'It Definitely Feels Early': GOP's Long Race to 2024 Begins
Political News
'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 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
In The States
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 Roxanna Moritz as the top elections official in Scott County, Iowa. Running unopposed in 2016 and 2020, Moritz had become,... Read More

Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
Political News
Guess What? The 2020 Election Is Now Officially Over
2021-03-31 21:09:11
by Dan McCue

Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and effectively ending the 2020 election cycle. Hart, who had been challenging the outcome of the race before the Committee on... Read More

The Contest Goes On In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District
Elections
The Contest Goes On In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District
2021-03-10 20:48:27
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The contest to determine who will ultimately represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District will continue for at least a little while longer. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration voted 6-3 to table Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss Democrat... Read More

Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
In The States
Iowa Gov Signs Bill Curbing Voting Rights
2021-03-09 20:44:21
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns. The  Bill was approved in a party-line vote in... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
State News
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 Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos
Education
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 has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

Iowa Governor Signs Order Restoring Felon Voting Rights
State News
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 vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to... Read More

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

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

GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party
Elections
GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party

AMES, Iowa — Rep. Steve King is among the most conservative members of Congress, and he represents a district so red that Donald Trump won it by 27 percentage points in 2016. Yet the nine-term congressman is at risk of... Read More

Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come
2020 Elections
Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come

WASHINGTON — Millions of dollars have already been spent in Iowa ahead of Tuesday’s Senate primary, mostly from outside groups bolstering Democrat Theresa Greenfield in her bid to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. And the spending so far is... Read More

Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet
2020 Elections
Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet

WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King reminded those watching a virtual candidate forum on Facebook on Saturday that he has never lost a race. But that could change next week. While it’s rare for incumbents to lose primaries, the Iowa Republican... Read More

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

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

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

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

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