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.
In an effort to provide voters with information about the candidates in the 2014 primary elections, Iowa Public Radio staff contacted the Democratic and Republican candidates competing in Iowa’s open congressional races.
On Tuesday, six states held nominating contests and the Republican establishment scored big wins. Are the results a bellwether for Iowa’s primaries in less than two weeks? Political analysts Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa give us their thoughts on the primaries for open congressional seats here in Iowa. Host Ben Kieffer asks how the issues of minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act are being talked about by Iowa's GOP candidates for U.S. Senate.
Candidates in the First District Primary. (Top left to right) Anesa Kajtazovic (D), Dave O'Brien (D), Gail Boliver (R), Swati Dandekar (D). (Bottom left to right) Pat Murphy (D), Steve Rathje (R), Monica Vernon (D), Rod Blum (R)
More than a year ago, the 2014 mid-term election looked like a sleepy one in Iowa. But a U.S. Senate seat and two congressional districts are up for grabs without incumbents. With the primary election a little more than two weeks away, IPR's Clay Masters takes a look at the open races. Iowa's first congressional district is in northeast Iowa and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley is leaving his seat to run for Tom Harkin’s U.S. Senate seat.
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.
All eyes are on Texas, but attention will soon turn to Iowa's primary elections and the efforts to recall a sitting Governor in Wisconsin. Host Ben Kieffer will analyze results and look ahead for signs of what's to come with Drake University Political Scientist Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus of Communications Bruce Gronbeck.