Statehouse and Politics

Politics
3:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ben Lange and Rod Blum both hope to represent GOP in 1st District Congressional race

Yard signs for both Rod Blum and Ben Lange are common sights in the new first district
Dean Borg/IPR

In next Tuesday’s primary election, two Republicans are seeking the party’s First District Congressional nomination. Independence attorney Ben Lange and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are campaigning for a chance at denying incumbent  Democrat Bruce Braley a fourth term representing the newly-configured northeast Iowa district.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District

John Archer (left), University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle (center) and Dan Dolan at a recent debate.
IA02RawFootage

There are going to be a lot of political fireworks in Iowa between now and November: President Obama and Governor Romney, Congressman Steve King and challenger Christie Vilsack to name a couple examples. But one race that’s flying mostly under the radar so far is in Eastern Iowa, where Republicans are hoping they have a shot at Democratic congressman Dave Loebsack. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells has the story.

Politics
6:54 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines

President Obama spoke to a crowd of about 2,500 supporters at the Iowa State Fair grounds in Des Moines.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio


President Obama is becoming a familiar face in Iowa again. Yesterday, he made his third visit to the state this year, which he won in 2008.
Mr. Obama discussed renewable energy at a manufacturing plant in Newton before rallying about 2500 supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

If Mr. Obama’s job four years ago was to woo voters, this time the message is more like “I Still Need You.”

"This election’s gonna be even closer than the last one. And by the way the last one was close. People don’t remember, it was close," he says.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Romney visits Iowa

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to voters in Des Moines on May 15, 2012
Clay Masters/IPR

Iowa supporters of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed up at a hotel in downtown Des Moines to get a firsthand look at the presidential candidate. Romney spent the majority of his speech talking economic issues.

Politics
7:00 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Ron Paul still in the race for delegates

Ron Paul isn't expecting to get the GOP nomination. He says he'll no longer campaign in states that haven't held primaries. But he and his supporters are pushing for delegates in states like Iowa - who've already voted but have yet to award delegates at the state convention.

Statehouse
6:04 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Legislature Adjourns

Several weeks behind schedule, the Iowa General Assembly brought its 2012 legislative session to a close with promises to return next year to complete their unfinished business.   Lawmakers say they helped put unemployed Iowans back to work.   But the Republicans signature job creation effort…tax cuts for business and industry….failed in spite of eleventh hour talks at the capitol.  

Statehouse
8:02 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Property Tax Debate

It was another day of partisan debate at the statehouse.  Advocates with  competing plans for tax cuts for business and industry appear to be dug in on their positions.  That’s throwing into question whether the legislature will meet its goal of lowering commercial property taxes to attract more jobs to the state.  

Statehouse
7:41 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Legislative Preview 5/7/12

IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for a look at what's happening in the Iowa Legislature, as lawmakers begin their third week of overtime.

Politics
4:37 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Candidates Gear up in Iowa

In critical swing states like Iowa, President Obama’s re-election campaign is already in full gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground. Meanwhile Governor Romney’s had to focus on one primary race after another, as he sews up the nomination. As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, the President’s campaign hopes their head start will make the difference in November.

Statehouse
5:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/23/12

A sunny day at the Statehouse
John Pemble IPR

IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon discuss the week ahead in the Iowa Legislature.

Statehouse
4:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Sex offenders living next to Grandma?

Rachel Groves

A sex offender next door at the nursing home? It could pose a very real problem as Iowa’s population ages. After a 95-year-old woman was attacked by a fellow resident at her nursing home, the legislature stepped forward to act. But there's been some heated debate in the Iowa Senate.

Statehouse
5:30 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/16/12

The 2012 session was scheduled to end this week. But lawmakers still have a lot of work to do. IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss what's left.

Statehouse
8:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

School Start Debate

John Pemble

After a long debate, the Iowa House today voted to put a limit on how early Iowa schools can start classes in the fall.   The tourism industry is behind the bill, including advocates for the Iowa State Fair, who say it’s hard to participate in the annual August event when kids are back in school.  But some education advocates resent talking about the school start date when weightier education issues remain unresolved.    

Statehouse
5:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/9/12

IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon discuss what's coming up in the Iowa Legislature this week.

Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Reforming Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is facing reform in the legislature. The House Ways and Means committee approved a bill that would limit what cities and counties could use TIF to do. Supporters say TIF has become a way to reel in businesses at the tax payer’s expense. Opponents of the legislation says it undermines cities and counties ability to fix blighted and underdeveloped areas. Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks reports.

Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Tobacco Tax Dispute

Some smokers have always saved money by buying loose tobacco and rolling their own cigarettes. Now a number of smoke shops around the state are making it not just cheap but very easy. But the state’s tax police are on the case.  

Statehouse
5:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/2/12

IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell preview the week ahead at the Iowa statehouse.

Politics
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Biden Shows Iowa the Love

The Vice President is plowing through critical swing states - and in Iowa, it's all about the manufacturing, baby. 

Statehouse
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School Start Date

Iowa’s tourism industry has mounted a last minute effort in the Iowa House to stop schools from starting earlier in the fall. Representatives from the lodging and travel sectors pleaded with lawmakers to let them ply their trade from June to late August without interference from schools. But there was bitter division within the Republican majority.  

Politics
12:47 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Analyzing the Speech of GOP Hopefuls

Jaime Vargas / The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism

As candidates for President continue to criss-cross Iowa, they are often delivering stump speeches that are very carefully crafted to use just the right words. But how those words are delivered can be just as important as the words they include.

Emily Woodbury, a talk show producer for Iowa Public Radio, worked with communication experts and political operatives to analyze the speech patterns of some of the candidates for the G-O-P nomination for president.

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Politics
5:30 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Iowa laws make robocalls cheap, easy, anonymous and legal

One of the drawbacks to living in the first-voting state is those automated phone messages known as “robocalls", and it’s not just pollsters and presidential contenders on the other line. Robocalls are now a staple of local elections too – and they’re not always civil.  Iowa’s Attorney General is investigating one particularly nasty example from this month’s special election. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, robocall regulations are all too easy to subvert.

Statehouse and Politics
6:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Politics

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its look at African-Americans living in Iowa. So far, reporter Rob Dillard has examined some of the educational and economic challenges they face. Now he turns to the political scene. There have been very few black politicians elected to public office in Iowa – none to statewide office. Rob met with some of these African-American leaders to find out what their time in office has meant to the state.

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Legislature Convenes
11:00 pm
Sun January 9, 2011

Legislature Convenes

Republicans flexing new majority muscle were in a triumphant mood as the 84th general assembly convened at the statehouse. But Democrats promised to protect their priorities including health care and education for young children.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun June 27, 2010

GOP Chair says he's not concerned about a possible Vander Plaats third-party run

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn about the Lieutenant Governor nominee vote at the party's convention over the weekend.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Raw milk advocates challenge FDA

Two Iowans are among a group of plaintiffs asking a court to assert their right to buy unpasteurized milk from surrounding states where it is legal, and bring it back to Iowa.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Lots of Republican hats in today's primary ring

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Drake University Professor of Politics Dennis Goldford about what to expect from Iowa's primary election. Goldford says candidates tend to run when they think the tide may turn in their favor.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Abortion Protest

Planned Parenthood of Eastern Iowa observed its 30th anniversary in Cedar Rapids. Protesters from several states showed up. Anti-abortion activists are unhappy about a new program expanding abortion services to small rural communities.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Final Gubernatorial Debate

Two of the Republican candidates for Governor attacked one another’s creditability during the final debate of the Primary season. Bob Vander Plaats questioned Terry Branstad's trustworthiness, while Branstad questioned Vander Plaats understanding of state government. The third candidate Rod Roberts tried to remain above the fray and afterward warned the bickering is dividing the party.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

State considering alcohol ban at Iowa Great Lakes for Fourth of July

State regulators say wild Fourth of July parties at the Iowa Great Lakes are endangering public safety. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Department of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sat May 1, 2010

Debate Rancor

The Republican candidates for Governor attacked Chet Culver and then each other, during the second debate of the primary campaign yesterday (Saturday). The three GOP hopefuls agreed on most issues but clashed over party loyalty.

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