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Iowa Lawmakers Mandate Sale of E15 Fuel
In The States
Iowa Lawmakers Mandate Sale of E15 Fuel
2022-04-27 16:08:00
by Dan McCue

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday that could make the state the first in the nation to require gas stations to have pumps selling fuel blended with at least 15% ethanol. The bill passed the Iowa... Read More

Political News
Iowa GOP Open to Non-Trump Prospects as 2024 Gets Underway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's persistent flirtation with another White House run is doing little to discourage other potential Republican candidates from stepping up their activity in Iowa, the state that will formally launch the 2024 nomination process.... Read More

2022 Elections
Iowa Supreme Court Restores Finkenauer to Senate Ballot
2022-04-15 20:00:15
by Dan McCue

DES MOINES, Iowa — In a unanimous ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday restored Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s name to the Democratic primary ballot, once again making her the presumptive frontrunner to face longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. "This... Read More

Political News
DNC Rules Panel Sets Stage for Changes to 2024 Primary Lineup
2022-04-15 19:00:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel this week voted to allow for changes to the order of presidential primaries in 2024, and invited states interested in moving up to early-state status to submit a letter of... Read More

Renewable Energy
Biden Waiving Ethanol Rule in Bid to Lower Gasoline Prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday to announce he'll suspend a federal rule preventing the sale of higher ethanol blend gasoline this summer, as his administration tries to tamp down prices at the pump... Read More

Political News
Report Says DNC Considering Changes to Presidential Nominating Process
2022-03-11 22:17:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is considering a draft resolution that would dramatically shake up the party’s nominating process and put an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. A copy of the draft resolution was obtained... Read More

Congress
Vulnerable Democrats Push for Local Priorities in Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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