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'It Definitely Feels Early': GOP's Long Race to 2024 Begins

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the past week alone, Nikki Haley regaled activists in Iowa, Mike Pence courted... Read More

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the past week alone, Nikki Haley regaled activists in Iowa, Mike Pence courted donors in California and Donald Trump returned to the rally stage, teasing a third campaign for the White House. The... Read More

Iowa Flap Raises Fears of Politicized Local Election Offices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It had been eight years since a Republican candidate even stepped forward to challenge Democrat... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It had been eight years since a Republican candidate even stepped forward to challenge Democrat Roxanna Moritz as the top elections official in Scott County, Iowa. Running unopposed in 2016 and 2020, Moritz had become,... Read More

2021-02-26 19:02:22
by TWN Staff
All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are going to be made to how they participate in future elections.  Earlier this week, both houses of the State Legislature... Read More

2021-01-27 15:00:17
by Sara Wilkerson
Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion... Read More

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion of dismissal for Hart’s contention with the state’s 2nd Congressional District election results.   Hart, who ran for the House of... Read More

2021-01-22 16:50:05
by Dan McCue
Hart Vows to Fight On After Iowa Republican Presses House to Toss Challenge

WASHINGTON - Rita Hart is vowing to continue her fight to have every vote counted in the nail-biter of a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rita Hart is vowing to continue her fight to have every vote counted in the nail-biter of a race in Iowa's 2nd District in which she trails by just six votes. On Thursday, Hart's opponent, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks,... Read More

2020-12-22 17:05:29
by Dan McCue
Rita Hart Challenges Iowa Congressional Race Results in US House

WASHINGTON - Democrat Rita Hart filed a complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, challenging the election results... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democrat Rita Hart filed a complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, challenging the election results in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. Hart, who trails her Republican opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, by only six votes, has gained votes... Read More

2020-12-02 19:26:43
by Dan McCue
Hart Mounts Challenge to Outcome in Iowa's Second District

WHEATLAND, Iowa - Democrat Rita Hart is challenging the vote totals in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, two days after a... Read More

WHEATLAND, Iowa - Democrat Rita Hart is challenging the vote totals in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, two days after a state board certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner in a contest that came down to just six votes. The race... Read More

2020-11-30 20:53:57
by Dan McCue
Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race

In the end, it came down to a razor thin margin of six votes out of 394,441 cast, but that... Read More

In the end, it came down to a razor thin margin of six votes out of 394,441 cast, but that was margin enough for the Iowa state canvassing board Monday to declare Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks winner of the state's hotly... Read More

GOP Candidate Clings to 8-vote Lead in US House Race in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa’s 2nd... Read More

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of... Read More

2020-11-25 16:23:49
by Dan McCue
Uncalled House Race in Iowa Grows Ever Tighter

Throughout the 2020 election cycle a persistent narrative was just how divided the United States has become. But an as-yet... Read More

Throughout the 2020 election cycle a persistent narrative was just how divided the United States has become. But an as-yet uncalled House race in Iowa is taking the concept of a nation equally divided between Republicans and Democrats to a... Read More

2020-11-01 08:24:11
by TWN Staff
IA-04: Randy Feenstra (R)

About Feenstra:   Feenstra has lived in Northwest Iowa his whole life. He started working at the age of nine... Read More

About Feenstra:   Feenstra has lived in Northwest Iowa his whole life. He started working at the age of nine delivering newspapers, worked at a local bakery at 14, volunteered as an EMT and was head of sales for the... Read More

2020-11-01 08:05:43
by TWN Staff
IA-04: JD Scholten (D)

About Scholten:  During the 2018 election cycle, J.D. Scholten was the only candidate to host a town hall in all... Read More

About Scholten:  During the 2018 election cycle, J.D. Scholten was the only candidate to host a town hall in all 39 counties in Iowa’s 4th district. He has deep Iowa roots and values and the determination to win.  Scholten has... Read More

2020-11-01 07:28:23
by TWN Staff
IA-01: Ashley Hinson (R)

About Hinson : Ashley Hinson is a current Iowa House representative, a former award-winning journalist and a mom. An Iowa... Read More

About Hinson : Ashley Hinson is a current Iowa House representative, a former award-winning journalist and a mom. An Iowa native, Ashley is the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district, which covers Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion, where she... Read More

2020-11-01 07:01:34
by TWN Staff
IA-01: Abby Finkenauer (D)

About Finkenauer: Abby Finkenauer comes from a working class family in Dubuque County, Iowa. Her father is a retired Union... Read More

About Finkenauer: Abby Finkenauer comes from a working class family in Dubuque County, Iowa. Her father is a retired Union pipefitter-welder, her mother worked for the Dubuque Community Schools. Her mother’s father served as Lieutenant in the Dubuque Fire Department,... Read More

2020-10-31 16:03:10
by TWN Staff
IA-02: Rita Hart (D)

About Hart: Rita Hart is a lifelong Iowan, farmer, and 20-year educator.  She grew up in Charles City, Iowa in a... Read More

About Hart: Rita Hart is a lifelong Iowan, farmer, and 20-year educator.  She grew up in Charles City, Iowa in a “divided household” — her mom a Republican, her dad a Democrat. Her mother spent most of her life with a damaged heart,... Read More

2020-10-31 16:02:03
by TWN Staff
IA-02: Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R)

About Miller-Meeks: Mariannette Miller-Meeks dreamed of becoming a teacher, however, in 10th grade, she and her younger brother were severely... Read More

About Miller-Meeks: Mariannette Miller-Meeks dreamed of becoming a teacher, however, in 10th grade, she and her younger brother were severely burned in a kitchen fire. While at the hospital, she was treated by a physical therapist who went out of... Read More

2020-10-30 22:31:13
by TWN Staff
IA-03: Cindy Axne (D)

About Axne: A fifth-generation Iowan, Axne grew up on the southside of Des Moines. Her childhood included weekends and summers spent... Read More

About Axne: A fifth-generation Iowan, Axne grew up on the southside of Des Moines. Her childhood included weekends and summers spent on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Warren County, 4-H activities, and playing 6-on-6 basketball for the Valley High Tigers.  Following... Read More

2020-10-30 22:27:14
by TWN Staff
IA-03: David Young (R)

About Young: David Young is a seventh generation Iowan who was born, raised, and graduated from high school and college... Read More

About Young: David Young is a seventh generation Iowan who was born, raised, and graduated from high school and college in the Third Congressional District. He served the district for two terms, and is running again for Iowa’s Third District... Read More

2020-10-28 15:58:12
by TWN Staff
IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)

About Greenfield:  Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of... Read More

About Greenfield:  Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard work and self-reliance. Her father encouraged his daughters to do everything the boys did on the Greenfield farm, and... Read More

2020-10-28 15:56:20
by TWN Staff
IA Senate: Joni Ernst (R)

About Ernst: In 2014 Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in federal office, and the first... Read More

About Ernst: In 2014 Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in federal office, and the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate.  A farmers’ daughter, Joni Ernst was taught to work hard, live simply,... Read More

2020-09-24 21:14:47
by Dan McCue
Secretaries of State Stress Need for Accuracy, Patience, When 2020 Vote is Counted

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on... Read More

The top elections officials of what will undoubtedly be two of the most closely watched states in the nation on election night 2020 told attendees of a virtual forum Tuesday that their top priority will be ensuring that the vote... Read More

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak... Read More

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

2020-08-18 22:31:28
by Sara Wilkerson
Midwest Derecho Decimates Iowan Homes and Farmlands, Creating Humanitarian Crisis

A week after a derecho ripped through their state, Iowans remain in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as they... Read More

A week after a derecho ripped through their state, Iowans remain in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as they attempt to recover from the devastating wind storm. Nearly 47,000 residents remain without electrical power, over 8,200 Iowan homes were... Read More

Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to... Read More

2020-07-29 20:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem
RNC Intervenes In Iowa Dispute Over Absentee Voting

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee on Monday urged Iowa election officials to block counties from sending out absentee ballot... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee on Monday urged Iowa election officials to block counties from sending out absentee ballot request forms with pre-filled voter information. In a letter, the RNC’s chief counsel asked Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate... Read More

2020-06-16 14:25:04
by Sara Wilkerson
Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters

The cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus isn't just... Read More

The cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus isn't just a blow to those who love carnival rides, live music, fried Twinkies and an almost unimaginable array of food items... Read More

Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades... Read More

2020-05-14 13:57:23
by Gaspard Le Dem
Iowa Logs Record Number of Absentee Ballot Requests Ahead of June Primary

With the Iowa primaries less than three weeks away, an unprecedented number of voters have applied to vote by mail... Read More

With the Iowa primaries less than three weeks away, an unprecedented number of voters have applied to vote by mail in the state’s June 2 election. As of Tuesday, 356,315 voters had requested an absentee ballot, with 96,311 ballots already... Read More

2020-02-13 16:10:07
by Dan McCue
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Resigns in Wake of Caucus Fiasco

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigned Wednesday night, saying in a lengthy letter that his continued "presence in my... Read More

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price resigned Wednesday night, saying in a lengthy letter that his continued "presence in my current role" would only serve as a distraction as the party seeks to move on from the state's caucus fiasco.... Read More

Even Before Iowa Fiasco, Caucuses Were on Their Way Out

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take the high-profile disaster that was last week’s Iowa caucus for state political parties to move... Read More

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take the high-profile disaster that was last week’s Iowa caucus for state political parties to move away from the party-run presidential preference system. Even before the Iowa debacle, caucuses were on their way out across the... Read More

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