Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. They have experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald.

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 […]

Grassley regains double-digit lead in Iowa Poll

By: - November 5, 2022

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley regained a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Mike Franken in the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll published Saturday. The longtime Republican senator led his opponent 53% to 41% in the poll, which surveyed 801 Iowans who said they have already voted or would definitely vote. The poll, conducted by Selzer & Co., […]

Second gentleman joins panel on abortion ahead of election

By: - November 4, 2022

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff told a Drake University audience Friday that abortion rights were not just a women’s issue and he called for men to get involved in the political fight defending reproductive health care. “Men out there: Step up, and I want you to pay attention, because this is for everyone,” he said during […]

Iowa candidates release final ads in lead-up to Election Day

By: - November 4, 2022

Candidates are making their closing arguments ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections with a last-minute flurry of television ads. Gov. Kim Reynolds launched a new ad this week in a final blitz in her reelection campaign against Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear, blasting “woke states.” The $900,000 buy puts the ad on digital streaming platform, cable and […]

Trump tells Sioux City crowd he’s ‘very, very, very probably’ running in 2024

By: - November 3, 2022

Sioux City, Ia. — Former President Donald Trump, during a rally here Thursday, hinted at another run for the White House in 2024. “I ran twice. I won twice,” Trump said. “… And now, in order to make our country successful, and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again, OK.” […]

More Republicans registered in Iowa ahead of election, new data shows

By: - November 1, 2022

Republicans outnumber Democrats by nearly 90,000 active voter registrations in Iowa, according to an Iowa Secretary of State report released Tuesday, but there are more registered Democrats in three of the state’s four congressional districts. With the election one week away, there are more than 2.2 million Iowans registered to vote, and over 1.8 million […]

Nearly three-fifths of likely voters support gun rights amendment, poll finds

By: - October 28, 2022

More than half of likely voters said they planned to support the gun rights constitutional amendment on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election, according to the most recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. The majority, 58%, of likely Iowa voters said they plan to vote in favor of the proposed amendment, which would subject […]

Arguments to lift block on Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ law begin Friday

By: - October 27, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ allies will be in court Friday, asking a judge to reinstitute the state’s “fetal heartbeat” law in light of the recent U.S. and Iowa Supreme Court decisions overturning constitutional protections for abortion. The controversial case is moving forward just ahead of the midterm elections, as Democrats work to capitalize on most voters’ […]

Who can fix inflation? Iowa congressional candidates focus on taxes, spending

By: - October 26, 2022

Government spending and high taxes have worsened recent inflation’s effects on low- and middle-class Americans, Iowa’s Republican congressional candidates argue as they aim to take back U.S. Congress. But Democrats say investments are necessary to help families struggling with recent soaring prices and say these programs can be financed by raising taxes for the wealthy. […]

Reynolds credits early school reopening for small drop in students’ scores, but data unclear

By: - October 24, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa’s speed in returning students to classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic led to smaller reductions in student performance than in many other states. But analysts said data from the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments show mixed results on the effects of different school reopening timelines. Iowa students’ scores in 4th-grade […]

Auditor candidates say their lawsuits against the state show they are effective watchdogs

By: - October 21, 2022

State Auditor Rob Sand and Republican challenger Todd Halbur both cited their lawsuits against the state to show why they are the best choice to serve as an objective watchdog over Iowa government. The candidates for state auditor participated Friday in a debate on “Iowa Press.” Sand, a Democrat, has served as state auditor since […]