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Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. Robin has experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald, in addition to working on multimedia projects, newsletters and visualizations. They were a political reporter for the Des Moines Register covering the Iowa caucuses leading up to the 2020 presidential election, assisting with the Register's Iowa Poll, and reporting on Iowa's 4th District elections.

Who’s visiting Iowa in the 2022 campaign season?

By: - August 17, 2022

The Iowa presidential caucuses are still a long way off, but potential presidential candidates are visiting the state ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm election. No top politicians have officially announced plans to run for president in 2024. President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to run for re-election, but has not launched a campaign. […]

Political Soapbox: Here’s what candidates are saying at the Iowa State Fair

By: - August 17, 2022

Candidates running in this year’s midterm elections are speaking directly with Iowans at the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Register Political Soapbox is a state fair mainstay. It’s known best as a stop for presidential candidates in the leadup to the Iowa caucuses, though none are on the schedule this year. Instead, fairgoers have […]

Delayed decision on caucuses could hurt Iowa Democrats, some party members say

By: - August 16, 2022

The Democratic National Committee’s choice to delay finalizing the presidential nominating line-up until after the midterms could hurt Democratic candidates’ chances in Iowa, some party members said. Potential Republican presidential candidates are coming to Iowa for the Iowa State Fair this week, and many will come back regularly ahead of this year’s midterm elections in […]

Michael Franken says it’s up to Iowans to prove their battleground state status

By: - August 15, 2022

Democratic Senate candidate Michael Franken said while some national Democrats have written Iowa off, recent polls and election predictions show his and other state races remain competitive. “Iowa has disappointed Democrats nationwide for too long, so they’re not believing that we can at least this time pull it off,” Franken told reporters Monday. “So it’s […]

Deidre DeJear: Use Iowa’s ‘trust fund’ for mental health, education funding

By: - August 13, 2022

Iowa needs to use its budget surplus to address shortages in mental health and public education, Democratic candidate for governor Deidre DeJear said Saturday. DeJear spoke to a group of more than 50 people gathered at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. The state is underfunding both public education and […]

Iowa Democrats at Wing Ding say abortion, school policy will help midterm chances

By: - August 12, 2022

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — While election polls and predictions forecast Democrats losing ground in November’s midterms, Iowans at one of the party’s longstanding fundraising events said recent news has improved Democratic candidates’ chances. Democratic candidates in Iowa’s upcoming midterm election spoke Friday night to a small crowd gathered for the 19th annual Iowa Democratic Wing […]

State attorneys general talk future tech cases in national conference

By: - August 10, 2022

State attorneys general may soon play a larger role in the regulation of tech companies and digital industries, speakers discussed at the National Association of Attorneys General summit this week. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, NAAG president, chose the topic for this week’s conference in Des Moines: consumer protection in the internet age. The officials […]

Planned Parenthood, ACLU drop 24-hour abortion waiting period case

By: - August 5, 2022

Planned Parenthood and ACLU of Iowa have decided to drop the lawsuit on Iowa’s 24-hour waiting period law for abortions to focus on fighting more stringent abortion restrictions. When Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed the litigation, lawyers argued the law violated a 2019 Iowa Supreme Court ruling which established a state constitutional right to […]

State board rejects appeal that sought to pull ‘Gender Queer’ from school library

By: - August 4, 2022

The Iowa Board of Education refused Thursday to review a decision by the West Des Moines School District that keeps a book about LGBTQ identity on library shelves. Last year, Teri Patrick of Clive complained about the book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” which is available for check-out at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, a West […]

Iowa OB-GYN education future unclear as abortion training standards change

By: - August 3, 2022

When Iowa lawmakers were considering legislation in 2018 to ban most abortions, University of Iowa officials said the law could threaten its standing to educate doctors who specialize in female reproductive health. Now that the state and U.S. supreme courts have eliminated obstacles to that law and Gov. Kim Reynolds is working to reinstate it, […]

Nunn promotes national tax cuts as people, businesses struggle with inflation

By: - August 3, 2022

As Iowans face economic troubles from high gas prices to stagnant wages, Republican candidate Zach Nunn proposed federal tax cuts modeled after Iowa’s as an antidote for inflation. Nunn met with small business owners Wednesday for a campaign stop in his race against U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne. He criticized programs like President Joe Biden’s “Build […]

Democrats say they’ll keep working to keep Iowa caucuses first

By: - August 1, 2022

Iowa Democrats say they will keep fighting for Iowa’s spot as the nation’s first caucus — and now they have more time to make their case. The Democratic National Committee has delayed its decision about the 2024 presidential nominating calendar until after this year’s midterm elections. The DNC Rules and Bylaws committee delayed the decision […]