“After spending a few months in an exploratory phase,” Ames pediatrician John Paschen (D) “on Tuesday announced he’s joining the race” against Rep. Steve King (R).
“With Paschen’s announcement, there are now four Democrats vying for the party’s nomination. He joins Sioux City paralegal J.D. Scholten, Spencer City Councilwoman Leann Jacobsen and Webster City transit worker Paul Dahl in the race that will conclude in the June 5 primary. … It’s no surprise that health care was Paschen’s primary topic in his remarks. He’s worked at McFarland Clinic since 1990. He said the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is being ‘lambasted on all sides’ by ‘Washington insiders and policy makers who are more concerned about their own reputation than improving access to care.’” (Ames Tribune)
PAYROLL. King “employs his son and daughter-in-law as full-time campaign staffers, and has paid them more than $805,000 since 2004, records show. Although typically legal, an arrangement paying close family members year-round for congressional campaign work for more than a decade is unusual in several respects, experts said.”
In an interview, he “defended the arrangement by saying it allowed him to run cheaper campaigns and provide additional services to constituents. ‘There’s no possible way that I could hire somebody off the street that could do what those two do, let alone have the family loyalty that goes along with it,’ King said.”
“Over the years, Jeff King’s salary has ranged from around $30,000 to more than $60,000 annually, and has included lump-sum bonus payments in addition to twice-monthly paychecks.” (Des Moines Register)