Politics

Clintons to headline last Harkin Steak Fry

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hillary and Bill Clinton will return to Iowa next month to headline Sen. Tom Harkin’s final Steak Fry.

Harkin predicted his 37th annual gathering “just might be the best ever.”

“What started out nearly 40 years ago as a Read More »

Secretary of State candidate wants to improve voting access for military

DES MOINES — The Democratic candidate seeking to be Iowa’s next secretary of state offered three changes to Iowa voting laws Thursday that he hopes will increase participation in elections of military members serving overseas.

Brad Anderson Read More »

Matt Schultz to run for Madison County attorney

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is a candidate for Madison County attorney in November.

The county auditor’s office confirmed that Schultz is on the ballot as the Republican candidate running against current County Att Read More »

Iowa Gov. Branstad, Hatch trade barbs in first gubernatorial debate

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad told a debate audience Thursday he has the fire and desire to lead Iowa for a sixth term, while Democratic challenger Jack Hatch said he would offer a “fresh start” in contrast to the Republican’s stale, scandal-ri Read More »

Cedar Rapids man accused of voting three times

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s system of absentee voting is too loose and so subject to fraud, said Joel Miller, Linn County auditor and commissioner of elections, and he said a new criminal case may prove his point.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Read More »

Branstad, Hatch to debate at State Fair Thursday

CEDAR RAPIDS — A live, statewide television debate between major party candidates for Iowa governor Thursday is expected to be a big moment, especially for Democratic challenger, Sen. Jack Hatch.

“This is the first opportunity that Iowans ar Read More »

Perry: Iowa on the Cusp of Texas-like ‘Miracle’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Gov. Rick Perry, who is giving every indication he’s thinking about moving from the Texas capital to the nation’s capitol, is calling for smaller, more limited and more focused federal government that would leave much more of gov Read More »

Questions Linger about 2016 as Republicans Filter into Eastern Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It has been a busy summer for some big-name Republicans.

They've made several appearances in Eastern Iowa.

Last month New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited a Marion restaurant.

Earlier this week Read More »

Stations Refuse to Run Iowa Treasurer Commercial

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some television stations say they will not run a College Savings Iowa ad featuring Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald because it could be considered political.

Fitzgerald’s office plans to spend $150,000 to run the ad s Read More »

GOP Leaders Hope Iowa Shake-Up Draws Candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — 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 Read More »

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