Whitver, Schneider to lead Iowa Senate GOP; Failor out as top aide

Iowa Senate Republicans elected new leaders today following Bill Dix’s unexpected resignation on March 12. Jack Whitver moves up from…

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Which candidates for governor are organizing statewide?

Emily Silliman and Ellen Marie Lauricella maintain an impressive “information infrastructure for progressive organizations, campaigns, and activists in Iowa” (website,…

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Weekend thread: Statewide candidate edition

Iowa will soon have its first new secretary of agriculture since 2007. The U.S. Senate confirmed Bill Northey on February…

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Weekend open thread: Accountability

Senator Chuck Grassley hit a new low last week in running interference for the White House on the Trump/Russia investigation.…

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Silence from Kim Reynolds, Iowa GOP on latest racism from Steve King

Yet again, Representative Steve King has approvingly quoted a racist European politician. Yet again, the Iowa Republican establishment is looking…

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Nothing says “civil discourse” like Steve King as your campaign co-chair

“There is no civil discourse left and it is really sad,” Governor Kim Reynolds said yesterday, adding, “We ought to…

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Reminder: State employees can’t boost the Reynolds/Gregg campaign at work

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend instructed all her agency’s employees today “to be mindful of state and federal guidelines…

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Why did Branstad and Reynolds request transition funds they didn’t need?

Some surprising news arrived in the mail recently. In response to one of my records requests, Governor Kim Reynolds’ legal…

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IA-Gov: Catching up on Kim Reynolds campaign news

In another display of dominance intended to show there will be no serious competition in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Governor…

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Branstad restored voting rights to just 206 Iowans in more than six years

Iowa’s supposedly “efficient and convenient” process for regaining the franchise after a felony conviction resulted in Governor Terry Branstad restoring…

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