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1:10 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Praise of Bipartisanship Fades from Campaign Stumps in Iowa

Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at the Opera House in Fort Dodge on Thursday, November 1st, 2012. 4th District Democratic Congressional Candidate Christie Vilsack stood behind Biden the entire speech.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

It’s the last full week of presidential campaigning and here in Iowa, we expected to see the presidential candidates a bit more. But Hurricane Sandy changed things. For the most part we got wives and vice-presidential candidates. Paul Ryan will be in Waterloo today and Vice President Joe Biden made stops in Muscatine and Fort Dodge Thursday. 

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Politics
7:53 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Ron Paul Fans Stay Active in Local Politics, As Some Snub Romney

Liberty Fest, a gathering mostly for former Ron Paul supporters, included theatrical readings of the U.S. Constitution.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

With the presidential election looming, hardly anyone is paying attention to Ron Paul anymore. The Texas Congressman ran for the GOP nomination, but has not endorsed his party’s nominee. In several places including the battleground state of Iowa, many of Paul’s supporters are still involved in politics – but not on behalf of Mitt Romney. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon reports, they’re keeping the focus close to

home.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

First District Rematch

Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Ben Lange meet for a 2010 debate at Waverly's Wartburg College. The two face a rematch in a race for a newly re-drawn First District.
Credit IPR's Pat Blank

The race for Iowa’s First Congressional District is a re-match of two years ago with Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley facing Republican challenger Ben Lange.  In 2010, Lange lost to Braley by just two percentage points. 

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Politics, election, voting
4:43 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Two Congressional incumbents square off in a battle for their political lives

Congressman Leonard Boswell at the Warren County Democrats Dinner in Indianola
Credit Sandhya Dirks

It’s Congressman versus Congressman in Iowa’s new third district. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, redistricting has put Congressmen Tom Latham and Leonard Boswell in a fight for their political lives.  

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Politics
10:47 am
Mon October 29, 2012

After Controversy, Komen says "Race for the Cure" is Beginning to Rebound

Thousands of people walked or ran in the 2012 "Race for the Cure" in Des Moines.
Sarah McCammon IPR

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And in cities across the country, crowds dressed in pink have been running and walking in the Race for the Cure. But some participants – and their dollars – have been missing from these fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation this year.

After a public outcry over a decision early this year to stop funding Planned Parenthood, the organization quickly reversed its position.

As Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon reports, Komen officials say participation is slowly coming back.

Politics
7:12 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Fact Check Friday: Obama and Romney Accuse Each Other of Lacking Specifics


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Politics
1:18 am
Fri October 26, 2012

King, Vilsack Tackle Social Issues in Carroll Debate

Republican Incumbent Steve King and Christie Vilsack listen to debate moderator Dean Borg.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Republican incumbent Steve King and his democratic challenger, Christie Vilsack squared off in a debate last night in Carroll for the newly drawn 4th congressional district. Polls show King with a slight lead over Vilsack. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the two drew sharp contrasts. 

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Politics
6:19 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama and Romney on the swing state campaign trail

President Barack Obama campaigning in Davenport, Iowa.
Credit Sandhya Dirks

It’s the last lap of the presidential campaign, and President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are fighting for every vote, and every electoral vote. That means they are spending a lot of time in Iowa. Wednesday began with a visit from the President in the morning and ended with a night time rally for Romney. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks went to both events. 

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Politics, election, voting
12:32 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Satellites sites are lighting up in Iowa

Latino's for Obama hold a block party across the street from a satellite polling place
Sandhya Dirks

In a number of swing states, early voting means people are already casting their ballots. Usually this entails voting by mail, or visiting your county elections office. But in Iowa satellite voting is increasingly popular and means something completely different, as Iowa public Radios’s Sandhya Dirks reports

It’s a bright autumn afternoon in a strip mall on the west side of Des Moines and families are stopping by La Tapatia Tienda Mexicana to get their weekly groceries.  Mary Campos is sitting in her walker at the entrance,"Buenos dios..."

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Politics
3:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Watching the debate in Iowa

Women for Mitt Romney gather to watch the final debate in Des Moines.
Sandhya Dirks

Both Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama took the stage for their final debate in Florida last night. In Iowa, the campaigns staged watch parties. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports that both camps believe their candidate went home with the win.  

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Politics
1:03 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Presidential Campaigns Focus on Iowa Suburbs

Ali and Caleb Harrelson canvass a neighborhood in the Des Moines suburb Clive in support of reelecting President Obama.
Clay Masters IPR

Both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will make campaign stops Wednesday in eastern Iowa. Recent polls show the race is still up in the air. Romney has a solid hold on rural counties here. But in a state that’s population is shifting from rural to urban, the candidates will have to take the suburbs to win. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters reports.

Politics
1:23 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Fact Check Friday: Obama on Campus

Clay Masters IPR

Last week in our Friday Fact Check, we reviewed some of the statements Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made while he was campaigning in Iowa. This week, President Barack Obama was here on the heels of the second presidential debate. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon caught up with IPR Reporter Clay Masters who covered the president's campaign stop at Cornell College in Mount Vernon on Wednesday. 

Politics
6:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Obama Reflects on 2nd Debate

President Obama made his first stop after Tuesday night's debate in Mount Vernon, Iowa on the campus of Cornell.
Clay Masters IPR

President Barack Obama made his first campaign stop after Tuesday's presidential debate. It was here in Iowa on the campus of Cornell in Mount Vernon. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the president took the opportunity to continue his fiery critique of his opponent Mitt Romney.

Politics
3:16 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Bosnian Embassy Official Visits Iowa

Tamir Waser is Political Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo
Pat Blank IPR

The trial for a former Bosnian Serb leader began today in The Hague with him defending against allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian war in 1992-1995.  At the same time an American,  Tamir Waser who serves at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, is traveling in Iowa stopping in Waterloo and Des Moines. Both cities have large Bosnian populations.   He talks with Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank

Politics
6:58 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Most Campaign Spending Doesn't Trickle Down to Small Businesses

Catherine Fields is the owner of Coffee Cat in Mason City. She says her coffee shop gets a little more traffic during campaign season, but nothing substantial.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

Living in a swing state means never-ending TV ads, lots of attention from the candidates, and dozens of campaign offices spread all over your state. 

But all that spending isn’t exactly trickling down to small businesses in local communities.

Instead, most of the spending goes to TV ads.

Politics
3:06 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Bill Clinton tries to rally the Democratic base in Iowa

It's the final weeks of election season. And,  as Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports democrats are calling on a familiar face to rally the base-- former President Bill Clinton.

Basically, they brought out the big gun. Clinton was stumping for Congressional candidate Christie Vilsack, She's in a close race with Republican incumbent Steve King. At a rally in Sioux City, the crowd showed the former President a lot of love.

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Politics
10:34 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Tom Latham and Leonard Boswell square off in Council Bluffs

Leonard Boswell and Tom Latham debate on Iowa Public Television.
Iowa Public Television

Redistricting has pitted long term congressmen Republican Tom Latham and Democrat Leonard Boswell against each other in a tight race for Iowa’s 3rd district. As Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, the Congressmen are trying to convince Iowan’s to send them back to Washington.   

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Politics
11:42 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Fact Check Friday: Romney On the Farm

Romney supporters gathered at a farm near Van Meter, Iowa on Tuesday to hear the GOP Presidential candidate.
Clay Masters IPR

With the presidential election campaign wrapping up in less than a month, Iowa continues to get lots of attention. IPR's Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with IPR Correspondent Clay Masters about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's  visit to Van Meter, Iowa on Tuesday. 

Politics
5:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Bruce Braley and Ben Lange debate on IPR

GOP candidate Ben Lange and First District Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley shake hands before the first debate of the campaign
Pat Blank IPR

The candidates in the race for Iowa’s first congressional district met for their first debate of the campaign Wednesday afternoon. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports the two are far apart on most issues..

Politics
11:21 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Romney Focuses on Farm Policy in Van Meter

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney focused on agriculture policy at his Tuesday campaign visit to Van Meter, Iowa but he also told some personal stories.
Clay Masters IPR

Still riding high off as many saw it, his first presidential debate win, Governor Mitt Romney focused on agriculture policy in a campaign stop at a farm near Van Meter Tuesday. While Romney focused primarily on farm policy, Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports the Republican presidential candidate also got a little personal.

Flanked by a John Deere tractor sporting the Romney/Ryan campaign’s trademark red, white and blue “R,” Mitt Romney addressed 1200 people on a corn field in windy northern Madison County. 

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Politics
3:16 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Eastern Iowans meets their neighbor, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan with his family at a town hall in Clinton, Iowa.
Sandhya Dirks

The first presidential debate is this week, and the presidential candidates are a little busy. So are the Vice Presidential Candidates. Paul Ryan just concluded a two day tour stumping up and down the Mississippi River, talking about the economy. To find out whether his message hit home, Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks talked to voters.

Politics
7:16 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Paul Ryan Talks Faith, Family in Eastern Iowa

Rep. Paul Ryan rallied voters at Loras College in Dubuque.
Dean Borg Iowa Public Radio

The Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman emphasized his Catholic faith and brought his wife and three children on stage with him at Loras College in Dubuque.

Politics
7:39 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Iowa First Swing State to Allow Early In-Person Voting

Iowans are the first swing-state voters to cast ballots in person.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.

Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.

At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.

Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. He says he's volunteered for the campaign on his days off from his job as a zookeeper.

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Satellite Voting Petitions

Iowa law enables anyone obtaining one-hundred voter signatures to get a satellite voting at a site of their choosing.  Election officials must hold balloting at that location for at least one day before the November 6th general election.

Politics
12:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Two buses and two takes on keeping a Justice on the bench

Bob Vander Plaats rallying to vote "no" on Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.
Sandhya Dirks

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins is at the center of two bus tours making their way across the state this week.  Wiggins is part of the court that paved the way for same sex marriage here, and he is facing the same opposition that pushed three justices off the court in 2010. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, this time the Iowa Bar Association is stepping up their involvement in the election.

Politics
2:38 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Iowa Town Celebrates The U.S. Constitution With "Libertyfest"

Host of "Libertyfest", Hampton, IA
J. Stephen Conn / flickr

The town of Hampton is recognizing the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with a week long "Libertyfest" celebration. Shawn Dietz, mayor of Hampton, wants to emphasize the historical document's impact on the nation. Though the event falls during election season, Dietz says the festivities honor patriotism and not partisanship.

Dietz joined "River to River" host Ben Kieffer in a discussion on the festivities.

Politics
6:54 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The vice presidential race takes the reigns in Iowa

This week the race for Iowa’s six electoral votes is in the hands of the Vice Presidential candidates. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks attended rallies by both Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Although they were in different parts of the state you would have thought the two vice presidential candidates were debating in the same room. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed his opponent, "the good thing about Romney picking Ryan, is that Romney’s vague promises have now been given definition."
 

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Politics
3:28 am
Tue September 18, 2012

King, Vilsack Square off in Hampton Debate Over Voter ID Laws

The Windsor Theater hosted the Vilsack/King debate.
Clay Masters IPR

Republican Steve King and Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack met in Hampton Monday night for another debate. It was the first time the incumbent met his opponent on ground that wasn’t part of his old district.  The two differed on just about every issue including controversial Iowa voter ID laws.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Former President Carter Disputes Obama's Egypt Remarks

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, spoke to students at Drake University in Des Moines Thursday.
Drake University Facebook

Former President Jimmy Carter says he disagrees with President Obama’s assessment this week of Egypt’s relationship to the United States.

The Democrat addressed students and faculty at Drake University in Des Moines Thursday. During a forum focused primarily on social justice issues, Carter was asked if he agrees with President Obama’s statement that Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy.

"No, I think Egypt is an ally of the United States," Carter says. "We know Egypt well."

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Politics
6:41 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Libertarian Gary Johnson Aims to Lure Voters from Both Major Parties

A campaign vehicle for Libertarian Gary Johnson was parked outside the Iowa State Capitol. Johnson will be on the Iowa ballot after surviving a challenge to his candidacy by supporters of Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

Most of the attention in the presidential race is focusing on the Democratic and Republican parties.  But there are, of course, third-party candidates … including former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is running as a Libertarian.

Johnson’s name will appear on the November ballot in Iowa after he survived a challenge from supporters of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He’s faced similar challenges in several other states including Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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