Iowa 2020 general election

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 […]

After summer of protests, Senate candidates commit to different levels of criminal justice reform

BY: - October 29, 2020

Over the summer, politicians locally and nationwide felt heavy pressure from Black Lives Matter activists, as they demanded policy changes following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. In Iowa, Republican and Democratic legislators came together to pass the “More Perfect Union” plan to improve race […]

COVID-19 and health care become top priorities in Senate race as Iowans look to Congress for aid

BY: - October 28, 2020

As Iowa has remained one of the nation’s top COVID-19 hot spots for weeks in a row, the federal government’s response to the pandemic has risen as one of the central issues U.S. Senate candidates Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield talk about. From unemployment benefits to workforce protections, the virus has raised general awareness to […]

Biden, Pence plan Iowa visits this week

BY: - October 26, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will make his first visit to Iowa since the 2020 caucus campaign on Friday, while Republican Vice President Mike Pence will return to the state on Thursday. News of the events come as recent polls have shown a tight race in Iowa between Biden and President Donald Trump, who won […]

Feenstra: Protecting people with pre-existing conditions is ‘paramount,’ but Affordable Care Act has to go

BY: - October 23, 2020

Republican candidate Randy Feenstra said protecting people with pre-existing conditions is “paramount” in future legislation, but “government-mandated” programs like the Affordable Care Act are raising the cost of health care for Iowans.   Feenstra, who is running for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat, said he also supports the current law’s prohibition on benefit caps for health […]

Scholten’s magic-wand issues: campaign finance and antitrust reform

BY: - October 13, 2020

If election to Congress came with a one-day guarantee to pass any piece of legislation, Democrat J.D. Scholten said his first priority would be reforming money in politics. Scholten, who is making his second run for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat, was responding to a question Tuesday during a virtual candidate forum sponsored by the […]

Axne-Young rematch centers on health coverage, showing up for work

BY: - October 12, 2020

The rematch between Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne and former GOP Congressman David Young in many ways is a rerun of their fight over Obamacare. They also have argued over Axne missing votes due to late flights and the disruptions of COVID-19. Axne has hammered Young repeatedly for voting while he was in the House […]

Pence, ‘taken aback’ by storm damage, pledges aid during Iowa trip

BY: - August 13, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence, campaigning in Iowa on Thursday, promised assistance to Iowans devastated by this week’s derecho storm, although he offered no specifics. Pence had no tour of storm damage in his schedule but he delayed a speech at the Iowa State Fairgrounds to meet with farmers affected by the natural disaster. “I must […]


The RNC accidentally makes strong case against Iowa’s voter ID law

BY: - August 3, 2020

It may be hard to believe, but the Republican National Committee has one of the most compelling arguments yet for why Iowa should dump its burdensome and unnecessary voter identification requirements for absentee voting. That may seem especially outrageous since President Donald Trump last week mused via Twitter about delaying the general election because of […]

Linn auditor completes mailing of absentee ballot request forms despite RNC objections

BY: - July 28, 2020

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller said he was mailing out a final batch of absentee ballot request forms to voters Tuesday, despite a letter from the Republican National Committee claiming the forms are illegal and demanding that the secretary of state order the forms to be declared invalid. The RNC’s attorney, J. Justin Riemer, wrote […]


COVID-19 and local control: Is the Force really with Gov. Kim Reynolds?

BY: - July 27, 2020

Iowa’s state leaders might benefit from a brief lesson from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Princess Leia, the cinnamon-bun-haired prisoner in the original “Star Wars” movie, warns the galactic empire’s Grand Moff Tarkin about the pitfalls of authoritarianism: “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will […]

State has not moved to stop Linn County election mailings with ID numbers

BY: - July 24, 2020

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says he hasn’t heard a word from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office since he started sending out over 100,000 absentee ballot request forms to county voters that include a personal identification number (PIN). As of Thursday, Miller had mailed about 89,000 forms and was in the process of sending […]