GOP state sen dumps party over Trump remarks; Judge to face Grassley; Johnson County incumbents advance

In the Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors race, incumbents Rod Sullivan and Lisa Green-Douglas with restaurant owner and slow food advocate Kurt Michael Friese will advance to the November election. So far, no Republican has entered the race.

Former State Sec. of Agriculture and ex-Lt. Governor Patty Judge, of Albia, beat three other Democratic candidates, Rob Hogg, Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause. Judge will face Sen. Chuck Grassley in November.

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Yesterday, Iowa Sen. David Johnson, of Ocheyedan, suspended his GOP membership over “racist remarks” made by his party’s leading candidate for president, Donald J. Trump.

Trump is running unopposed, although some in his party have been slow to endorse him. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan only recently endorsed him, but called Trump’s recent comments about a federal judge a “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

Trump had questioned Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s impartiality and ability to preside over two civil lawsuits against Trump University in California, the billionaire’s real estate training program that closed in 2010. The first lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the unaccredited for-profit education company that conferred no college credit.