Is Iowa headed for an even bigger political mess?

Is Iowa headed for an even bigger political mess?

Iowa’s Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for a major annual gathering of evangelical Christians this weekend, […]

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

Branstad hasn't approved any payments, but eligible patients received them anyway.

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 GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, in a compromise, put Gov. Terry Branstad in charge of signing off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. […]

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 the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of […]

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists. Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party — one that ideological crusaders have […]