Election 2022

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 […]

Reynolds’ campaign has $2.5 million headed into November; Dejear’s has $366K

BY: - October 20, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds has more than six times as much cash on hand as her opponent Democrat Deidre DeJear heading into the final stretch of the campaign season, new campaign finance reports show. Reynolds reported raising more than $2.2 million during the reporting period, according to reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure […]

Shooting survivors call for Iowans to reject pro-gun amendment

BY: - October 19, 2022

Two survivors of shootings encouraged Iowans Wednesday to vote against a proposed constitutional amendment restricting infringement on gun ownership and use. Iowans are now able to vote early or by mail in the Nov. 8 elections. On the ballot is the proposed “Keep and Bear Arms Amendment,” which raises the legal standard to justify restrictions […]

Democratic congressional candidate Christina Bohannan calls for immigration reform, education funding

BY: - October 19, 2022

Solving Iowa’s problems like rural health care accessibility will require federal immigration reform and investment in public education, Democratic congressional candidate Christina Bohannan told business owners and members at the Greater Des Moines Partnership forum Wednesday. Bohannan, a state representative from Iowa City running in Iowa’s reshaped 1st congressional district, said if elected, she would […]

Campaign finance reports reflect competitive federal races

BY: - October 18, 2022

Fundraising totals are ticking up for candidates in the most competitive of Iowa’s congressional races this year as incumbents like Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne seek reelection. Grassley’s challenger Mike Franken, a retired Navy admiral, has raised more than twice as much money as the senator during the third quarter this […]

Biden vows codifying Roe v. Wade will top his agenda if Democrats expand control

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday promised that if Democrats keep control of the U.S. House and gain a few more Democratic seats in the Senate, then “the first bill that I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.” He also told supporters at a Democratic National Committee event that […]

Congressional candidates grapple over workforce issues, immigration

BY: - October 18, 2022

As Iowa reckons with recent inflation and lingering impacts of the pandemic, Republican candidates for Congress are asserting they can fix workforce shortages and other economic troubles if they take control in this year’s midterm elections.   But Democrats argue that the actions taken by President Joe Biden’s administration to address economic struggles are working, and […]

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson released from hospital following kidney infection

BY: - October 18, 2022

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson was released from a Cedar Rapids hospital Tuesday morning after undergoing treatment for a kidney infection, her office announced Tuesday. The representative was admitted Sunday evening to UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Chief of Staff Jimmy Peacock said in a statement Monday. She remained hospitalized overnight Monday for treatment, […]

Debate: Reynolds highlights tax cuts, DeJear calls for investing in schools

BY: - October 17, 2022

In their only televised debate, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds defended her record of managing the state budget as Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear called for more investments to address Iowa’s problems. The gubernatorial candidates discussed their vision for Iowa ahead of the midterm elections, including the state budget, education system, and health care resources. Reynolds did […]


Putting polls in perspective: They offer insight, not predictions

BY: - October 17, 2022

Polls are not predictions. Say it with me:  Polls are not predictions. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but whenever there’s a significant poll with a surprising result, I feel like it needs to be said again. If we say it enough, maybe RAYGUN will print it on a T-shirt. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa […]

Joni Ernst campaigns with Ohio GOP U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance

BY: - October 15, 2022

U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance hit the campaign trail this week in Northeast Ohio with Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and a handful of down ballot GOP candidates. His message in the final weeks of Ohio’s U.S. Senate race echoed claims from his most recent campaign ad — after 20 years in office, Democratic […]


Reynolds’ work to end student debt forgiveness is an effort to keep taxes high

BY: - October 14, 2022

In one of her TV ads, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds brags about cutting taxes. What it doesn’t say is this: Kim Reynolds is fighting to keep taxes higher on Iowans who already face significant economic challenges. You hadn’t heard this? Here’s what’s happening: Last month, Reynolds joined a lawsuit with some other conservative-run states challenging […]