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An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

While many states passed sweeping abortion laws last year, the Iowa General Assembly endorsed just one — a perplexing measure befitting one of the few legislatures under divided control. The…

Iowa Dems to Clinton: Run for President in 2016

Iowa Dems to Clinton: Run for President in 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t announced whether she will run for president in 2016. But her supporters in early voting Iowa are organizing anyway. Top Iowa Democrats gathered Saturday in Des…

Having fun with Obamacare web site woes

Having fun with Obamacare web site woes

The television ads show a series of medical mishaps: a man kicking the wrong leg in a reflex check, a urine sample bottle that won’t open for a frustrated patient…

Ethanol’s political clout? What political clout?

Ethanol’s political clout?  What political clout?

For decades, presidential candidates’ chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state’s corn-growing economy. That rule of politics…

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Failed Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, hanging on to her gadfly position with the obstinate tea party, claimed in Iowa Saturday that the right wing needs “to…

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics? Oh, get real

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics?  Oh, get real

Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm legislation last summer. A day later,…

Cruz claims shutdown ‘got people talking’

Cruz claims shutdown ‘got people talking’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month’s partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking. “One of the things we accomplished in…

Even in defeat, Ted Cruz is off and running for President

Even in defeat, Ted Cruz is off and running for President

Never mind that he lost. Tea party Sen. Ted Cruz took nothing short of a victory lap in his state of Texas this week, appearing before wildly supportive crowds that…

Ready for 2016?

Ready for 2016?

Potential presidential candidates’ recent burst of summertime Iowa visits belies this reality: No one has started to do the serious spadework of preparing for a 2016 White House run in…

Republicans run into recruiting problems in key Senate races

Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party’s best opportunities to reclaim the majority, a sign that the GOP‘s post-2012 soul-searching may end up…

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