaver thinks King’s propensity for making comments — either in public or on social media — that many perceive to be inflammatory will be his undoing.
“I have to say that he has actually given me a bit of a boost,” Weaver said on “Iowa Press.” “The escalation of his racist rhetoric has also started to, people go, ‘Whoa.’ If you watch his Twitter feed, he is actually starting to put out more blatantly racist language. … Unlike a lot of people, I’ve been paying attention, and there’s a pattern to when he puts those things out, and he has increased the number of offensive tweets that he has been doing.”
When asked for a response to Weaver’s assertions and why King declined Iowa Public Television’s invitation, a spokeswoman for the campaign said King was unavailable for comment.
Radio Iowa | O. Kay Henderson | 9/30/16
Weaver ‘not o.k.’ with voluntary approach to dealing with nitrate problems
Kim Weaver, the Democrat running for Iowa’s fourth district congressional seat, says it’s time to set limits on the amount of nitrogen farmers may apply to their fields.
“If you look at a heat map of where the nitrates come down, the majority of the nitrates that contribute to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a lot of it comes from Iowa,” Weaver says. “And I believe that by educating farmers and even people who put fertilizers on their yards, I mean, all of that adds up.”
Weaver says if the state doesn’t act to end “voluntary” farming decisions about the amount of nitrogen applied to cropland, then “maybe the federal government should step in.”
“I’m not really o.k. with voluntary,” Weaver says. “I think that we need to have some limits.”
Weaver also supports increasing government grants and subsidies to farmers to finance soil and water conservation measures.
Iowa State Daily | Chris Anderson | 9/28/16
Weaver hopes to celebrate Steve King's retirement
Story County Democrats are preparing for big wins in the upcoming elections, going as far as to host at their headquarters a “Steve King Retirement Party.”
The name of the party was a way to suggest Republican Steve King, U.S. representative from Iowa’s 4th congressional district, will lose his upcoming election against his Democratic challenger Kim Weaver.
The event, in reality, was a fundraiser for Weaver’s campaign.
cbc online | 9/19/16
U.S. Congressional Candidate Kim Weaver Has Interesting Solution To Water Quality Concerns
Iowa’s 4th District Democratic House Congressional Candidate, Kim Weaver, was in Carroll last Friday for a Carroll County Democratic Party Fundraiser, and while she was in town she talked about one of the big issues facing our area, water quality. Weaver was born in Des Moines but now lives in Sheldon, and she says something need to be done about it.
Iowa State Daily | Chris Anderson | 9/14/16
Story County Democrats host panel discussing Iowa water issues
Des Moines Waterworks Director Bill Stowe is concerned about a water crisis in Iowa, stressing that a need for real public policy is needed.
Story County Democrats hosted an open forum concerning Iowa’s Water Crisis on Wednesday, Sep. 13 at the United Collegiate Methodist Church. The forum consisted of a panel with Stowe, Iowa State agronomy professor Rick Cruse and Iowa Farmer Seth Watkins. The forum was moderated by State Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.
Iowa’s 4th congressional district candidate Kim Weaver was also present at the forum.
The first member of the panel of experts to introduce himself was Stowe, who started the conversation by raising a pitcher of water above his head.
“From a water producer’s standpoint, I know how close we came to actually crossing the public health threshold to where it become unsafe,” Stowe said. “This is a crisis."
Weaver agreed, also contrasting the difference between she and her opponent, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
“He doesn’t even talk about it,” Weaver said. Weaver said she believes she is the only candidate in the race getting out there and promising to take action on this issue if elected.
Progressive Minds of Iowa | 9/13/16
Kim Weaver, Democratic Nominee for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, was endorsed yesterday by the Iowa Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus.
Jason Frerichs, IDPPC Chair, said in a statement released Monday, “The Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus is proud to announce that we are endorsing Kim Weaver to represent Iowa’s Fighting 4th District. Kim will be an excellent representative in Congress. She is the most progressive candidate running and she shares our values.”
Weaver said in her own statement released Monday, “I am both proud and honored to have received the very first endorsement of the Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. This organization is made up of some of the most enthusiastic, passionate, and committed activists I know who are ‘walking the walk’ in terms of standing up and fighting for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. Their vote of confidence means the world to me. Thank you!”
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune | 9/13/16
Local candidates Kim Weaver and Sara Huddleston met with members of the Storm Lake branch of American Association of University Women.
Democrat 4th Congressional District candidate Kim Weaver, who appeared at an AAUW event in Storm Lake last weekend, is blasting incumbent opponent Steve King for what she said are comments praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"As the descendant of soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, I am appalled that Steve King has said he prefers the murderous dictator of a repressive regime to the freely elected head of American constitutional democracy. This is reprehensible, and it again exemplifies how Steve King's reflect is to run to the nearest TV camera and say something extreme and offensive," she said in a statement sent to the Pilot-Tribune.
"If president Obama ruled the way Vladimir Putin does, King would have been thrown in the gulag long ago. Perhaps he should consider the implications of what (he) is saying, as well as the actual definition of the word patriot."
Progressive Voices of Iowa | 9/12/16
Fourth district candidate Kim Weaver received the official endorsement of the Iowa Democratic Party this morning. The following is a press release received by Progressive Voice of Iowa from IDP Progressive Caucus Chair Jason Frerichs:
The Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus is proud to announce that we are endorsing Kim Weaver to represent Iowa’s Fighting 4th District. Kim will be an excellent representative in congress. She is the most progressive candidate running and she shares our values.
Kim believes that public colleges and universities should be affordable for everyone. She believes that having an educated work force is the key to building a strong middle class and facing the technology challenges of the 21st century. She has presented a plan that allows students to earn credits while still in high school. She understands that student loan debt is a national crisis and favors policies that would help alleviate and in some cases allow students to graduate without any debt.