State Senator Joni Ernst started out relatively unknown in a crowded field for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Is she now the front runner?
We look at the candidacy of Joni Ernst this week, as she gains the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA. Also on the program, a tea party primary win in Nebraska, the likelihood of immigration reform before November’s election, and looking abroad, the latest crisis in Ukraine and Nigeria.
Happy Friday! It's a "news buzz" edition of River to River, bringing you several Iowa news stories of the week.
Charletta Sudduth was eight years old when her father was incarcerated for shooting and killing a man outside a Waterloo pool hall, a crime he has maintained was in self-defense. Now her father, Rasberry Williams, will be released on parole to an assisted living facility, after serving nearly 40 years of a life sentence. We hear from her:
President Obama broke the Republicans once on taxes – now he’s betting he’ll do it again on the sequester fight. Today it's Politics Day, and we look the strategies each camp is using to win over American public opinion and the possible outcomes. Also, a new Pew poll asks, which party is more out of touch? And, Michelle Obama’s charm offensive draws fire. What’s the role of the first lady anyway?
Recent political ads from both presidential parties have caused hand-wringing on both sides of the isle. This Politics Day we talk with political experts Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University, about the latest developments on the political stage.
Mitt Romney returned to Iowa for the first time since becoming his party's presumptive nominee, and likened President Obama's economic leadership to a "prairie fire" looming on the horizon. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at ISU, and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNI. They discuss Romney's visit, Obama's talking points on JP Morgan Chase, Iowa's congressional races and Ron Paul's delegate strategy.