Election 2022

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

BY: , and - October 8, 2022

By Jennifer Shutt, Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are fanning out to every district in the country, leaving the wonky floor debates on Capitol Hill behind for the campaign trail in advance of the crucial Nov. 8 midterm elections.  Democrats are fighting to hold their razor-thin majorities in the U.S. […]

Franken and Grassley spar on women’s rights and drug crisis in debate

BY: - October 6, 2022

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and retired Navy Adm. Mike Franken criticized each other for being too extreme on issues from abortion to immigration at an Iowa Press debate Thursday. The U.S. Senate candidates answered questions from reporters during the Iowa PBS event as Franken challenges the longtime Republican senator, who is seeking his eighth term. […]

Axne, Nunn skirmish over economic policy and abortion in debate

BY: - October 6, 2022

In the first meeting of candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District on Thursday, challenger Zach Nunn, a Republican, almost immediately steered the conversation to the economy and inflation. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, the Democratic incumbent, made an impassioned plea to restore abortion rights at the federal level. “If you’ve been to the grocery store recently, […]

31 conservatives endorse state auditor Rob Sand in re-election bid

BY: - October 6, 2022

Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand, a Democrat, has received endorsements from 31 conservative political figures in his bid for re-election, his campaign announced Thursday. Sand’s supporters include Republican, Libertarian and conservative independent elected officials and candidates, as well as former Republican Party of Iowa staffers and private-sector leaders, according to a campaign news release. […]

Governor candidates focus on future of public education in Iowa

BY: - October 5, 2022

Gubernatorial candidates focusing on public schools is far from new. But in the Iowa race for governor, both candidates have spent significant time on the campaign trail discussing their plans for the future of education in Iowa amid rising polarization on issues from vaccine and mask mandates to book bans and state funding. While Gov. […]

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers questions on same-sex marriage, energy at forum

BY: - October 3, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks countered previous claims from her opponent that she votes along party lines, speaking at a forum with the Greater Des Moines Partnership Monday. The representative, running for re-election in Iowa’s newly reshaped 1st Congressional District, talked about her votes in support of legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act and the […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Kim Reynolds is campaigning — against Joe Biden

BY: - October 3, 2022

One of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ biggest applause lines at her Harvest fundraiser over the weekend was her announcement that she’s suing the Biden administration over its decision to forgive student loan debt for more than 408,000 Iowans. There was a time when it would have been considered political malpractice to gloat about actively working to […]

Reynolds to supporters: Democrats would reverse Republican wins

BY: - October 1, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds railed against the Biden administration and told the crowd at a fundraiser Saturday that electing Democrats would roll back Republican initiatives of her previous terms. Iowa kept businesses and schools open during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported law enforcement and cut taxes, Reynolds said at her Harvest Festival event. She claimed Democrats in […]

Ag secretary candidates split on carbon pipelines, future of ethanol

BY: - September 30, 2022

The two candidates for Iowa secretary of agriculture split Friday on whether government should require unwilling landowners to allow carbon pipelines to cross their land. Democrat John Norwood said eminent domain should not be used to build pipelines that transport captured carbon dioxide away from ethanol plants in Iowa because they do not serve a […]

COMMENTARY

The debate dance: Change the format to better serve voters

BY: - September 29, 2022

Iowans are losing one more traditional handhold on the world of politics as incumbent candidates are either refusing to participate in debates or limiting themselves to just one. And maybe that’s a good thing – but only IF debates evolve into something more useful for voters. Sadly, I don’t think that’s happening, but I have […]

Miller-Meeks, Bohannan trade barbs over abortion in 1st District debate

BY: - September 26, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Democratic challenger Christina Bohannan exchanged heated comments during a debate Monday about what actions Congress should take on abortion and contraception. The candidates also disagreed about energy policy and its role in inflation. Abortion and inflation have risen to top issues in the national general election campaign. Miller-Meeks, a Republican […]