Sioux City Journal | Bret Hayworth | 9/7/16
Weaver pushing King for debates in Iowa 4th race
SIOUX CITY | The two candidates for the Iowa 4th congressional district seat, Democrat Kim Weaver of Sheldon and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, are working to determine if they will hold a public debate to air issues of the 2016 election.
Weaver's team told the Journal they would like to have up to three debates prior to the Nov. 8 election.
"To not have at least one would be an insult to the voters of the 4th District," Weaver's campaign manager David Kelso said.
Weaver is making her first run for elective office, while King is seeking and eighth term. When seeking re-election to the former Iowa 4th congressional district from 2004 through 2010, King did not debate his Democratic opponents. King shifted gears to debate former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack in 2012 in several events and also debated Jim Mowrer in 2014, when running for 4th District positions.
Kelso said debates are "by far the best opportunity for voters to evaluate" the officeseekers.
Spencer Daily Reporter | Seth Boyes | 8/22/16
More than 40 people congregated at the Clay County Democrats' Annual Steak Fry Fundraiser Sunday. The dinner, which was held at the Oneota Park shelter house, served not only as a fundraiser but also as a way to coordinate political efforts and familiarize members with the candidates.
Though Kim Weaver was not in attendance, Jay Lyon, a campaign volunteer, spoke on her behalf.
"Kim Weaver is the ombudsman for the state of Iowa. She is still working full time at that job. She has not quit that job to run for office. This is the very first political office she has ever run for. In her job, she views it as a job where she is looking for solutions to problems. People call and say there is a problem at a nursing home, she goes there but, instead of reprimanding the nursing home for that, what she tries to do is find solutions to the problems so they don't come back up again. We need somebody like that in congress, especially for our district because we haven't had anybody like that for a couple of decades almost," Lyon told the group.
Des Moines Register | Brianne Phannenstiel | 8/20/16
Democratic candidate for Congress Kim Weaver said Saturday that she will work to expand Social Security, address the student loan crisis and support a minimum wage increase.
Weaver is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Steve King in the state’s heavily conservative 4th District, which covers the northwest corner of the state. She spoke at The Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.
She works with the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocating for seniors in nursing homes and other residential care facilities. She also has worked as a Medicaid case manager and said those experiences have shaped her outlook on Social Security and Medicare. One of Weaver's primary goals is to expand Medicare so it covers the cost of long-term care, she said.
Another priority is to find a way to help students who are graduating from college with student loan debt.
“I believe our next financial crisis is the student loan debt that all these kids are carrying,” she said.
KIWA | 8/22/16
Northwest Iowa, In an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last week, 4th District U.S. Representative Steve King said that, while he intends to vote for Donald Trump in November’s Presidential election, he also has a “history” of working with Hillary Clinton.
RadioIowa | O. Kay Henderson | 8/22/16
Kim Weaver, the Democratic candidate in Iowa’s fourth congressional district, says voters shouldn’t believe her opponent, Republican Congressman Steve King, when he says he’d be able to work with Hillary Clinton if she’s elected president.
“He’s the least effective member of congress, so he can’t even work with fellow Republicans,” Weaver says. “How’s he going to work with Hillary?”
Weaver made her comments during a speech this weekend on The Des Moines Register’s Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Weaver called for a higher minimum wage, help for student debt and immigration reform. Weaver also supporting legalizing industrial hemp as a way to improve water quality.
Blog For Iowa | Paul Deaton | 8/11/16
Kim Weaver believes 2016 is the year to retire Republican Steve King from Congress.
What makes her effort different from those of Jim Mowrer, Christie Vilsack, Matt Campbell, Rob Hubler and others?
The political climate of intolerance and hate people like Rep. King foster has reached its limit, creating a backlash among lifelong Republicans.
Weaver hopes to build a coalition using the unique opportunity 2016 presents.
“The other night I had an interesting conversation with a friend who will no longer be voting for Donald Trump, Steve King or any other Republicans,” Weaver wrote in a fundraising email.
“I watched this lifelong member of the GOP burn his Republican National ID while standing around a bonfire. He told me that he feels betrayed by the party and regardless of the outcome he doesn’t know how we will ease the tensions within nation’s polarized political system. To confront the global crises the world looks toward America for leadership and solutions. He said the divisive rhetoric this year short circuits conversations after a few seconds. From across the fire he looked at me and said, ‘All of this intolerance and hate is crazy. It’s gotta stop.'”
QC Times | James Q. Lynch | 7/25/16
PHILADELPHIA — As much as she cringes whenever Rep. Steve King opens his mouth, 4th District Democratic challenger Kim Weaver is enjoying the response.
“I wake up on the morning and go through my emails to see if Steve King has anything stupid,” Weaver told Iowa Democratic National Convention delegates Monday morning.
Then she goes to work raising money off the seven-term conservative’s outbursts, such as saying it would be “racist” and “sexist” to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Tubman, an abolitionist and supporters of women’s suffrage.
She’s raised about $30,000 off a fundraising appeal on King’s remarks.
“People are sending me tons of Tubmans,” Weaver said.
But as good as he is for fundraising, “it has been disappointing” because King is such a misrepresentation of Iowa and Iowans, she said.
“We want to show that Iowans are not bigots. We’re not narrow-minded,” Weaver said. “We’re kind; we’re generous, and we really want to focus on solutions.”
The Gazette | James Q. Lynch | 7/25/16
Democrat Kim Weaver, who is challenging 4th District Republican Rep. Steve King, is interviewed by a reporter after speaking to the Iowa delegation at the Democratic National Convention Monday morning in Philadelphia. (James Q. Lynch/The Gazette)
PHILADELPHIA — As much as she cringes whenever U.S. Rep. Steve King opens his mouth, 4th District Democratic challenger Kim Weaver is enjoying the response.
“I wake up in the morning and go through my emails to see if Steve King has said anything stupid,” Weaver told Iowa Democratic National Convention delegates Monday morning.
Then she goes to work raising money off the seven-term conservative’s outbursts, such as him saying it would be “racist” and “sexist” to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, a slavery abolitionist and supporter of women’s suffrage.
Weaver has raised about $30,000 off fundraising appeals over King’s remarks.
“People are sending me tons of Tubmans,” Weaver said.
Ames Tribune | 7/9/16
Iowa Congressional District 4 candidate Kim Weaver said there are 39 counties in her district, the most of any congressional district in the state. (Photo by Whitney Sager/Boone News-Republican)
Boone County Democrats gathered Saturday for the first Boone County Democratic "Block Party" Picnic. The event was attended by about 40 people who gathered at the McHose Shelter House in McHose Park in Boone to hear candidates for local, state and federal office make a pitch for supporting each other if the party is to grow.
Kim Weaver, of Sheldon, who is challenge incumbent Republican Steve King in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, said their are too many Republicans holding office in Iowa.
"Something has to change or we’ll become Wisconsin or, God forbid, Kansas," Weaver said.
Des Moines Register | Kathy Obradovich | 6/29/16
Kim Weaver isn’t the first Democrat to cut her teeth running against Congressman Steve King as a novice candidate.
She’s not the best-known. Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack had that distinction when she lost to King in 2012. Weaver’s also not the best-funded: Jim Mowrer outraised and outspent King in the 2014 race, but the Republican won with about 62 percent of the vote.
Weaver says she stands out as being focused on something besides simply wanting to oust King.
“I worked really hard for both Christie and Jim, but to be honest, I couldn’t really tell you what their big issues were,” she said. “I think a lot of it was, ‘I’m not Steve King,’ which some people have told me that’s what I should do.”
I imagine she gets that advice a lot. Most recently, King has been excoriated on social media for trying to stop the Treasury Department from changing the image on the $20 bill from Andrew Jackson to Harriet Tubman. His amendment, which would have withheld money needed to redesign the currency, was blocked by the House Rules Committee. He has said the move to replace Jackson’s image amounts to liberal activism on the part of President Barack Obama. Iowa Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack called King “an embarrassment to Iowa” who has a history of “racist and sexist” comments.
It’s not that Weaver won’t try to gain advantage from King’s gleeful race-baiting and the way he makes liberals’ heads spin around. She said she received about $2,000 in donations just from “random people on Twitter” after the news broke about King’s currency caper. She didn’t say if the donors sent $20 bills.
Weaver casts King’s tendency to stir up controversy as an example of misplaced priorities. “Why did Congressman King think this was something relevant to the people of the 4th District? … He doesn’t focus on things that matter to Iowa,” she said.