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More than 4,000 people turned out in Des Moines last night to see President-elect Donald Trump on his first return to the state since the November election. Des Moines was one stop on his "thank you" tour of states that helped him win. Trump introduced Governor Branstad as his choice for U.S. Ambassador to China. Trump was in town just one day after news of Branstad’s appointment was confirmed. “I am honored to welcome to the stage the next Ambassador to China, your governor Terry Branstad,”...

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Just a day after Governor Branstad met with President-Elect Donald Trump the news is now official. Branstad has accepted an invitation to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Officials from both parties are weighing in. Now the speculation begins on the political ramifications of Branstad leaving office. A spokesman for the Trump transition team said it’s Branstad’s experience in public policy, trade, and agriculture that won him the job. Former Iowa Democratic Governor and now soon-to-be...

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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Gov. Terry Branstad to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, pending Senate confirmation. The word from the Trump transition team comes a day after the two men met at Trump Tower in New York City. If Branstad becomes ambassador, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds would become the first woman to serve as Iowa governor. The possibility that Branstad could be tapped for the Beijing post gained traction after Trump praised him at a pre-election rally in Sioux City, at...

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Governor Branstad will meet later this week in New York City with president-elect Donald Trump amid speculation the governor will be asked to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Branstad is rumored to be among Trump’s top choices for the job. This past weekend, a Bloomberg Politics report said Branstad is the frontrunner for the post. Branstad leaves for a previously-scheduled economic development trip to New York City Tuesday and is scheduled to meet at some point with Trump before he leaves...

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The director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy is watching as President-elect Donald Trump makes key appointments affecting drug enforcement. He’s optimistic strong anti-drug administrators will be named. Steve Lukan says Iowans in the drug enforcement and treatment community have noted the appointment of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. Lukan says there’s speculation the Trump administration may have different ideas about enforcing federal marijuana laws...

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Republican candidate Donald Trump made a practice of criticizing the media at his campaign rallies, even calling out some journalists by name. That criticism was greeted by booing, jeering and worse from the crowds. NPR political reporter Sarah McCammon was there for all of it. She spoke with Trump supporters throughout the campaign and witnessed the Trump campaign’s relationship with the media. In McCammon’s experience, the anger that many Trump supporters feel toward the press is tied to...

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Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is putting to rest persistent rumors that Governor Branstad will retire before his four-year term ends, putting Reynolds into office and setting her up as the incumbent in 2018. The governor has long denied any such intention. The rumor got new life with news reports that Branstad could become ambassador to China under a new Donald Trump administration. Reynolds was asked at the administration’s weekly news conference if she had discussed the...

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Some 200 peaceful protesters took to the streets in Des Moines on Thursday evening after gathering on the steps of the state capitol. This “Not My President” protest is one of many taking place nationwide since Tuesday's election. The event began as a rally and progressed to a march. Demonstrators walked from the capitol building, through Des Moines’s East Village, to city hall before the parade circled back. The crowd carried homemade signs and chanted phrases like "We reject the president...

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The major presidential nominees have made their final pitch to Iowa ahead of Election Day. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have had very different approaches to this swing state. “You talked to me about the skyrocketing cost of college and prescription drugs. The quiet epidemic of addiction and mental health issues, the challenge of balancing work and family,” Clinton said at her final Iowa rally held at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in late October. “That and so many other...

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One of Donald Trump’s most combative supporters, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, traveled the state Wednesday, drumming up support for the Republican candidate for president ahead of next week’s election. A standing room only crowd of Trump supporters showed up at a 7 a.m. meeting of the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale to hear the former federal prosecutor. To an approving crowd, Giuliani did not pull any punches in attacking Hillary Clinton. He called the Clinton family a...

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Donald Trump Jr. is in Iowa today, hoping to convince millennials to vote for his father. He spoke this morning to around 100 people at Iowa State University. Later, at a bar across from the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, he told the 50 people there, why he thinks his father’s campaign has been so successful. “Those other politicians, they’re talking at you,” he said. “My father is having a conversation with the people of this country, the people he’s fighting for. That’s...

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a large crowd of supporters in a Cedar Rapids amphitheater last night that he was happy to hear that the FBI is reviewing newly-discovered emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s private server. “The biggest political scandal since Watergate, and it’s everybody’s hope that justice, at last, can be delivered,” Trump told a crowd packed into a downtown riverfront amphitheater. Trump only spoke about the latest email news for a couple of...

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is speaking out against the reported behavior of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toward women over the years. But she predicts that when Iowa voters go to the polls next month they will focus on other issues. At the Branstad administration’s weekly news conference, Reynolds was asked about reports of sexual harassment and assault against Trump. “It's inexcusable, unacceptable, you know that's how I feel,” Reynolds said. “But there's a lot of...

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Gov. Terry Branstad said on Monday morning that he has “great confidence” Iowa’s Secretary of State, county auditors and poll watchers will make sure the upcoming election is “honest and clean.” But when asked about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeting that Republican leaders deny that there’s “large scale voter fraud,” the governor pivoted to discussing what he perceives as a media bias against his party’s nominee. “The integrity of our electoral process is critically important,...

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is showing no sign of pulling his support from Donald Trump. That's in spite of the fact that dozens of Republican governors, congressional representatives and senators have rescinded their endorsements of the GOP presidential nominee or said he should step down. Many of these un-endorsements came Friday and Saturday, after a video tape from 2005 surfaced. On the recording Trump brags to Billy Bush, then a co-host for Access Hollywood, about being able to sexually...

Trump Visits Iowa Ahead Of Early Voting

Sep 28, 2016
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Donald Trump’s latest Iowa visit took him to Council Bluffs this afternoon, on the eve of the start of early voting in Iowa. His visit was his latest stop in a state where he leads or is tied in most pre-election polls. A crowd of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters greeted Trump at the Mid-America Center. Just a few days removed from his first debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump touted is political inexperience as a positive. “Hillary Clinton is an insider...

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Currently 50,000 Latinos in Iowa are registered to vote, according to Iowa’s League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The organization is intensifying voter outreach in Iowa, as it wants to increase Latino registration by as many as 10,000 people. LULAC is attending all Latino festivals in Iowa, including one this weekend in Des Moines. It's also holding community events this month and in early October. Joe Henry of Des Moines is LULAC's National Vice President of the Midwest. He...

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This week, Trump lifted his ban on about a dozen media organizations he had barred from his news conferences and campaign events. One of the first of the media organizations to be banned was the Des Moines Register, whose reporters were blacklisted from his events after the paper ran an editorial urging him to drop out. Lynn Hicks, Opinion Editor at the Des Moines Register, says Trump’s decision was unexpected because the opinion section and newsroom are completely separate entities with a ...

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Donald Trump returned to Iowa Saturday where the race between him and Hillary Clinton remains very close. Trump was there for Iowa freshman Sen. Joni Ernst's Roast and Ride fundraiser, which features a motorcycle ride and barbeque. Sen. Joni Ernst led the group of more than 400 riders on a 42-mile trip that started at a Harley Davidson dealer in Des Moines and ended on the Iowa State fairgrounds. Trump did not participate in the ride. Beth Smith did. She's a small business owner in the...

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There’s one issue both major presidential candidates seem to be in agreement on. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton say they’re opposed to President Obama’s multinational trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In the swing state of Iowa, many agricultural groups are in favor of the TPP for new markets it will open for exports like Iowa pork. On this day, swine veterinarian Howard Hill is one of the fairgoers strolling down the Iowa State Fair concourse in Des Moines. Hill...

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Former Des Moines Register editor and NBC news executive Michael Gartner is weighing in on the Donald Trump campaign’s practice of denying press credentials for prominent news organizations. Gartner calls it “loopy”, but he’s downplaying the effect of the policy. “Any reporter who's worth her salt can get into anything,” Gartner said. However, a Washington Post reporter was recently barred from a rally for vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence even as a regular citizen. Reporters from the...

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A spokesman for Governor Branstad confirms that the governor has agreed to advise the Donald Trump campaign on renewable fuels and other issues, what the spokesman calls “issues important to Iowans". But the spokesman declined to comment on reports that another prominent Iowan, agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter, is on the list for a job in a Trump administration. Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes is downplaying the announcement about the governor advising Trump. “It’s not an official capacity...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is questioning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's commitment to ethanol. Grassley says Clinton has been exploring an energy policy in California that focuses on carbon reduction and relies upon a market strategy. That contrasts with the existing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates production of ethanol and other bio-based fuels. The RFS has been a boon to Corn Belt farmers. Grassley says Clinton could be considering replacing the...

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Sen. Chuck Grassley says his schedule has prevented him from attending any of three rallies GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has held in Iowa since the Republican National Convention. But Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator says he does support the candidate. Though many Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump, Grassley says that’s not the case with him. "Listen, all you got to do is go to one of my town meetings," says Grassley. "I don’t know whether these are people that are...

Trump in Des Moines

Aug 8, 2016
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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump along with his running mate Mike Pence attracted an enthusiastic crowd of over 1500 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Friday. The crowd cheered wildly as Trump repeated his call for a wall to keep immigrants out of the country, with Mexico covering the cost. And they yelled “lock her up” as Trump mocked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “Hillary Clinton lacks the temperament, judgement, and moral character to lead this country,...

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Governor Branstad today criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after Trump got into a so-called war of words with the father of a soldier who died in Iraq. At last week’s Democratic convention, with his wife by his side, Khizr Khan spoke out against Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the United States until security concerns are addressed. Trump calls that a vicious attack, and he questioned why the dead soldier’s mother didn’t speak. Branstad suggests Democrats set...

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in Iowa last night, speaking just before his rival Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. This was Trump’s first trip to the state since coming in second in the state’s kick-off caucuses. Trump told thousands packed in a hotel convention room in downtown Cedar Rapids he learned a lot from Iowa. " I went around for two months even after I won in New Hampshire. I kept going back to Iowa," Trump told the crowd. ...

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Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he will not accompany GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on his first visit to the state this week since winning the nomination, but that’s because of scheduling conflicts, and he does plan to appear with Trump in future visits to Iowa. Grassley will be on Iowa ballots this fall along with Trump, sparking speculation about how one campaign might be affected by the other. Grassley recalls in 2004, he was on the ballot with incumbent GOP...

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Donald Trump has picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as a running mate. Will a Midwesterner help Trump win Iowa votes? Maybe. During this hour of River to River , host Ben Kieffer discusses Pence with Drake University's Dennis Goldford. Goldford is professor and chair of the political Science Department, and the Flansburg Fellow at the Harkin Institute. Also Jodi Lindley of the University of Iowa talks about a new policy to make the UI gender neutral in the classroom; Sergeant Brandon...

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

In Washington D.C. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hard at work hoping to elect more Democrats to the U.S. House. In Iowa, they’ve targeted 3rd District Republican incumbent David Young for defeat. The DCCC has launched television ads linking Young to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The ads will run in Iowa through the Republican convention. The ads are running in ten congressional districts across the country. In the ads actors portray voters...

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