Iowa Smokers' Rights

The Anti-Smoker Assault on Truth, Freedom and Justice

The anti-smokers and their media accomplices win support for raising cigarette taxes by spreading the Big Lie that smoking is an economic burden to society, and they win support for smoking bans by deliberately using defective studies that ignore the role of infection in the diseases they blame on smoking. E.g., the known-carcinogenic human papillomavirus is involved in at least 21% of lung cancers (meaning that it's involved in at least ten times as many lung cancers as ETS supposedly is), but the anti-smokers deliberately use defective studies that ignore it in order to exploit higher rates of infection among smokers and passive smokers, and falsely blame cigarette smoke. Every one of the anti-smokers' ETS studies is defective because not one of them has considered the role of infection. Furthermore, their precious "EPA" report was written by anti-smoking activists, not by EPA scientists (who were against calling ETS a human carcinogen), and they used illegal pass-through contracts to conceal their role. Furthermore, on the board of directors of the pass-through company were a business crony of George W. Bush and a big shot of the Democratic Party as well - thus ensuring a political coverup! And the anti-smokers have gotten away with it, over and over again across the country, because their cowardly and inffectual "opponents" in the bar and restaurant associations refuse to expose their wrongoing!

"Caption. A new effort to reduce youth smoking, cut health care costs, and raise money to help seniors live independently was launched today at the Iowa Statehouse. A bipartisan group of recently elected legislators called on leaders to approve an increase in cigarette taxes, which will be used to repay the Senior Living Trust Fund. From left to right, Senator Jeff Danielson (Blackhawk), Representative Walt Tomenga (Johnston), Senator Brian Schoenjahn (Arlington), Senator Frank Wood (Eldridge), Representative Tom Schueller (Maquoketa) , Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (Ames), Senator Dave Mulder (Sioux Center), Representative Bob Kressig (Cedar Falls) and Senator Tom Rielly (Oskaloosa). (02/21/06)" (2006 Photos. Iowa Senate Democrats.)

2006 Photos / Iowa Senate Democrats

"The latest tally taken Wednesday showed Democrats with a 54-45 majority in the House and a 30-20 edge in the state Senate." "The Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society already was urging lawmakers to allow local control of smoking restrictions and to raise Iowa’s cigarette tax by $1. Those measures were blocked by GOP legislative leaders in the past. 'That change in control makes us very, very optimistic and energetic for the upcoming session,' said Sandra Quilty, a lobbyist for the group." The Quad City Times says that "House Democrats do not appear to have a unified position" on the issue of raising cigarette taxes. (Dems taking control of Iowa Legislature. By Charlotte Eby. Quad City Times, Nov. 11, 2006.)

Dems taking control of Iowa Legislature / Quad City Times

An Outrageous Tyranny Which Must Be Repealed!

HF 2565 - Tobacco Prevention and Control: "Legislative Intent: To reduce tobacco use among youth (ages 5-24) and pregnant women and foster a climate which makes smoking socially unacceptable. There are four components to this bill: the creation of a Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Division in the Department of Public Health (DPH); the establishment of the Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control; implementation of a Comprehensive Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Initiative; and the creation of community partnerships." This is a war of cultural genocide, funded with our tax dollars, by the lie-spewing, blood-sucking FILTH of the planet earth!

Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control: "The Commission will address the needs of pregnant women and youth by developing and directing the tobacco prevention and control initiative. The ten-member Commission will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate (except the youth members). Voting members include: three members who are active with nonprofit health organizations that emphasize tobacco use prevention or who are active as local health service providers; one retailer; three members who are active in health promotion activities at the local level, specifically working in areas of youth education, law enforcement, non-profit services, or other areas related to tobacco use prevention and control; and three young Iowans who are elected at an annual Youth Summit. Requires two of the voting commission members to represent racial or ethnic minorities (One adult, and one youth), and allows vacancies to the Commission to be appointed by the Governor with the confirmation of the Senate. Also on the Commission are several non-voting members: two Senators (one each appointed by the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders); two Representatives (one each appointed by the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader); the Presiding Officer of the Statewide Youth Executive Body (selected by the delegates of the Youth Summit); and a single liaison from the Department of Education; Drug Policy Coordinator; Attorney General's Office; Department of Human Services; and the Alcoholic Beverages Division of the Department of Commerce... The program was originally set to sunset on June 30, 2005, but the Legislature opted to extend that time period to 2010 to give the initiative time to complete its initial five-year review and make adjustments."

2000 Final Session Report / State of Iowa

Dr. Christopher Squier has been chairman of the Commission since 2003. He is on the board of directors of the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society. He is a founding member of CAFE (Clean Air for Everyone) Johnson County, and served on its board of directors. He is also a treasurer and member of the board of directors of CAFE CAN (the state organization for CAFE). Squier is currently secretary and vice chair of the Iowa Tobacco Control Alliance (ITEPA) and a member of the Iowa Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society. He received their Lifetime Award of Excellence in 2004. (Christopher Squier bio, College of Dentistry News and Events, 2/08/08). Squier is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Associate Provost for the Health Sciences, Dows Institute for Dental Research, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa. Dr. Christopher Squier is a corrupt FRAUD who falsely blames tobacco for oral cancer that is really caused by human papillomavirus!

Search: Squier C / PubMed

2008 New Push for a Statewide Smoking Ban Begins

Besides the usual array of charlatans from the health establishment, "A lobbyist for the Principal Financial Group also urged lawmakers to adopt a statewide ban, arguing it would make Iowa more attractive to progressive businesses and cut down on healthcare costs." (Debate begins on smoking ban. By Darwin Danielson. Radio Iowa News, Jan. 24, 2008.) Directors of the Principal Financial Group include Sandra L. Helton (since 2001), a director of Covance, Inc., and Northwestern Memorial Health Care; Richard L. Keyser (since 2002), who is also a director of W. W. Grainger, Inc. and Rohm and Haas Company, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare — Research Institute and the National Merit Scholarship Foundation; and an Advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Division of the Physical Sciences, University of Chicago; Betsy J. Bernard, a former President of AT&T; and Gary E. Costley, a former trustee of Ernst L. Wynder's American Health Foundation, who is a co-founder and managing director of C&G Capital Management, LLC, "which provides capital and management to health, medical and nutritional products and services companies." (Principal Financial Group 2007 Proxy.) This is how health fascist corporations offer 'financial inducements' to pass smoking bans!

Principal Financial Group 2007 Proxy / Principal Financial Group (pdf, 45 pp)

HF 2212 - Statewide Smoking Ban

HF 2212 (successor to HSB 537) Feb. 19, 2008, passed House ayes 56, nays 44. Feb. 25, 2008, Senate: Recommendation: AMEND AND DO PASS, AS PROVIDED IN AMENDMENT S–5013. Final Vote [of Committee]: Ayes, 8: Connolly, Horn, Appel, Danielson, Hatch, Kibbie, Schmitz, and Wood. Nays, none. Present, 7: Zieman, Behn, Black, Gaskill, Hahn, Kettering, and McKibben. Absent, none. Feb. 27, 2008 Passed Senate, ayes 29, nays 21. Mar. 12, 2008, passed House, ayes 59, nays 40. As of Mar. 19, 2008, in conference committee.

HF 2212 / Iowa Legislature

Also, HF 2054 was introduced and referred to subcommittee, Jan. 24, 2008.

HF 2054 / Iowa Legislature

SF 236, Local Regulation of Smoking - referred to subcommittee Jan. 22, 2008.

SF 236 / Iowa Legislature

Iowa Cigarette Tax Increase, 2007

SF 128 "A bill for an act relating to an increase in the taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products, imposing an inventory tax on tobacco products, creating a health care trust fund, providing for a standing appropriation, and providing an effective date and providing an applicability provision. (Formerly SSB 1055.)" Passed Senate, ayes 34, nays 14. Passed House, ayes 58, nays 40. Effective 3-15-07. 28% of the wholesale price of tobacco products, except little cigars and snuff, with the tax on cigars not to exceed fifty cents. It also imposed a use or storage tax on consumers for not very large amounts of tobacco products. The first $127,600,000 was to go to a health care trust fund.

SF 128 / Iowa Legislature

Look at the swarm of anti-smoker lobbyists, most of whom hope to benefit financially from looting smokers: Lobbyists Declarations - Against: Philip Morris (Toby Spangler, Cal Hultman, Kimberly Haus; Michael Triplett); Iowa Assn. of Business and Industry (Anthony Phillips, John Gilliland, Kellie Paschke, Tess Dickinson); Iowa Grocery Industry Assn. (Brad Epperly, James West); Iowa Grocery Industry Assn.(Keith Luchtel, Paula Dierenfeld, Scott Sundstrom); KWIK Starr, Inc. (Larry Blixt); Reynolds American Inc., IA. Wholesale Distributors Association, Cigar Association of America, Inc. (Charles Wasker, Craig Schoenfeld, William Wimmer, Susan Cameron [RJR only]); Iowa Retail Federation (Jim Henter). For: Iowa Podiatric Medical Society (Thomas Fey); Iowa Hospital Assn. (Greg Boattenhamer, Shannon Strickler); Iowa Health System (Julie Smith, Larry Pope, Ned Chiodo, Sabra Rosener, Scott Newhard); Urban Education Network of Iowa (Lewis Finch); Iowa Planned Parenthood Affiliate League, Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa (Judith Rutledge, Kyle Carlson); American Lung Association (Daniel Ramsey); Child and Family Policy Center (Sheila Hansen, Tiffany Smith); Iowa Catholic Conference (Tom Chapman); CAFE Iowa Citizen's Action Network [Clean Air for Everyone] (Natalie Battles, Threase Harms-Hassoun); AMOS (Liz Williams-Chaffin, Paul Turner); Iowa Assn. of Area Agencies on Aging (Mark Hanson); School Administrators of Iowa (Dr. Ben Norman); Iowa Assn. of School Boards (Emily Piper, Margaret Buckton, Mary Gannon); Iowa Dept. of Human Services (Alisa OBrien); UST, Inc. (David Scott); Iowa Dental Assn., Iowa Osteopathic Medical Assn., Polk County Medical Society (Frank Severino); Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (Janice Laue, Ken Sagar, Mark L. Smith); United Auto Workers [UAW] (Dennis Walker); Broadlawns Medical Center (Jerry Fitzgerald, Maggie Fitzgerald, Mark Joyce); American Heart Association (Randall Yontz); Iowa Nebraska Primary Care Assn. [IA/NEPCA], Polk County (Amy Campbell); Iowa Nebraska Primary Care Assn. [IA/NEPCA] (Craig Patterson); Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (Jennifer Harbison); Orchard Place (Kate Walton); Board of Regents, State of Iowa (Andrew Baumert, Gary Steinke, Keith Saunders, Mark Braun, Michael Gartner); Iowa State Education Assn. (Bradley Hudson); AARP Iowa (Amy Campbell, Anthony Carroll, Craig Patterson); March of Dimes, Iowa Society for Respiratory Care (Erika Anderson, John Pederson, Lorelei Heisinger, Matt Eide); League of Women Voters of Iowa (Judie Hoffman); Blank Childrens Hospital (Kathy Leggett); Communication Workers of America (CWA) Iowa State Council (Kerry Bowen); Iowa Nurses Assn., Iowa School Nurses Organization (Linda Goeldner, Patsy Shors); Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (Charlotte Nelson); Iowa Medical Society (David Adelman, Karla Fultz); Iowa Substance Abuse Program Directors Assn. (Deanna Triplett); American Cancer Society (Sandra Quilty); AFSCME Iowa Council 61 (Marcia Nichols).

The Anti-Smokers Control Both Sides! During the 1996 railroad to increase the cigarette tax, "The Chiodos [Frank and Ned] and [Lawrence] Pope also represent Iowa Methodist Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Hutchins and Miller also represent the Iowa Health Care Association. And Schachterle also represents the Iowa Managed Care Association." (Tobacco lobbyists have earned their pay. By Michael Gartner. April 1, 1996.) Also, Iowa lobbyist William Wimmer may be a relative of Wisconsin dual tobacco healthcare/tobacco lobbyist James W. Wimmer Jr. Furthermore, the spin-manufacturing media scum have never informed the American people that the son-in-law of the head of the omnipotent head of the American Cancer Society, the most powerful lobbyist in US history, was a longtime director of Philip Morris! The lobbying interlock has been the same in Wisconsin - and possibly in every state in the union - meaning that the anti-smokers control both sides, and have all along, and the entire hullaballoo about tobacco industry lobbyists supposedly fighting the health lobbyists is nothing but a media-concocted sham, another Big Lie to deceive the public - which explains why the tobacco industry has let the anti-smokers get away with their scientific fraud for all these decades.

$35 Million Giveaway of Stolen Tobacco Settlement Money, 2007

House File 907 "A bill for an act relating to and making appropriations from the healthy Iowans tobacco trust and the tobacco settlement trust fund and providing an effective date." Passed House, April 20, 2007, ayes 56, nays 40. Passed Senate, April 24, 2007, 44-6. Effective 5-23-07. Lobbyists for the bill included Dr. Norman (IA. Community Education Assn.and School Administrators of Iowa); Marc Elcock, Natalie Battles and Threase Harms-Hassoun (CAFE Iowa Citizen's Action Network (Clean Air for Everyone); Epilepsy Foundation); Michael Heller and Paula Feltner (Boys Town USA, Coalition for Children & Family Services, GlaxoSmithKline, Penn National Gaming, Inc., and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Des Moines Affiliate); Brice Oakley, Tom Cope and Don Avenson (Boys & Girls Clubs of America; IA. Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc.) No lobbyists opposed it.

House File 907 / Iowa Legislature

The Governor Race, Culver versus Nussle

Chet Culver, Democrat, supports: "I said early on in this campaign that I would support efforts to improve the health of Iowans by reducing the demand for tobacco products - particularly among teens. This is an important health care proposal. I believe we should use the funds from such an increase to help expand health care for Iowans, particularly smoking cessation programs and treatment for tobacco-related illnesses." Culver is an anti-smoking hatemonger who regurgitates anti-smoking lies ("6,530 smoking-affected births) and explicitly championed the tax increase, while accusing his opponent of being a pawn of "Big Tobacco." (Nussle Sides with Big Tobacco Contributors on Teen Smoking. Culver Press Release, Sep. 13, 2006.) Culver also advocated an "Iowa Senior Wellness Initiative," a health fascist intrusion into seniors' lives including smoking cessation. (Honoring an Iowa Treasure. Chet Culver’s Plan for Iowa’s Seniors. Culver for Governor) Tragically, he was elected.

Nussle Sides with Big Tobacco / Culver for Governor
Chet Culver’s Plan for Iowa’s Seniors / Culver for Governor

Jim Nussle, Republican, opposes: "My first priority is to improve access to affordable health care and wellness across the board. Our focus must be on providing comprehensive solutions for long-term health care, not just applying a band-aid. It’s why I’ve championed fair Medicare payments for Iowa, improved reimbursement rates for health care providers, and secured affordable prescription drugs for seniors." In 2005-2006 he received $16,000 from Pfizer.

In 2000, when he was U.S. Representative, Nussle's campaign contributions included $101,014 from the Health field: $54,670 from professional organizations; $23,844 from hospitals/nursing homes; and $20,000 from the pharmaceutical and health care products industry (Pfizer Inc $4,500; Aventis Pasteur USA $2,500 ; Glaxo Wellcome Inc $2,500; Bristol-Myers Squibb $2,000; Bayer Corp $1,500; Merck & Co $1,500; American Home Products $1,000; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals $1,000; Eli Lilly & Co. $1,000; Johnson & Johnson [major funders of anti-smoking persecution] $1,000; SmithKline Beecham $1,000); versus $13,000 from tobacco companies (RJ Reynolds Tobacco $3,500; Philip Morris $3,000; Lorillard Tobacco $2,000; Conwood Co $1,500; Pinkerton Tobacco $1,500; US Tobacco $1,500). (Jim Nussle (R-IA) Detailed Contributor Breakdown, 2000 Election Cycle. Center for Responsive Politics, opensecrets.org).

Both candidates said that they wanted local rather than state lawmakers to control where smoking is permitted. "Iowa cities currently are prohibited from implementing smoking bans, and the issue has been a contentious one at the State Capitol in recent years... An Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 2003 threw out a local ordinance in Ames that restricted smoking in bars and restaurants. The court said that municipalities do not have the authority to enact bans stricter than those in state law." Anti-smoker Herman Quirmbach, who was on the Ames City Council when it passed the ban, is now a State Senator.(Culver, Nussle want local control on smoking bans. By Charlotte Eby. Sioux City Journal, Oct. 12, 2006.)

Culver, Nussle want local control on smoking bans / Sioux City Journal

Mrs. Culver is a dirty, cowardly traitor. She was caught "sneaking a smoke" in a state-owned vehicle, admitted her illegal smoking escapade, asked to be ticketed and paid the $50 civil fine." (Smoking? Not unless moon is full at casino. By John Carlson, Des Moines Register, Nov. 30, 2008.) It's because of despicable little bootlickers like this that the anti-smokers are grinding their jackboots in our faces!

State Senate

Senate District 1 - Steve Warnstadt, Democrat - Sioux City. Warnstadt voted against SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 2 - Dave Mulder, R-Sioux. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Absent on SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, said that he would have voted yea. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Randy Feenstra (R) was elected.

Senate District 3 - David Johnson, Republican - Ocheyedan. Johnson voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 4 - John P. "Jack" Kibbie, D-Palo Alto. He got $1,500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Kibbie voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Kibbie defeated Ken Vaske (R) in 2008.

Senate District 5 - James Kurtenbach, Republican - Nevada, no response to 2006 AARP cigarette tax question. Rich Olive, Democrat - Story City, supports. Kurtenbach opposed raising the cigarette tax. (Tax reform, development mark candidates. The Tribune, Ames, Iowa, Oct. 29, 2006.) Olive won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 6 - E. Thurman Gaskill, R-Hancock. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Merlin Bartz (R) defeated Doug Thompson (D) and Kenneth J. Abrams (I).

Senate District 7 - Amanda Ragan, Democrat - Mason City. Ragan voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) She got $1,600 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 8 - Mark Zieman, R-Allamakee. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Mary Jo Wilhelm (D) defeated Zieman in 2008.

Senate District 9 - Bill Heckroth, Democrat - Waverly, and Tom Hoogestraat, Republican - Parkersburg, both supported the 2006 tax increase. Heckroth won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 10 - Jeff Danielson, D-Black Hawk. He got $650 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Danielson defeated Walt Rogers (R) in 2008.

Senate District 11 - Bill A. Dotzler Jr, Democrat -Waterloo (incumbent). Dotzler voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $100 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 12 -Brian Schoenjahn, D-Fayette. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Schoenjahn defeated Rebecca Wearmouth (R) in 2008.

Senate District 13 - Roger Tabor Stewart, Democrat - Preston (incumbent). He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Stewart voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 14 - Michael Connolly, D-Dubuque. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Pam Jochum (D) defeated John Hulsizer Jr. (R).

Senate District 15 - Robert E. Dvorsky, Democrat - Coralville (incumbent). Dvorsky voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 16 - Tom Hancock, D-Dubuque. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Hancock defeated Dave McLaughlin (R) in 2008.

Senate District 17 - Wally E. Horn, Democrat - Cedar Rapids (incumbent). Horn voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 18 - Mary Lundby, R-Linn. She got $1,000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Swati Dandekar (D) defeated Joe Childers (R).

Senate District 19 - Robert M. Hogg, Democrat - Cedar Rapids, supported the 2006 cigarette tax increase: "As a state representative, I have supported raising the tobacco tax because it will encourage public health and reduce long-term health care costs by discouraging people, especially teenagers and pregnant women, from using tobacco. In 2006, I proposed a 64 cent increase in the tobacco tax to fund the state's share of Medicaid without the budget raid on the Senior Living Trust Fund, but the Speaker prevented a vote on the amendment (H-8170 to HF2734). I would prefer that revenue from the tobacco tax be used to improve tobacco prevention and cessation and expand access to affordable health care." Hogg told the Cedar Rapids Gazette, "I support raising the tobacco tax to promote public health, especially to discourage teenagers and pregnant women from smoking, and to reduce long-term health care costs. Iowa's tobacco tax has not been increased since 1991, and is now one of the lowest in the nation. All revenue from the tobacco tax should go to health care, including tobacco cessation, prevention, cancer research, and access to affordable health insurance. In 2006, I proposed raising the tobacco tax by 64 cents per pack to pay for state health care programs, which were paid for instead by raiding the Senior Living Trust Fund (H-8170)." (Robb Hogg. Legislative - Senate 19. Cedar Rapids Gazette, ? date, 2006.) Renee Schulte, Republican, no position for AARP. However, she told the Cedar Rapids Gazette, "I am supportive of an increase in the cigarette tax. If an increase would prevent one teenager from smoking it is worth it. I want the increase, however, high enough to really make a difference. If we are going to increase taxes to deter people from smoking, the revenue should go towards tobacco related prevention and reducing healthcare costs." (Renee Schulte. Legislative - Senate 19. Cedar Rapids Gazette, ? date, 2006.) Hogg won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 20 - John Putney, R-Tama. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Tim L. Kapucian (R) defeated Randy L. Braden (D).

Senate District 21 - Dennis Black, Democrat - Grinnell (incumbent). Black voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Tim Morgan, Republican - Newton. Black won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 22 - Larry McKibben, R-Marshall. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Steve Sodders (D) defeated Jarret P. Heil (R).

Senate District 23 - Herman C. Quirmbach, Democrat - Ames (incumbent). Quirmbach voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Led by state Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, anti-smoker state legislators gloated at the prospect of raising cigarette taxes and passing smoking bans. "Quirmbach, who opposes smoking, advised anti-tobacco activists on strategy during a recent meeting of the state Tobacco Use and Prevention Commission. He warned them not to get overconfident because bar owners and cigarette smokers vote, too." "State Rep. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, favors a statewide ban. She says businesses are more likely to oppose local bans, which could leave them open to competitors in other cities without bans. But she said she has asked legislative staff members to draw up versions of both types of bills for legislators to consider." (State Democrats renew anti-tobacco focus. By Tony Leys. Des Moines Register, Nov. 27, 2006.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008 x2.

Senate District 24 - Jerry Behn, R-Boone, voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Behn defeated Albert Sorensen (D) in 2008.

Senate District 25 - Daryl Beall, Democrat - Fort Dodge (incumbent). Beall voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $100 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 26 - Steve Kettering, R-Sac. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Kettering was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 27 - Ron Wieck, Republican - Sioux City (incumbent). Wieck voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 28 - James A. Seymour, R-Harrison. She got $400 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Seymour was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 29 - Nancy J. Boettger, Republican - Harlan (incumbent). Boettger voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 30 - Pat Ward, R-Polk. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Ward was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 31 - Matt McCoy, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); Nicholas Van Patten, Republican - Des Moines. McCoy got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. "McCoy said his goals if reelected include pumping an extra $100 million a year into early childhood development, which he says could be paid with an extra $1 sales tax on cigarettes." (2006 State House and Senate races (Des Moines metro area). Des Moines Register, ? date, 2006). McCoy voted for SF 416, the Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (District 1. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Sen. Matt McCoy and Rep. Janet Petersen, both D-Des Moines, announced that they plan to introduce a bill that would ban smoking in public places. (Lawmakers push public smoking ban. Des Moines Register, Jan. 17, 2006.) Petersen and claimed they have the necessary support from politicians and the public to outlaw smoking in Iowa bars and restaurants. (IowaPolitics.com: Smoking Ban, Bullying Bill on Legislators' Radar. By Chris Dorsey. IowaPolitics.com, Jan. 29, 2007.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 32 - Brad Zaun, R-Polk. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Zaun was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 33 - Jack Hatch, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); unopposed. Hatch voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (Iowa Senate District 33. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $550 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Co-Chair of the Iowa Senate and House Health & Human Services Budget Committee. Hatch was a witness at the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "What States Are Doing to Keep us Healthy," January 22, 2009. He babbled the health fascist shibboliths: "An average of 10 percent of total claims costs is directly attributable to tobacco use. Annually, smokers cost $1,623 in excess medical expenditures and $1,760 in lost productivity compared to nonsmokers. Smoking is the leading risk factor for asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."

Hatch, Jan. 22, 2009 / US Senate (pdf, p pp)

Senate District 34 - Dick L. Dearden, D-Polk. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Dearden defeated Scott Strosahl (R) in 2008.

Senate District 35 - Merle O. Johnson, Democrat - Ankeny, supported the 2006 cigarette tax increase. Larry L. Noble, Republican - Ankeny, no position. Noble won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 36 - Paul McKinley, R-Lucas. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. McKinley defeated Deb Ballalatak (D) in 2008.

Senate District 37 - Staci Appel, Democrat - Ackworth, supports. Julian B. Garrett, Republican - Indianola, supported the 2006 cigarette tax increase: "I am committed to oppose tax increases in general so any increase in this tax would have to be accompanied by a cut in some other tax." Appel received $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 38 - Tom Rielly, D-Mahaska. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Rielly voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Rielly defeated Michael C. Hadley (R) in 2008.

Senate District 39 - Joe Bolkcom, Democrat - Iowa City (incumbent). Bolkcom voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (Iowa Senate District 33. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 40 - James F. Hahn, R-Muscatine. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Hahn defeated Sharon Savage (D) in 2008.

Senate District 41 - David Hartsuch, Republican. He got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 42 - Frank Wood, D-Scott. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Shawn Hamerlinck (R) defeated Wood in 2008.

Senate District 43 - Joe M. Seng, Democrat - Davenport (incumbent). Seng voted for SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (Iowa Senate District 33. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 44 - Thomas G. Courtney, D-Des Moines. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Courtney defeated David Kerr (R) in 2008.

Senate District 45 - Becky Schmitz, Democrat. She got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 46 - Gene Fraise, D-Lee, voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Fraise defeated Doug P. Abolt (R) in 2008.

Senate District 47 - Keith Kreiman, Democrat - Bloomfield (incumbent). Kreiman voted against SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (Iowa Senate District 33. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) He got $450 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 48 - Jeff Angelo, R-Union. He got $100 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Absent or no vote on SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. In 2008, Kim Reynolds (R) defeated Ruth Smith (D) and Rodney Schmidt (I).

Senate District 49 - Hubert Houser, Republican - Carson (incumbent). Houser voted against SF 416, the 2005 Cigarette Tax Increase/Property Tax Shift. (Iowa Senate District 33. The Iowa Prosperity Project.) Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008.

Senate District 50 - Michael E. Gronstal, D-Pottawattomie. He got $2,000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike. Voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban in 2008. Gronstal defeated Mark A. Brandenburg (R) in 2008.

State House

House District 1 - Wesley E. Whitead, Democrat - Sioux City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Whitead defeated Jeremy Taylor (R) in 2008.

House District 2 - Roger Wendt, Democrat - Sioux City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Wendt defeated Rick Bertrand (R) in 2008.

House District 3 - Chuck Soderberg, Republican - LeMars (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Soderberg defeated T.J. Templeton (D) in 2008.

House District 4 - Dwayne Alons, Republican - Hull. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Alons defeated James Van Bruggen (D) in 2008.

House District 5 - Royd Chambers, Republican - Sheldon (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Chambers was re-elected in 2008.

House District 6 - Mike May, Republican - Spirit Lake (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. May was re-elected in 2008.

House District 7 - Marcella R. Frevert, Democrat - Emmetsburg (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Frevert defeated Debra Satern (R) in 2008.

House District 8 - Dolores M. Mertz, Democrat - Ottosen (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. Mertz defeated Stephen Richards (R) in 2008.

House District 9 - Mckinley Bailey, Democrat. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Bailey defeated Jamie Johnson (R) in 2008.

House District 10 - Dave Deyoe, Republican, opposed the 2006 cigarette tax increase: "Raising the cigarette tax for on-going expenses means the state would become even more addicted to the revenue from that tax. As it is, the state has a vested interest in making sure that people continue to smoke. We shouldn’t want a situation where the government profits more from the sale of cigarettes than even the tobacco companies. If an increased tax successfully lowered consumption, revenue would also fall, thereby endangering funding for vital state programs. Iowans do not need more taxes, especially for taxes like the cigarette tax which hit poor people the hardest." Susan R. Radke, Democrat, no position. Deyoe won. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Deyoe defeated Susan R. Radke (D) in 2008.

House District 11 - Henry V. Rayhons, Republican - Garner (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, and against it the second time. Rayhons defeated Ann Marie Fairchild (R) in 2008.

House District 12 - Linda Upmeyer, Republican - Garner. She got $1600 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Upmeyer defeated Randall Rainer (D) in 2008.

House District 13 - Bill Schickel, Republican - Mason City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. In 2008, Sharon Steckman (D) defeated Scott Tornquist (R).

House District 14 - Mark Kuhn, Democrat - Charles City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Kuhn defeated Jeff Mosiman (R) in 2008.

House District 15 - Brian Quirk, Democrat - New Hampton (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. Quirk defeated Dan Lensing (R) in 2008.

House District 16 - Chuck Gipp, Republican - Decorah (incumbent). He got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Absent or no vote on SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike; voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, John Beard (D) defeated Randy Schissel (R).

House District 17 - Pat Grassley, Republican. Grassley got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Grassley defeated Cayla Baresel (D) in 2008.

House District 18 - Andrew Wenthe, Democrat - Hawkeye defeated Rep. David Lalk, R-Westgate. Wenthe voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Wenthe defeated Austin Lorenzen (R) in 2008.

House District 19 - Bob Kressig, Democrat - Cedar Falls (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Kressig defeated Carlin Hageman (R) in 2008.

House District 20 - Doris J. Kelley, Democrat -Waterloo, no position on 2006 AARP cigarette tax question; David Wieland, Republican -Waterloo, no position. Kelley won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Kelley defeated Vic Mokricky (R) in 2008.

House District 21 - Tami Wiencek, Republican, a former television news anchor, defeated Don Shoultz, D - Waterloo. She got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Wiencek voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, and for it the second time. Kerry Burt (D) defeated Wiencek in 2008.

House District 22 - Deborah L. Berry, Democrat - Waterloo (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Berry was re-elected in 2008.

House District 23 - Dan Rasmussen, R-Buchanan, voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike x2. Gene Ficken (D) defeated Rasmussen in 2008.

House District 24 - Roger Thomas, Democrat - Elkader (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Thomas was re-elected in 2008.

House District 25 - Thomas J. Schueller, Democrat - Maquoketa (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. Schueller was re-elected in 2008.

House District 26 - Polly Bukta, Democrat - Clinton (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Bukta defeated Jonathan Van Roekel (R) in 2008.

House District 27 - Pam Jochum, Democrat - Dubuque (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Charles Isenhart (D) defeated Lou Oswald (R).

House District 28 - Pat Murphy, Democrat - Dubuque (incumbent), on the 2006 AARP cigarette tax question: "I will support efforts to improve the health of Iowans. As the Iowa economy continues to improve, it is my hope that we can do it by using increases in general fund revenue rather than by tax increases. I believe that this is a more reliable and stable source of funding. I would also support increased funding for teen prevention and smoking cessation programs out of the general fund." Murphy got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Murphy defeated Darren D. White (R) in 2008.

House District 29 - Ro H. Foege, Democrat - Mt. Vernon (incumbent). Foege got $650 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Nate Willems (D) defeated Emma Nemecek (R).

House District 30 - Dave Jacoby, Democrat - Coralville (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Jacoby was re-elected in 2008.

House District 31 - Ray Zirkelbach, Democrat - Monticello (incumbent). Absent or no vote on House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Absent or no vote on SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and voted for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Zirkelbach defeated Dena Himes (R) in 2008.

House District 32 - Steve Lukan, Republican - New Vienna. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Lukan defeated Tom Avenarius (D) in 2008.

House District 33 - Dick Taylor, Democrat - Cedar Rapids (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Message received from Kathy Potts: "I am a candidate for Iowa House District 33. I am an advocate for Smoker's Rights." Taylor defeated Potts in 2008.

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House District 34 - Todd Taylor, Democrat - Cedar Rapids (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Taylor was re-elected in 2008.

House District 35 - Kraig Paulsen, Republican - Hiawatha (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Paulsen defeated Mike Robinson (D) in 2008.

House District 36 - Swati Dandekar, Democrat - Marion (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Nick Wagner (R) defeated Gretchen Lawyer (D).

House District 37 - Andy Anderson, Republican, supported the 2006 cigarette tax increase. Art Staed, Democrat, no position. Staed won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Renee Schulte (R) defeated Art Staed (D).

House District 38 - Tyler Olson, Democrat: "Tobacco-related illnesses are a health issue in Iowa. I believe directing resources toward expanding tobacco cessation and control programs and expanding access to quality and affordable health care is a wise investment in Iowa's future." Don Palmer, Republican, supported the 2006 cigarette tax increase: "Expanding access to quality and affordable health coverage is a top priority." Olson won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Olson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 39 - Dawn Pettengill, Democrat - Mount Auburn (incumbent). She got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Pettengill defeated Terry Hertle (D) in 2008.

House District 40 - Lance Horbach, Republican - Tama (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Horbach defeated Chris Bearden (D) in 2008.

House District 41 - Paul Bell, Democrat - Newton (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Bell defeated Adam Vandall (R) in 2008.

House District 42 - Geri Huser, Democrat - Altoona (incumbent); unopposed. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban. Huser was re-elected in 2008.

House District 43 - Mark Smith, Democrat - Marshalltown (incumbent). He got $600 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Smith defeated Jane Jech (R) in 2008.

House District 44 - Polly Granzow, Republican - Eldora (incumbent). Absent on House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007; said she would have voted nay. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Annette Sweeney (R) defeated Tim Hoy (D).

House District 45 - Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Democrat - Ames (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Wessel-Kroeschell defeated Ryan Rhodes (R) in 2008.

House District 46 - Lisa Heddens, Democrat - Ames (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Heddens defeated Eric Cooper (R) in 2008.

House District 47 - Ralph Watts, Republican - Adel (incumbent); Russ Wiesley, Democrat - Waukee. Watts won. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Watts defeated Susan Temere (D) in 2008.

House District 48 - Donovan Olson, Democrat - Boone (incumbent); Charles Braun, Republican - Boone. Olson won. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Olson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 49 - Helen Miller, Democrat - Fort Dodge (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Miller defeated Michael J. Littzen (R) in 2008.

House District 50 - David Tjepkes, Republican - Gowrie (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Tjepkes defeated Lynne Gentry (D) in 2008.

House District 51 - Rod Roberts, Republican - Carroll (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2.

House District 52 - Gary Worthan, R-Buena Vista, voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Worthan defeated Russell P. Camerer (D) in 2008.

House District 53 - Dan Huseman, Republican - Aurelia (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban. Huseman defeated Lori Sokolowski (D) in 2008.

House District 54 - Christopher Rants, Republican - Sioux City: "I live in a border community, and this action would push sales to neighboring states. For this reason, I do not support raising this tax. I have advocated for and supported smoking cessation programs, especially those for Iowa’s youth. I worked to find additional resources for these programs this past legislative session. Raising this tax would make the state even more addicted to cigarette tax revenue. As a result, raising the tax to spend the revenue would mean we need Iowans to continue smoking. This is a counter-productive method of obtaining tax revenues if we truly want to cut down on smokers." In 2005, Rants blocked the cigarette tax increase, and was predictably denounced as a stooge of "Big Tobacco." (Iowa House Speaker's Connections to Political Group Raises Eyebrows. Quad City Times, Feb. 15, 2006.) He got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Rants defeated Carlos Venable-Ridley (D) in 2008.

House District 55 - Clarence C. Hoffman, Republican - Denison (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, and against it the second time. In 2008, Jason Schultz (R) was elected.

House District 56 - Matt Windschitl, Republican. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Windschitl defeated Jan Creasman (D) in 2008.

House District 57 - Jack Drake, Republican - Lewis (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Drake defeated Ron Rosmann (R) in 2008.

House District 58 - Clel Baudler, Republican - Greenfield (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Baudler defeated Christopher Melson (D) in 2008.

House District 59 - Dan Clute, Republican - Clive, supports: "Our goal should be to reduce the number of Iowans that smoke. If I can be convinced that an increase in this tax could help to achieve this goal, then I would be supportive of an increase. Since achieving our goal will mean a declining amount of revenue over time, I believe that this money should only be spent on smoking cessation and other items that will improve the health of Iowans, and not counted on as a continuing source of revenue." Jim Sammler, Democrat - West Des Moines, no position. Clute won. Clute voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Chris Hagenow (R) defeated Jerry Sullivan (D).

House District 60 - Libby Jacobs, Republican - West Des Moines (incumbent); unopposed. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Peter Cownie (R) defeated Alan R. Koslow (D) and Russ Gibson.

House District 61 - Jo Oldson, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); David Payer, Republican - Des Moines. Oldson won. Oldson got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Oldson defeated Eric Kohlsdorf (R) in 2008.

House District 62 - Bruce Hunter, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); unopposed. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban. Hunter defeated Chris Sanger (R) in 2008.

House District 63 - J. Scott Raecker, Republican - Urbandale (incumbent); unopposed. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Absent on House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007; said he would have voted nay. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Raecker defeated Nita Garvin (D) in 2008.

House District 64 - Janet Petersen, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); unopposed. She is "an advocate for smoke-free workplaces and improving maternal health care in Iowa." (2006 State House and Senate races (Des Moines metro area). Des Moines Register, ? date, 2006). Led by state Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, anti-smoker state legislators gloated at the prospect of raising cigarette taxes and passing smoking bans. "Quirmbach, who opposes smoking, advised anti-tobacco activists on strategy during a recent meeting of the state Tobacco Use and Prevention Commission. He warned them not to get overconfident because bar owners and cigarette smokers vote, too." "State Rep. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, favors a statewide ban. She says businesses are more likely to oppose local bans, which could leave them open to competitors in other cities without bans. But she said she has asked legislative staff members to draw up versions of both types of bills for legislators to consider." (State Democrats renew anti-tobacco focus. By Tony Leys. Des Moines Register, Nov. 27, 2006.) Sen. Matt McCoy and Rep. Janet Petersen, both D-Des Moines, announced that they plan to introduce a bill that would ban smoking in public places. Petersen is a former lobbyist for the American Heart Association. (Lawmakers push public smoking ban. Des Moines Register, Jan. 17, 2006.) She got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Petersen and McCoy claimed they have the necessary support from politicians and the public to outlaw smoking in Iowa bars and restaurants. (IowaPolitics.com: Smoking Ban, Bullying Bill on Legislators' Radar. By Chris Dorsey. IowaPolitics.com, Jan. 29, 2007.) She voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban. Petersen defeated Steve Svejda (R) in 2008.

House District 65 - Wayne Ford, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent); unopposed. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Ford defeated David Barnett (R) in 2008.

House District 66 - Ako Abdul-Samad, Democrat - Des Moines; Brett Blanchfield, Libertarian - Des Moines; Jeff Johannsen, independent - Des Moines; Jack Whitver, Republican - Des Moines. Abdul-Samad won; Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Abdul-Samad defeated Chris Moeller (Green) in 2008.

House District 67 - Kevin McCarthy, Democrat - Des Moines (incumbent): "McCarthy received his law degree from Drake University after earning his bachelor’s in sociology and political science from Wartburg College. Before working for Polk County, he was an assistant attorney general for the state of Iowa and worked in Washington, D.C., as part of the lawsuit against big tobacco." (2006 State House and Senate races (Des Moines metro area). Des Moines Register, ? date, 2006). Steve Inman, Republican - Des Moines; Brian McLain, independent - Des Moines. McCarthy won. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. McCarthy defeated Larry Disney (R) in 2008.

House District 68 - Rick Olson, Democrat (incumbent); unopposed. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, and against it the second time. Olson defeated Larry Voorhees (R) in 2008.

House District 69 - Walt Tomenga, Republican - Johnston (incumbent): "The money the government has borrowed from itself — about $400 million — needs to be paid back, Tomenga said. A 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax is one way Tomenga said he’d like to pay back the debt." (2006 State House and Senate races (Des Moines metro area). Des Moines Register, ? date, 2006). John Calhoun, Democrat - Polk City. Tomenga won. He got $450 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Erik Helland (R) defeated Richard Sosalla (D).

House District 70 - Carmine Boal, Republican - Ankeny (incumbent); unopposed. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Kevin Koester (R) defeated Matt Pfaltzgraf (D).

House District 71 - Jim Van Engelenhoven, Republican - Pella (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Van Engelenhoven defeated Pat VanZante (D) in 2008.

House District 72 - Richard Arnold, Republican - Russell (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Arnold defeated James Demichelis Jr. (D) in 2008.

House District 73 - Jodi Tymeson, Republican - Winterset (incumbent); Maxine Bussanmas, Democrat - Bevington. Tymeson won. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Tymeson defeated Maxine R. Bussanmas (D) in 2008.

House District 74 - Mark Davitt, Democrat - Indianola (incumbent); Doug Shull, Republican - Indianola. Davitt won. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Kent Sorenson (R) defeated Davitt in 2008.

House District 75 - Eric Palmer, Democrat - Oskaloosa, defeated House Speaker Pro-tem Danny Carroll, Republican - Grinnell. Palmer got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Palmer voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Palmer defeated Danny Carroll (R) in 2008.

House District 76 - Betty DeBoef, Republican - What Cheer (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. DeBoef defeated Jim Van Scoyoc (D) in 2008.

House District 77 - Mary Mascher, Democrat - Iowa City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Mascher defeated Chris L. Brewer (nominated by petition) in 2008.

House District 78 - Vicki Lensing, Democrat - Iowa City (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Lensing was re-elected in 2008.

House District 79 - Jeff Kaufmann, Republican - Wilton (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Kaufmann defeated Rebecca Spears (D) in 2008.

House District 80 - Nathan Reichert, Democrat - Muscatine (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Reichert defeated Robert E. Howard (R) in 2008.

House District 81 - Jamie Van Fossen, Republican - Davenport (incumbent). Absent on House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007; said he would have voted nay. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Phyllis Thede (D) defeated Van Fossen in 2008.

House District 82 - Linda Miller, Republican - Bettendorf (incumbent). She got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Miller was re-elected in 2008.

House District 83 - Steven N. Olson, Republican - De Witt (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Olson defeated Steve Smith (D) in 2008.

House District 84 - Elesha Gayman, Democrat - Davenport, defeated incumbent Jim Van Fossen, R-Davenport. Gayman got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Gayman voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Gayman defeated Ross C. Paustian (R) in 2008.

House District 85 - Jim Lykam, Democrat - Davenport (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. Lykam defeated Linda Greenlee (R) in 2008.

House District 86 - Cindy Winckler, Democrat - Davenport (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Ban opponent Joe Sturgis, owner of The Rusty Nail in Davenport, has announced that he is a candidate. Winckler defeated Joseph R. Sturgis (R) in 2008.

House District 87 - Tom Sands, Republican - Columbus Junction (incumbent). He got $200 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Sands defeated Frank Best (D) in 2008.

House District 88 - Dennis Cohoon, Democrat - Burlington (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Cohoon was re-elected in 2008.

House District 89 - Sandy Greiner, Republican - Keota (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, and was absent or didn't vote the second time. In 2008, Larry K. Marek (D) defeated Jarad Klein (R).

House District 90 - John Whitaker, Democrat - Hillsboro (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Whitaker defeated Dan Cesar (R) in 2008.

House District 91 - Dave Heaton, Republican - Mount Pleasant (incumbent). He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Heaton defeated Ron Fedler (D) in 2008.

House District 92 - Phil Wise, Democrat - Keokuk (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. In 2008, Jerry Kearns (D) defeated Gary G. Ramaker (R).

House District 93 - Mary Gaskill, Democrat - Ottumwa (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Gaskill defeated Rick McClure (R) in 2008.

House District 94 - Kurt Swaim, Democrat - Bloomfield (incumbent). He got $100 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Swaim defeated Howard E. Hubbard (R) in 2008.

House District 95 - Michael Reasoner, Democrat - Creston (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Reasoner defeated Doug Smith (R) in 2008.

House District 96 - Cecil Dolecheck, Republican - Mount Ayr (incumbent). Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban the first time, but for it the second time. Dolecheck defeated Dennis R. Cooper (D) in 2008.

House District 97 - Richard Anderson, Republican - Clarinda (incumbent). He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Anderson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 98 - Greg Forristall, Republican, opposed the 2006 cigarette tax increase: "Since I am convinced Iowans will drastically curtail their smoking in coming years, I would be concerned with depending on revenue from tobacco taxes." Sally Vitamvas, Democrat, supported it: "There is an argument that says that such a tax will cause cigarette smuggling from other states, and/or the loss of revenue for merchants located near state borders; but smoking is a direct cause of deadly illnesses, the costs of which burden not only the smoker, but also society at large in many ways, and second-hand smoke, we’re now learning, is perhaps even more dangerous than smoking itself. While raising the tobacco tax might not stop current adult smokers, the revenue raised could be used to offset some of the societal costs, and might well discourage underage smoking by making it both more expensive and also more difficult for minors to obtain tobacco products." Forristall won. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Forristall was re-elected in 2008.

House District 99 - Doug Struyk, Republican - Council Bluffs (incumbent). He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Voted against House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted against SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and against HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Struyk defeated Kurt Hubler (R) in 2008.

House District 100 - Paul Shomshor, Democrat - Council Bluffs (incumbent). Voted for House File 907, the giveaway of tobacco settlement money stolen from smokers, 2007. Voted for SF 128, the 2007 cigarette tax hike, and for HF 2212, the statewide smoking ban x2. Shomshor defeated Scott A. Belt (D) in 2008.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Tom Harkin, Democrat, is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations. That means that he can blackmail scientists into silence with the implicit threat of cutting off their funding! Harkin co-sponsored S-625, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. He also introduced S. 1753, the Healthy Workforce Act of 2007, for taxpayer-subsidized brainwashing with health fascist scientific fraud, in the inherently coercive environment of a workplace; S 1342, the so-called Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention (HeLP) America Act of 2007; S 1013, the Smoke Free Mothers and Babies Act; and the Harkin Wellness Grants program, a chunk of pork from the Centers for Disease Control which shoveled out $2.7 million in 2005 to Iowa cities, school districts, and community-based nonprofit organizations to spread health fascism. (Health and Wellness. Citizens for Harkin, accessed 10/7/07.) Harkin received $2,000 from Johnson & Johnson in 2006, and $3,000 from Pfizer.

S 1342, Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention (HeLP) America Act of 2007 / Thomas.loc.gov
S 1013, Smoke Free Mothers and Babies Act / Thomas.loc.gov

Harkin's Pork Barrel: The Harkin Wellness Grants, $1,510,900 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Iowa Department of Public Health, to be handed out to 18 Iowa communities [cronies] to inflict Nazi pseudo-science on the public. The counties receiving these grants include Adams ($23,22), Black Hawk ($125,000), Cass ($103,891), Clayton ($32,685), Dallas ($34,926), Dubuque ($121,507), Jefferson ($100,485), Kossuth ($35,000), Lee ($35,000), Linn ($123,853), Osceola ($116,399), Polk ($124,823), Poweshiek ($90,411), Ringgold ($34,870), Shelby ($125,000), Siouxland ($125,000), Van Buren ($122,377), and Wayne ($71,378). (Harkin: More Than $1.5 Million in Wellness Grants Released to 18 Iowa Communities. Harkin News, Sep. 17, 2008. Link died http://harkin.senate.gov/pr/p.cfm?i=303105)

Promoting Health and Wellness / Harkin - US Senate

Iowa also has the "Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence," so-called, at the University of Iowa, which is a tentacle of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) workplace health fascism program.

Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence / University of Iowa

Sens. Tom Harkin and Thomas Daschle were responsible for the establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health. (Testimony of Richard A. Jaffe, attorney, Houston, TX, at hearings before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Commerce, Dec. 5, 1995, page 41.) "Joseph M. Jacobs was appointed the first director of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in 1992. Initially, Jacobs' insistence on rigorous scientific methodology caused friction with the Office's patrons, such as Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin criticized the 'unbendable rules of randomized clinical trials' and, citing his use of bee pollen to treat his allergies, stated: 'It is not necessary for the scientific community to understand the process before the American public can benefit from these therapies.' Harkin's office reportedly pressured the OAM to fund studies of specific "pet theories", including bee pollen and antineoplastons. In the face of increasing resistance to the use of scientific methodology in the study of alternative medicine, one of the OAM board members, Barrie Cassileth, publicly criticized the office, saying: "The degree to which nonsense has trickled down to every aspect of this office is astonishing... It's the only place where opinions are counted as equal to data." Finally, in 1994, Harkin appeared on television with cancer patients who blamed Jacobs of blocking their access to antineoplastons, leading Jacobs to resign from the OAM in frustration with the political climate." The next director of the OAM was Dr. Wayne B. Jonas. (US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Wikipedia, accessed 1/13/10.) Former Rep. Berkley Bedell (D-IA, served 1975-1998) was also involved in creating the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine after retiring from Congress, to milk the cash cow he helped create. (Meet the Founder: Berkley Bedell. Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine.)

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Dec. 5, 1995 / UCSF (pdf, 177 pp)
US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine / Wikipedia
Meet the Founder: Berkley Bedell / Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine

In 1987, Harkin was a co-sponsor of the Hatch Bill, S. 51, to prohibit smoking in public conveyances. (Tobacco Institute Federal Relations Report, May 29, 1987.)

TI Federal Relations Report, May 29, 1987 / UCSF (pdf, 3 pp)

In 1978, Harkin got campaign donations from the Tobacco People's Public Affairs Committee in his race for the 5th District of Iowa. (Federal Election Commission Registration Form, June 5, 1978.)

Federal Election Commission Registration Form, June 5, 1978 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)

Harkin was a former aide to Rep. Neal Smith (D-IA), who also ran in a different district due to redistricting. (Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 1972 Oct. 7;30(41), page 2523 / 43.)

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 1972 / UCSF (pdf, 112 pp)

Harkin defeated Christopher Reed (R) in 2008.

U.S. House of Representatives

District 1, Rep. Bruce L. Braley, Democrat, is a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Braley defeated David Hartsuch (R) in 2008.

District 2, Rep. David Loebsack, Democrat, is a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Loebsack defeated Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R), Wendy Barth (Green), and Brian White (nominated by petition) in 2008.

District 3, Rep. Leonard Boswell, Democrat, is a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Boswell defeated Kim Schmett (R) and Frank V. Forrestal (SWP) in 2008.

District 4, Rep. Tom Latham, Republican, voted against HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR-1256 (2009). In 2006, Latham received $5,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. William J. Meyers, founder and online coordinator of RepealTheSmokingBan.org, is an independent candidate against him. RepealTheSmokingBan.org does not question the anti-smokers' Nazi pseudo-science of using studies based on lifestyle questionnaires which ignore the role of infection. Latham defeated Becky Greenwald (D) and Meyers in 2008.

Facts / RepealTheSmokingBan.org (Demwebs.com)

District 5, Steve King, Republican, voted against HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR-1256 (2009). In 2006, King received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. King defeated Rob Hubler (D) and Victor Vara (I) in 2008.

Former Governor Tom Vilsack

"Vilsack, when asked to comment on the death of his former chief of staff, used his trademark style of weaving this unrelated tragedy into a political message directed at giving the cigarette tax a media boost. Vilsack tied his friend’s suicide brought on by the abuse of prescription drugs to increasing the tobacco tax. The string of logic on this one: tobacco products are a “gateway” drug." Vilsack said, "Steve Gleason was a good man, but he had his challenges and his addictions which he had difficulties coping with," "The legislature has before it a tobacco tax increase which many look at in the context of the politics of the day and some look at in terms of revenues that can do good. For me, it's about trying to save lives. "Steve Gleason was a good man, but he had his challenges and his addictions which he had difficulties coping with," Vilsack said. "The legislature has before it a tobacco tax increase which many look at in the context of the politics of the day and some look at in terms of revenues that can do good. For me, it's about trying to save lives." (Political Mileage Awards. Things Going Round and Round, Mar. 27, 2006, by Iowa Ennui.) Vilsack proposed raising the cigarette tax by 80 cents in 2005.

Pfizer PAC & Corporate Political Contributions Report 2005 – 2006 Cycle / Pfizer (pdf, 110 pp)

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