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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.