2022 Iowa governor’s race

COMMENTARY

Experts sidelined so Reynolds gets ‘credit’ for mental health program

BY: - July 19, 2021

If a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth, as journalist Michael Kinsley famously wrote, what do you call it when a bureaucrat blurts out the real story about a politician? That may be what happened last week, when an official from the Iowa Department of Education was apparently trying to mollify members of […]

Democrat Rep. Ras Smith announces run for Iowa governor

BY: - June 15, 2021

State Rep. Ras Smith, D-Waterloo, announced Tuesday he will run for governor in 2022, making him the first major Democrat to enter the race. Smith released a video early Tuesday to launch his campaign. The video focuses on unity among Iowans, regardless of profession, background or political affiliation. “At the end of the day, we’re […]

Reynolds disputes Sand’s claim that she used taxpayer money ‘to promote herself’

BY: - June 3, 2021

After Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report Thursday alleging Gov. Kim Reynolds illegally sought to “promote herself” through a taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness campaign, the governor said the law “clearly allows” such a campaign. The governor’s “Step Up, Stop The Spread” media campaign, which was announced in November 2020, was part of […]

Iowa redistricting plan still in limbo due to U.S. census delays

BY: - February 22, 2021

Iowa’s redistricting plan faces a schedule snafu in 2021 and legislative leaders still “don’t have any idea” how it will be resolved, according to nonpartisan legislative staff. Iowa’s Constitution says the Legislature needs to finalize a legislative redistricting plan by Sept. 1. Then, Gov. Kim Reynolds has two weeks to review the plan and sign […]

Black Hawk sheriff says he’s been urged to run for governor

BY: - February 2, 2021

WATERLOO — Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson received national attention last spring for criticizing Gov. Kim Reynolds and Tyson Fresh Meats for their response to a fatal COVID-19 outbreak at Tyson’s Waterloo plant. Now, he says he’s been approached to run for governor — a job he’s not sure he wants. “I’ve been approached. […]