Government + Politics

Republicans pick up a House seat in Newton special election

BY: - October 12, 2021

Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election to the Iowa House on Tuesday, flipping a seat from blue to red ahead of the 2022 session. Dunwell is a pastor and financial professional from Newton. He will replace Rep. Wes Breckenridge, a Democrat, as the representative for House District 29, which includes Newton, Colfax, Prairie City, […]

Hinson calls for more security on the U.S.-Mexico border

BY: - October 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson and Texas Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales called on President Joe Biden to commit more resources to border security during a telephone town hall on Tuesday. “There have been more illegal immigrants encountered at the southern border in each month — June, July, and August — than the entire population of the […]

First Lady Jill Biden convenes ‘charla’ in Kansas City to explore challenges of Latino trailblazers

BY: - October 12, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — First lady Jill Biden toured the nonprofit El Centro, which serves Latino communities, on Monday for insight into the challenges of trailblazing entrepreneurs, a university student and a poet. Biden marked Hispanic Heritage Month with Isbella Guzman, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They had a conversation, or charla, that […]

Trump rails against Democrats, calls for election reform during Iowa rally

BY: - October 9, 2021

Former President Donald Trump ruminated on election fraud and Democratic wrongdoing Saturday while teasing a potential 2024 run during a rally in Des Moines. Trump gave a warm greeting to Iowans, congratulating the Hawkeyes on their win against Penn State. He touted his win in Iowa in 2020 and his latest Des Moines Register/Iowa Poll […]

Iowa Republican leaders praise Trump’s legacy in Des Moines rally

BY: - October 9, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has not officially announced if he will run in 2024, but Iowa Republican leaders still had glowing things to say about him during a Saturday trip to Des Moines.  “This trend that Donald Trump started has turned this party into a blue-collar party, has turned this party into an individual rights […]

Trump rally-goers eager for a 2024 run

BY: - October 9, 2021

Christina Ramirez drove five hours to Des Moines looking for one thing: hope. “Our country is just slipping away little by little,” she said. “I want to know if there’s any hope for us, for anybody, for this country.” Ramirez was one of thousands to attend a rally for former President Donald Trump at the […]

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D.C. Dispatch: Debt limit crisis is averted for now

BY: - October 8, 2021

Howdy, friends. Welcome to the D.C. Dispatch, your weekly roundup of what the Iowa delegation did in the nation’s capital.  This week was another eventful one as the Senate reached a compromise on the debt ceiling (for now) and Republicans collectively shifted their focus to the southern border. And the week isn’t over yet: former […]

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Grassley scoffs at report indicating prosecutor quit under pressure from Trump

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released Thursday said. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern […]

Misinformation abounds as U.S. House panel questions election ‘audit’

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in […]

Grassley pushes back on federal probe of threats against teachers

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with other congressional Republicans, objected Thursday to Justice Department plan to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place […]

Which Iowa Republicans are speaking at Saturday’s Trump rally?

BY: - October 7, 2021

Several Iowa Republicans will speak at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Des Moines this weekend. Trump will speak at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday evening. Before his speech, a slate of Iowa’s Republican leaders will address the crowd, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Mariannette […]

Gov. Reynolds criticizes Biden border policies during Texas visit

BY: - October 6, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and several other GOP governors met in Texas on Wednesday to discuss immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and call for changes to federal immigration policy. “Joe Biden has done absolutely nothing to confront this self-inflicted crisis,” Reynolds told Texas reporters, referring to rising rates of illegal border crossings. The governors unveiled […]