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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.

What to expect as Iowa’s attorney general, treasurer leave office after four decades

By: - November 17, 2022

Change is coming to Iowa’s attorney general and treasurer’s offices as voters chose to elect challengers who promised to work toward GOP goals over the Democratic incumbents who argued their tenure brought nonpartisan successes. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, both the nation’s longest-serving officials in their positions, were defeated in […]

Reynolds elected 2023 Republican Governors Association chair

By: - November 17, 2022

Members of the Republican Governors Association unanimously elected Gov. Kim Reynolds as chair for the 2023 cycle during the organization’s annual conference this week. Reynolds will take over for current co-chairs Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, with whom she worked as vice chair during the last cycle. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee […]

House Republicans form new ‘education reform’ committee

By: - November 16, 2022

The Iowa House of Representatives will have a new committee for the upcoming session to take up bills on major changes to the state education system. House Speaker Pat Grassley will chair the new Education Reform Committee for the 2023 session, according to a news release. Rep. Skyler Wheeler, R-Hull, will head the existing Education […]

Reynolds announces new chief of staff

By: - November 15, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday that Taryn Frideres, her current chief operating officer, will take over as chief of staff starting Dec. 1. The change in leadership comes as current Chief of Staff Sara Craig Gongol leaves to become the Republican Governors Association’s executive director. Frideres has served in multiple policy adviser roles, including as […]

Iowa wins over $6 million in multistate Google settlement

By: - November 14, 2022

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and 39 other attorneys general reached a $391.5 million settlement with Google over its location tracking practices, the office announced Monday. Iowa will receive nearly $6.2 million from the settlement, according to a news release. Additionally, the agreement requires Google to provide more transparency measures for location tracking services, including […]

State Auditor Rob Sand declares victory; more recounts are expected

By: and - November 10, 2022

State Auditor Rob Sand declared victory Thursday after recounts in two counties failed to erase his narrow lead in the 2022 midterm election, but more recounts are expected. All 99 of Iowa’s counties are now reporting results from Tuesday’s election after recounts in Warren County and Des Moines County. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office […]

Sen. Amy Sinclair takes over as Iowa Senate president

By: - November 10, 2022

State Sen. Amy Sinclair will serve as the Iowa Senate president in the 2023-24 General Assembly following former Senate President Jake Chapman’s defeat in Tuesday’s election. Republican lawmakers held elections for legislative leadership Thursday after the party won a supermajority in the state Senate and added seats in the House. While Republicans won many top […]

Republican agenda likely to see smoother sailing with GOP gains in Legislature

By: - November 9, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Republican leadership may have an easier path forward with appointments and legislation in the upcoming session as Republicans take a supermajority in the state Senate and add to their majority in the state House. In the Iowa Senate, Republicans gained at least two seats according to unofficial results. With at least 34 […]

Election recounts in two counties could affect close auditor’s race

By: and - November 9, 2022

The full election tallies of two Iowa counties are delayed by technical errors that will require recounts — with the potential to affect a very close state auditor’s race. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate called Tuesday night for the expedited recounts of votes in Des Moines County and Warren County. Warren County supervisors held […]

Race projected for Nunn, giving GOP a sweep of Iowa’s federal races

By: - November 9, 2022

Republican challenger Zach Nunn is projected to win over U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne in Iowa 3rd Congressional District race, the Associated Press reported. Nunn had already declared victory twice. “This race changes the course of America,” Nunn said in a speech Tuesday night. Nunn has 50.3% of the vote to Axne’s 49.6% in unofficial results […]

Reynolds: ‘Now we are ready for the next challenge’

By: - November 8, 2022

The Associated Press called Iowa’s gubernatorial contest for incumbent Kim Reynolds just minutes after the polls closed Tuesday night. Fending off a challenge from Democrat Deidre DeJear, the Republican governor won her second full term in office. The early declaration of victory for Reynolds did not come as a surprise for those following Iowa politics: […]

Here’s what Iowans should know to vote on Election Day

By: - November 7, 2022

Iowa voters will head to the polls on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots for state and federal offices, judicial retention and a constitutional amendment. There have been multiple changes to Iowa’s voting rules since the last general election. Polls close an hour earlier on Election Day than in past general elections and voters have […]