Fourteen Iowa House Democrats who seem content to stay in minority forever

Iowa Democrats are in a deep hole, controlling only 20 of the 50 seats in the state Senate and 41…

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When Iowa’s Republicans overturned rule on gun checks for mentally ill

After yet another mass murder involving an assault weapon made national news, Senator Chuck Grassley told reporters on February 15,…

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Four Senate immigration bills fail: How Grassley and Ernst voted

With less that three weeks remaining until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires, the U.S. Senate voted today…

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Dennis Guth: Profile in ignorance

Word to the wise: don’t assign Republican State Senator Dennis Guth any task that involves fact-finding. One of the loudest…

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Iowa lawmakers won’t vote on death penalty this year

Fifty-three years after a Democratic-controlled legislature and Democratic governor abolished the death penalty in Iowa, Republicans lack the support to…

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Martin O’Malley keeping the focus on other Democrats, for now

“Are you excited to have someone to rally around to send to Des Moines?” former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley asked…

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Heartbeat bill advances where personhood failed

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would ban nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can…

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Weekend thread: Big Iowa problems

A majority of Iowans think mental health services, student loan debt, child welfare services, state university tuition, and the state…

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Iowa Republicans in Congress split on deal to keep government open

The deal to keep the federal government open until March 23 revealed unusual fissures among Republicans who represent Iowa in…

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Firm representing Connie Schmett regularly appears before her state board

The attorney Connie Schmett retained for a recent ethics inquiry is a partner in the BrownWinick law firm, which represents…

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