2014 Elections

Grassley on Judiciary
3:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Grassley to Oversee Obama Judgeships

Senator Chuck Grassley
Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the new Republican majority will carefully vet President Obama’s judicial appointments.

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Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Iowa is in Two "American Nations," Which One Do You Live In?

Colin Woodard's 11 "American Nations"
Courtesy of Colin Woodard

Why do we classify states or regions as “red” or “blue”? How did certain areas of the country gain particular political reputations? 

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2014 Elections
4:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Happened to Iowa Democrats?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Bruce Braley delivers his concession speech at the Hotel Fort Des Moines (11/04/2014.)
Credit Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio

“What happened?” is a question on the minds of many Iowa Democrats. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Politics Day: Mid-Term Election Analysis

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Republicans hand a major defeat to President Obama and Senate Democrats, seizing control of the U.S. Senate; and Iowa makes history, electing its first female senator, Joni Ernst.

One lone Democrat remains in Iowa’s six-member congressional delegation to Washington. This politics day, host Ben Kieffer and several political analysts examine the results of Iowa’s races and fit them into the national picture, to ask, what may be in store for the final two years of the Obama presidency?

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2014 Elections
1:38 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Loebsack Ready to Return to Washington

2nd District Democrat Incumbent Dave Loebsack is joined by his wife Terry as he speaks to supporters at The Mill in Iowa City
Julie Englander IPR

The lone Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is looking forward to returning to Congress. Dave Loebsack says they’ve been gone too long.

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2014 Elections
2:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

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2014 Elections
1:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Former Grassley Staffer Takes 3rd District

In a tight race, Republican David Young took the 3rd district.
Amanda Horvath/IPR

Republican David Young is the new Congressman from Iowa’s third district. He beat Staci Appel with 53 percent of the vote. Young says he will start working for Iowa on day one of his term.

“And you folks have the power to hire and fire,” he says.  “I’m not loyal to any party leadership, any president, this group or that group. You’re in charge here. This is self-determination, you’re the boss.”

Young celebrated his victory just a few blocks from his home in Van Meter. He says his campaign staff made a huge difference.

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2014 Elections
12:49 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Iowa's Open 1st District Goes Republican

Republican Rod Blum will represent Iowa's 1st District in the U.S. House.
courtesy of Rod Blum campaign

Republican Rod Blum, a Dubuque businessman, defeated Democrat Pat Murphy for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in a tight race that was separated by a little more than 5,000 votes. 

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2014 Elections
12:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Ernst Wins, Becomes First Iowa Woman in Congress

State Senator Joni Ernst has been elected to the United States Senate, the first woman to represent Iowa in Washington.
John Pemble/IPR

Republican State Senator and National Guard officer Joni Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress. She defeated Democrat Bruce Braley to replace Tom Harkin in the U.S. Senate. 

It was a roller coaster race throughout the campaign. But late polls showed Ernst surging. She declared her victory to a packed room at the West Des Moines Marriott. Ernst said it’s a long way from Red Oak, Iowa, to the United States Senate.

“Thanks to all of you, we are heading to Washington and we’re going to make them squeal,” she said.

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2014 Elections
12:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Branstad Cruises to Victory

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad easily won re-election.
John Pemble/IPR

As predicted, Governor Terry Branstad cruised to victory to win his sixth term as the state’s chief executive, easily defeating his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch. 

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2014 Elections
12:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Same-Day Voter Registration

Chance McElhaney of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says for those who haven’t yet registered to vote, voters will need to bring a picture I.D. and proof of residence, if the I.D. doesn't have the voter's current address.
Julia Taylor

Tomorrow is the 2014 Midterm Election. While both major parties have championed early voting, many Iowans will score an “I Voted” sticker at their polling station.  

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2014 Elections
8:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

2014 Races: From Lopsided to Razor Thin

Creative Commons

With Election Day on Tuesday, IPR’s Clay Masters spoke with Associated Press political reporter Catherine Lucey, to discuss what to expect.

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Politics Day
6:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Politics Day: One Week To Go

Ernst/Braley Campaign Facebook Pages

With the midterm elections less than a week away, the Iowa Senate race looks closer than ever.

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2014 Elections
4:46 am
Wed October 29, 2014

1st District Voter Map

The Julien Dubuque Bridge, which connects Dubuque to East Dubuque, IL over the Mississippi River.
Credit SD Dirk

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

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2014 Elections
4:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

4th District Voter Map

Loess Hills in Harrison County.
Credit Kevin Palmer

The 4th District covers the most area, but contains the fewest people of Iowa's four congressional districts. 

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River to River
4:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Jack Hatch on legislative priorities, fund raising and gaining the support of Iowa Democrats

State Senator Jack Hatch in Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines studio
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Just a week away from election day, polls show Governor Terry Branstad has a double-digit lead over Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch.

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Braley, One Week To Go

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register soapbox at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
Clay Masters IPR

Congressman Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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2014 Elections
6:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Ernst, One Week To Go

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, stumps at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
John Pemble IPR

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks with Morning Edition one week before the 2014 Elections. 

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Hatch on the Trail
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Statewide Blitz for Challenger Hatch

Jack Hatch in Albia
photo by Ryan Sharpstene/Hatch Campaign

With less than two weeks before the election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is introducing himself to voters across the state.  

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Politics Day
4:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

America's Love-Hate Relationship with Political Polling

DonkeyHotey / flickr

Two weeks to go until Election Day. Polls continue to show the Braley-Ernst Senate race is one of the closest in the nation – a contest that could decide party control in the Senate.

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2014 Elections
4:44 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

First Lady Corrects Gaffe, Urges Iowans to Vote Early

First Lady Michelle Obama urging students to vote early at a campaign event in Iowa City Tuesday
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

At a campaign rally on the University of Iowa campus, First Lady Michelle Obama joked about a gaffe she made earlier this month when she called Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley, Bruce “Bailey.” 

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2014 Elections
11:41 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Iowa's Non-Major Party Candidates in the 2014 Elections

Ulises Jorge / flickr

The Republican and Democratic parties dominate politics in our state and our country.

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Election Coverage
10:44 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Candidates in Iowa's 1st Spar in First Debate

Democrat Pat Murphy and Republican Rod Blum
Credit Photos provided by candidate's campaigns

Debating last night in Cedar Rapids, the Democratic and Republican candidates to replace incumbent  Bruce Braley in Congress sparred over issues ranging from immigration and Middle East foreign policy to the nation’s minimum wage.

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Election Coverage
7:47 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Appel and Young Debate: Round Two

Creative Commons

Republican David Young and Democrat Staci Appel debated for the second time last night at Simpson College in Indianola. The two are running for retiring Congressman Tom Latham’s seat in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.

Appel was asked whether she supports taking passports from terrorists. In the candidates’ first debate Appel said she would not support legislation to seize passports from terrorists since the State Department already has that ability.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

King: Mowrer Campaign Owes Me an Apology

Steve King at an event in Ames, Iowa in August 2011.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

Republican Congressman Steve King says Jim Mowrer, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who is running against him to represent Iowa’s Fourth District, owes him an apology.

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2014 Elections
5:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Braley, Ernst Differ in First U.S. Senate Debate

Joni Ernst, republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a debate with democratic candidate Bruce Braley.
Credit Charlie Litchfield / The Des Moines Register

The two major party candidates for Iowa’s open U.S. senate seat debated last night at Simpson College in Indianola. The debate came a day after the first Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of the general election. It shows Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley trailing his Republican opponent State Senator Joni Ernst by 6 points. Braley had the first opening statement and after a quick introduction says there are big differences between him and Ernst.

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Governor's Race
11:03 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Democratic Challenger Nixes Ads

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch has suspended  television advertising in two major Iowa  media markets,  Sioux City and the Quad Cities, at least for now.   The campaign says they’re rethinking their media buys based on how many voters have requested absentee ballots.  

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Politics
4:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Murphy: Look to Renewables, Not Frac Sand Mining

IPTV.org

Pat Murphy says he’s opposed to opening up counties in Northeast Iowa to silica sand mining.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Miller-Meeks: Troops Should Have Stayed in Iraq

Courtesy of the Miller-Meeks

Republican Candidate for Iowa’s second congressional district Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks says a mishandling of the U.S.’ withdrawal from Iraq is to blame for the current crisis in the region.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Blum: Secure the US/Mexico Border

Republican candidate for Iowa's 1st Congressional District, Rod Blum
Rod Blum for Congress

The Republican candidate for Iowa’s first congressional district, Rod Blum, says we need to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. 

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