Statehouse and Politics

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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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

Handpicking Candidates

With the Republican and Democratic primaries just over a month away, legislative candidates are busy knocking on doors and handing out literature to prospective voters. But there is no primary race in the heavily Democratic House district 69, despite the retirement of long time Des Moines lawmaker Wayne Ford. Ford didn’t announce his intentions until a week and half before the filing deadline to get on the June ballot. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane beck reports some democrats are accusing party leaders of keeping the retirement a secret to avoid a primary race.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Obama in Ottumwa

President Obama received an enthusiastic welcome when he brought his White House to Main Street tour to Ottumwa. More than two thousand people turned out to cheer the president’s record so far on the economy, even though unemployment persists in southeast Iowa.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Crowded Debate

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Session Ends

The Iowa Legislature adjourned over the noon hour today (Tuesday) after putting the finishing touches on a six billion dollar budget. The final compromise includes concessions for the Governor, new incentives for small businesses, and last minute public safety measures.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Legislative Preview Week 12

Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck tells Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon about what to expect as the Iowa Legislature works to wrap up the 2010 session.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Concealed Weapons Permits

Work continues at the statehouse on the final pieces of a more than five billion dollar state budget. Lawmakers now have an eye on adjournment sometime this week. Over the weekend, the Senate found time for a long debate about concealed weapons permits.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 21, 2010

Legislative Preview Week 11

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck about what's happening in the Iowa Legislature.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 14, 2010

Legislative Week 10

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

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