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Suddenly, high hopes for GOP in Iowa Senate race

Suddenly, high hopes for GOP in Iowa Senate race

A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party’s chances of regaining control of the chamber.…

Yikes! Some GOP doubt over Ryan’s budget plan

Yikes! Some GOP doubt over Ryan’s budget plan

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will have a lot of work to do in Iowa, should he seek the 2016 presidential nomination, based on the range of sour reactions to…

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…

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