Politics http://iowapublicradio.org en Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politicians-weigh-immigrant-children <p>More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:06:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Clare Roth 44200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children 4th District Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer on Immigration, Iraq and Health Care http://iowapublicradio.org/post/4th-district-congressional-candidate-jim-mowrer-immigration-iraq-and-health-care <p>After serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the Iowa National Guard, Jim Mowrer&nbsp;says he's ready to serve his country in a slightly different manner.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Ben Kieffer 43797 at http://iowapublicradio.org 4th District Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer on Immigration, Iraq and Health Care Analysis on Iowa's Primary Results http://iowapublicradio.org/post/analysis-iowas-primary-results <p>Three open congressional seats from Iowa are up for grabs in this November’s midterm elections – a very rare occurrence in Iowa politics!</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, an analysis of last night's primary results for those races. Joining host Ben Kieffer are guests Kathie Obradovich, of the Des Moines Register, and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa.</p><p>Ben asks them about the candidates’ strengths, possible weaknesses, and he has them ponder campaign strategies each camp is likely to employ leading up to November.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:34:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41729 at http://iowapublicradio.org Analysis on Iowa's Primary Results When Politics and Religion Meet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-politics-and-religion-meet <p>State money is helping to build a new Christian park in Sioux City. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a Satanic statue will be erected outside a courthouse, next to the Ten Commandments.<br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41594 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Politics and Religion Meet Action Urged on Nigeria, Ukraine and Climate Change http://iowapublicradio.org/post/action-urged-nigeria-ukraine-and-climate-change <p>International outrage has been sparked by the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls.&nbsp; Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, has taken credit for the kidnappings.&nbsp; The U.S. this week pledged military and law enforcement personnel to aid in the search for the girls.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jim McCormick, Professsor of Political Science at Iowa State University about likely U.S. involvement in Nigeria.&nbsp; They also discuss the unraveling situation in Ukraine with William Reisinger, Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:37:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 40297 at http://iowapublicradio.org Action Urged on Nigeria, Ukraine and Climate Change Iowa Midterm Races Heating Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-midterm-races-heating <p>Iowa's June primary election is heating up.&nbsp; Republican senatorial candidates have been debating, buying ads, and collecting big name endorsements.&nbsp; But, only one will be campaigning to take incumbent Democrat Tom Harkin's seat.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg talks with Kathie Obradovich, Political Columnist for the Des Moines Register and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about Iowa's primary races for Congress and U.S. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:36:11 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 39940 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Midterm Races Heating Up SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action Confusing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scotus-ruling-affirmative-action-confusing <p>The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday that upholds Michigan's right to bar racial preference in college admissions.&nbsp; Or, at least we think so.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle from University of Iowa, and Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science Bruce Nesmith of Coe College about the ruling and what it means.&nbsp; The opinions are confusing at best.&nbsp; They also discuss the conflict in Ukraine, and the grassroots mobilization around a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Rodham Clinton.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:19:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39602 at http://iowapublicradio.org SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action Confusing Ukraine Crisis Deepens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-crisis-deepens <p>As the Ukrainian crisis deepens, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Donna Hoffman of University of Northern Iowa about U.S. response.&nbsp; Other topics include, the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Washington Post and the Guardian for their coverage of the NSA, a new climate change study, and Stephen Colbert's new Late Night gig.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:59:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39230 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis Deepens The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-gap-campaigning-and-serving-woman <p>Women currently make up 18.5 percent of the U.S. Congress. Yet Iowa is one of only two states that has never elected a woman to Congress nor had a female governor.</p><p>This hour, a look at the gender gap in politics – Why do women run for office less than their male counterparts? When they are in office, how do they govern?</p><p><em>Some highlights from today's guests:</em></p><p><strong>Three reasons for the gender gap in political ambition:</strong> from Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women &amp; Politics Institute and Professor of Government at American University</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:48 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39166 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Political Gap: Campaigning and Serving as a Woman Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putins-motives-ukraine-hard-decode <p>As protests continue in Eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's clear the chaos is being orchestrated by Russia.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University about Russian President Valdimir Putin's motivations.&nbsp; They also discuss the politics of equal pay, and the recent firing of Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:26:50 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38880 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmer-iowa-comment-and-castration-ad-focus-national-attention-iowas-senate-race <p><a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140325/NEWS09/303250120/Video-captures-Bruce-Braley-criticizing-Chuck-Grassley-farmer-from-Iowa-">Video </a>has surfaced of Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley at a private Texas fundraiser with trial lawyers drawing a stark contrast between a future with him serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a future with GOP Senator Charles Grassley Chairing that committee.&nbsp; In the video, Braley describes Grassley as an "Iowa farmer" who "never went to law school."&nbsp; Slate has called it the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/new Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:01:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38165 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmer from Iowa Comment and Castration Ad Focus National Attention on Iowa's Senate Race President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-sits-between-two-ferns <p>The head of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/12/289299072/feinstein-cia-tampered-with-senate-panels-work">U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly accessed computers</a> used by congressional staff.&nbsp; What comes next?</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37479 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-puts-military-alert-while-kerry-urges-caution <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/combat-ready-putin-orders-military-drill-ukraine-simmers-n38946">put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert</a>, rattling nerves in an already unstable Ukraine.&nbsp; The move along Ukraine's border caused<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/kerry-russia-must-be-very-careful-judgments-ukraine-n39236"> U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:51:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36834 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-sex-aids-and-survival <p>Iowan <a href="http://www.seanstrub.com/">Sean Strub</a> has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with <a href="http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/">HIV/AIDS</a>.&nbsp; He founded <a href="http://www.poz.com/">POZ Magazine</a>, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Sarah Boden 36536 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival Ukrainian Violence and Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-violence-and-politics <div>In about two weeks, the first of at least six Republican primaries will feature establishment Senate incumbents versus Tea Party challengers. Host Ben Kieffer and political analysts<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;look at these primaries and the GOP’s bid to retake the U.S. Senate. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, A U.N. panel accuses North Korea of crimes against humanity, and Ukraine erupts again. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:20:34 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Violence and Politics Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mixed-reviews-2014-state-union <p>President Obama stepped to the podium to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address against a backdrop of low approval ratings, a stagnant Congress and the term “lame duck” increasingly being used to describe his presidency.&nbsp; The State of the Union is often seen as an opportunity to press the reset button.&nbsp; But, an <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/28/267488606/obama-prepared-to-bypass-congress-if-needed">analysis of the list of priorities requiring Congressional action unveiled in 2013 </a>shows only two measures winning approval.&nbsp; This may have been what prompted the Pre Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:13:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35525 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union 2014 Iowa Caucuses and Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-iowa-caucuses-and-renewable-fuel-standard <p>Iowans gathered for caucuses Tuesday night, not to determine who will win nominations for President, but to determine who will control the parties.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle, and Drake University Professor of Politics, Dennis Goldford about how the midterm caucus results may impact the higher profile Presidential caucuses in two years.&nbsp; They also discuss Iowa's political leverage to reverse an EPA decision reducing the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:16:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35195 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Iowa Caucuses and Renewable Fuel Standard Political Leadership in the Spotlight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-leadership-spotlight <p>"When we talk about leadership, we often think that it's entirely under control of the individual," says Hans Hassell, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cornell College.&nbsp; But in reality, "It's not necessarily Boehner's leadership style that's causing the problems, it's the political environment."&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Hassell, David Andersen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.&nbsp; Recent stories about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as well Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:54:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 34909 at http://iowapublicradio.org Political Leadership in the Spotlight Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teen-drivers-51-ice-river-ice-over-fish <p>For this News Buzz show, Ben Kieffer talks with a variety of guests about new jobs numbers, the 51% four-year graduation rate at the University of Iowa, Matt Schultz running for congress, the Director of Iowa's Public Health Department resigning, new rules for teen drivers, concerns about ice on the Missouri River, an ice fishing update, and the remarkable beginning for ISU Cyclone men's and women's basketball.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 34694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teen Drivers, 51%, Ice on a River, Ice Over Fish Politics and a Pint with Don Gonyea http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-and-pint-don-gonyea <p>Taped on Tuesday 12/17/13 as part of the IPR Insight Series, this is a special edition of <em>River to River</em> with NPR’s Don Gonyea, recorded before a live audience in Des Moines. Host Ben Kieffer asks Gonyea about the 2013 political year, his career, and his connection to Iowa. IPR also tests Gonyea’s Iowa knowledge with a bit of trivia.</p><p></p><p><strong>Top five moments and quotes from the night:</strong></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:42:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Katherine Perkins & Ben Stanton 33755 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics and a Pint with Don Gonyea Presidential Ebb and Flow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/presidential-ebb-and-flow <p>Every presidency ebbs and flows.&nbsp; President Obama seems to be going through an ebb, as his job approval rating drops to the lowest of his presidency.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with presidential historian Tim Walch, former Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, about the ebb and flow of presidencies through history, and what they can tell us about presidential popularity today.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:28:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 32422 at http://iowapublicradio.org Presidential Ebb and Flow Jim Leach and the State of Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jim-leach-and-state-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Getting </span>“primaried”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has become a dreaded verb in politics. Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;talks&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about&nbsp;</span>intraparty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rivalry and the partisan rancor in Washington with former U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, analyst Jim McCormick of Iowa State University joins the conversation with a wide array of policy discussion and political philosophy.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:25:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 32071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jim Leach and the State of Politics Local Elections Send Mixed Messages http://iowapublicradio.org/post/local-elections-send-mixed-messages <p>In this off, off-year election local issues and races were the only things on ballots across Iowa. But, a few of those local races drew a lot of outside money and attention.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about whether outside interest groups influenced local races. We also look beyond Iowa’s borders at what gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey may tell us about the current state of our politics and parties.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:09:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 31740 at http://iowapublicradio.org Local Elections Send Mixed Messages Highlights around the State: Election 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/highlights-around-state-election-2013 <p><strong>$81-million Bond Referendum approved for court services in Polk County</strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa City bars will remain 21-only after 10 p.m.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Cedar Rapids approves Local Option Sales Tax for road repair</strong></p><p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:31:39 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren, Rob Dillard & Dean Borg & George Dorman 31690 at http://iowapublicradio.org Highlights around the State: Election 2013 Politics Day: Phone Tapping OurFriends and ACA http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-phone-tapping-ourfriends-and-aca <p> Amid allegations that the U.S. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:57:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 31382 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Phone Tapping OurFriends and ACA News Buzz: A Reopening, a Food Prize, a Homecoming, and a Pig http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-reopening-food-prize-homecoming-and-pig <p>The partial government shutdown the country just came out of is often compared to the face-off nearly 20 years ago between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. This News Buzz edition of River to River lo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oks at the aftermath of the latest clash, compares it to what happened in the 90’s, and examines how Iowa and national politics have changed since then. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:54:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30785 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: A Reopening, a Food Prize, a Homecoming, and a Pig News Buzz: A Lawsuit, a Resignation, a (Possible) Fumble, and a Lot of Birds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-lawsuit-resignation-possible-fumble-and-lot-birds <p>In this &quot;News Buzz&quot; show, hear about a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a passionate response to a football official&#39;s decision, and Iowa&rsquo;s first Globally Important Bird Area.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:22:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30115 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: A Lawsuit, a Resignation, a (Possible) Fumble, and a Lot of Birds Olympic Wrestling Restored http://iowapublicradio.org/post/olympic-wrestling-restored <p>Wrestling is back in the Olympics after being removed earlier this year. &nbsp;Hear from University of Iowa Head Coach Kevin Jackson, University of Iowa Associate Coach of Wrestling Terry Brands, and the Manager of Communication at USA Wresting Craig Sesker. &nbsp;Hear their reactions and hear what will change about wrestling in the future.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:52:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28800 at http://iowapublicradio.org Olympic Wrestling Restored Ames Straw Poll and Sorenson Ethics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ames-straw-poll-and-sorenson-ethics <p> The U.S. evacuated non-essential personnel from 19 embassies in response to a heightened threat of terrorist attack this week.&nbsp; And, back in Iowa, debate is renewed over the future of the Ames Straw Poll, and the Iowa Precinct Caucuses as new allegations emerge about Senator Kent Sorenson's endorsement of 2012 Presidential hopefuls.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg discusses these and other issues with ISU Political Science Professor Jim McCormick and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:19:07 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Dean Borg 27078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ames Straw Poll and Sorenson Ethics Obama Speech Circuit and Iowa's Political Geography http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-speech-circuit-and-iowas-political-geography <p> President Obama spoke in Galesburg, Illinois Wednesday as part of a swing through the Midwest to talk about the economy.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg gets an update from that appearance, and talks with Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa about the other speeches the President has been making in recent weeks.&nbsp; Then, Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa explains why the political geography of Iowa heavily favors Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley in his bid to replace U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:12:24 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Dean Borg 26340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Speech Circuit and Iowa's Political Geography