Most of the attention during this mid-term election season in Iowa has been on the races for U.S. Senate and Governor. However, further down the ballot, Iowa voters will determine who controls the Iowa Senate. Right now, Democrats hold a 26 to 24 majority. Democrats must hold all of their current seats, or pick up others to maintain control and are defending six seats in this mid-term election.
Democratic Senate majority leader Mike Gronstal said he’s cautiously optimistic and sees a handful of seats Democrats can pick up.
Today is the first day of the 2014 Iowa legislative session. It’s an election year, which usually means the time lawmakers meet will be short so people can go run for re-election. IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell talks with Clay Masters about the 2014 legislative session.
It’s opening day for the 2013 legislative session as all of the state’s law makers assemble at the capitol. Clay Masters speaks with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, live at the Statehouse. They discuss gun laws, the state's surplus, and other issues that may unfold during the upcoming session.
Iowa lawmakers have adjourned for the year… and now they’ll be hitting the campaign trail armed with accomplishments. Host Joyce Russell talks with legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Assistant Majority Leader in the House Steven Lukan, about what they’ll highlight in legislative races. Then, statehouse reporters, James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register, offer their takes on what did and did NOT get done.