2020 presidential race

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate […]

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

More than half of House Republicans back Texas lawsuit alleging election ‘irregularities’

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than 100 U.S. House Republicans are backing a Texas lawsuit that seeks to delay the certification of presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground states that President-elect Joe Biden won. In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led 105 of his Republican colleagues […]

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Republicans didn’t lose big in 2020 – they held onto statehouses and the power to influence future elections

BY: and - November 29, 2020

Election Day delivered a presidential victory for the Democratic Party and narrowed the partisan split in the U.S. House and Senate. But it was nevertheless a victory for Republicans in the battle every decade to draw state and congressional districts that favor their party. Beginning in 2021, states will begin redrawing electoral boundaries for U.S. […]

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Election spending in 2020 doubled to $14 billion – 3 takeaways from a campaign finance expert

BY: - November 22, 2020

Individuals and companies spent a record $14 billion trying to get politicians elected in 2020, according to the latest estimate, more than double the $6.5 billion expended in 2016. What do donors get for parting with all that cash? Some of those who put large sums toward supporting a winner, such as President-elect Joe Biden, […]

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Polling could use an irreverent figure like this Iowa native to reset expectations

BY: - November 13, 2020

Polling is hardly a flamboyant field that attracts a lot of colorful characters. It is a rather reserved profession that now finds itself under siege in the aftermath of yet another polling surprise in a national election. The field is buffeted by intense criticism – by even extreme claims that it may be doomed – […]

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Biden wins – scholars on what it means for race relations, U.S. foreign policy and the Supreme Court

BY: , and - November 8, 2020

The American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term. President’s Trump’s tenure lasted just four years, but in that time he dragged policy on an array of key issues in a dramatic new direction. Joe Biden’s victory, confirmed by the Associated Press […]

AP reports Joe Biden is the next president

BY: - November 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college. The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 […]

Some in GOP echo Trump’s boast he’ll win with ‘legal votes’

BY: - November 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some GOP lawmakers, including Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, have fallen in line with President Donald Trump’s claim that he will win the election if the “legal votes” are counted. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said Thursday night, without citing any evidence that votes have been cast fraudulently or […]

The fight for the presidency comes down to millions of uncounted mail ballots in battleground states

BY: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on key battleground states that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots. Here are some questions — and answers — about what’s going on in those states: Why is the counting […]

Still deciding how to vote? Here’s a guide to Iowa Capital Dispatch election reporting

BY: - November 3, 2020

In case you need to do a little cramming before you vote, here’s a roundup of race overviews, issue closeups, debate stories and more from Iowa Capital Dispatch: Presidential race   Trump to Iowa voters: Coronavirus vaccine is a few short weeks away Biden criticizes the ‘stable genius’ Trump at Des Moines campaign rally Biden […]

Des Moines’ suburbs are changing. So are the women voting in them.

BY: - November 2, 2020

When 17 high school students died in a mass school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Bailey Caskey, then a student at the University of Northern Iowa, lay on her dormitory floor. Then, she “lost it,” Caskey said. The news of another school shooting weighed heavily on the young adult.  But she said she felt […]