Elections

Politics Day
5:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Politics Day: Congressmen Legacies and the Invisible Primary

Jeb Bush announced this week he's "actively exploring" a presidential run.
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The invisible primary has ramped up with Jeb Bush's declaration that he is "exploring" a presidential run.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Candidate Schools Planned Ahead of 2015 Elections

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The state board that oversees campaign finance laws plans to take its show on the road.

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River to River
12:51 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Between Now and 2016: A Conversation with Political Analyst Charlie Cook

The White House
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Over the course of the next two years, political analyst Charlie Cook says we could see some infighting in Congress.

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Special Election Needed
5:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ernst Resignation Pending in Iowa Senate

U.S. Senate Electee Joni Ernst
John Pemble/IPR

Iowa’s first woman elected to the U.S. Senate will be vacating her Iowa Senate seat. 

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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
2:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Not Quite a Record for Voter Turnout

photo by John Pemble / IPR

Voter turnout Tuesday was not as high as the historic turnout in the 2010 midterm election, but the Secretary of State's office says it came close. 

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2014 Elections
5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Home Stretch for the Governor

Branstad and Reynolds in Carroll
Photo by Joyce Russell/IPR

Republican Governor Terry Branstad is leaving nothing to chance as the November election draws near.

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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
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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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Absentee Ballots
4:38 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Top GOP Vote Absentee

Photo by Brendan C

Some top Republicans are getting involved in the party’s early voting campaign as the GOP strives to compete with Democrats on absentee ballots.   

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Grassley: Waters of the US factor in Iowa Senate Race

US Senator Chuck Grassley opposes an EPA proposal that he says would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act onto some farm fields. The EPA says the rule will help streams, like this one in Boone County.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the proposed Waters of the United States rule could influence voters in November's midterm elections. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to expand the Clean Water Act, to the protests of many in agriculture.

Grassley says the record of Democratic senate candidate Bruce Braley, who currently serves in the U.S. House, may hinder his chances.

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Election Coverage
11:07 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Debate at the Fair

Iowa’s two major party candidates for governor staked out sharply different priorities  in a debate Thursday at the Iowa State Fair.   Democrat Jack Hatch had his first chance  to go before a statewide audience with incumbent Governor Terry  Branstad. And Branstad’s long record in office  gave his challenger plenty to take potshots at.     

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Politics Day
4:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray

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We often like to think of states in terms of red and blue, and people in terms of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  But, the Pew Research Center finds our politics offers many more shades of gray.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Pew researcher about their latest political typology study and what hints it might provide for the upcoming midterm elections.  Are you a "Young Outsider," or a "Hard Pressed Skeptic?"  You can take the quiz

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Politics Day
4:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

November Matchups Set

David Young, the Republican nominee for Congress from Iowa's third district
Young for Iowa

The last round of primary elections until August was held on Tuesday.  Most of the matchups for the November midterm elections are set, including Iowa's contests.  In a surprise victory this weekend, delegates to the third district Republican convention, chose David Young, former Chief of Staff for Senator Charles Grassley, as their nominee.  That despite his fifth place finish in June 3rd voting.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa ab

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News Buzz
3:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Who Decides? A Third Congressional District Convention Primer

The candidates for the GOP nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. From top left, Matt Schultz, Joe Grandanette, Brad Zaun, Robert Cramer, Monte Shaw and David Young

For the first time since 2002, the GOP nominee in Iowa's third congressional district will be decided by convention.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with former Iowa House Speaker Brent Siegrist.  He was one of the candidates vying for the republican nomination in the 2002 primary.  After three ballots, and a close vote convention delegates chose then State Senator Steve King.

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2014 Voter Guide
12:19 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Candidate Profile: Joni Ernst

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst
Credit Joni Ernst for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
11:54 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Candidate Profile: Matt Whitaker

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker
Credit Matt Whitaker for U.S. Senate

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter guide
2:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Steve Rathje

First District Republican Congressional candidate Steve Rathje

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Steve Rathje. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:54 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver

First District Republican Congressional candidate Gail Boliver
Credit Boliver for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Gail Boliver. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series. 

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2014 Voter Guide
1:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Anesa Kajtazovic
Credit legis.iowa.gov

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Anesa Kajtazovic. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:16 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Monica Vernon

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Monica Vernon. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
8:29 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Rod Blum

First District Republican Congressional candidate Rod Blum
Credit Rod Blum for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Rod Blum. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Politics Day
3:29 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Crowded Primary Contests Could Send Decisions to Conventions

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Iowa's primary election is next week.  Both major parties will be choosing their candidates for the November election.  Host Dean Borg talks with Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at University of Northern Iowa about the two congressional races drawing the most attention.  Iowa's third and first districts will be open contests, with no incumbent seeking re-election.  You can learn more about the candidates and their positions on a variety of issues

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Politics Day
2:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Iowa Midterm Races Heating Up

USA.gov

Iowa's June primary election is heating up.  Republican senatorial candidates have been debating, buying ads, and collecting big name endorsements.  But, only one will be campaigning to take incumbent Democrat Tom Harkin's seat.  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.

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Politics Day
4:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Elections Send Mixed Messages

Vaguely Artistic

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.  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.

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News
10:31 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Highlights around the State: Election 2013

The 106-year old Polk County Courthouse will see rennovations.
Stephen Matthew Milligan Wikimedia Commons

$81-million Bond Referendum approved for court services in Polk County

Iowa City bars will remain 21-only after 10 p.m. 

Cedar Rapids approves Local Option Sales Tax for road repair

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News
4:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

As cities mull over bond ratings, debate gets ugly in Coralville

The Iowa City suburb has seen significant growth in recent years.
Dean Borg Iowa Public Radio

Most cities and towns are selling bonds to borrow money. But Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg  reports some Iowa cities have a big advantage in the cost of borrowing.    

Coralville’s spending on city development has conservative political groups up in arms, and at least one national organization has turned its sights to the November mayoral and city council elections. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports. 

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