National elections

Clintons push for Iowa Democrats in 2014

INDIANOLA — Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon rallying support for Iowa Democratic candidates, testing the 2016 presidential waters in the nation's kickoff nominating state, and [...]

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U.S. House Iowa incumbents lead in new sampling

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s incumbent congressmen hold double-digit leads with less than eight weeks before the Nov. 4 election while there are competitive races for two open House seats, according to a Loras College poll.

It also fo [...]

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Republicans criticize Braley’s support for federal prison near Iowa-Illinois border

Republicans on Wednesday took to task Democrat Bruce Braley’s support for opening a federal prison near the Iowa-Illinois border, claiming that indicates Braley’s willingness to allow the transfer of terrorist prisoners to the Midwes [...]

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Potential 2016 candidates showing more love to Iowa than New Hampshire

CEDAR RAPIDS — In New Hampshire, an old saying goes, they pick presidents. In Iowa, they pick corn.

This year, however, Iowa is growing a bumper crop of corn and presidential candidates.

And New Hampshire has noticed.

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18 months until Iowa caucuses, candidate parade begins

Although Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses are about 18 months away, over the next few weeks at least seven Republicans who appear to have White House hopes will visit Iowa.

For some, these will not be their first visits. S [...]

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Braley: Social Security a ‘promise’ made to seniors

U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley on Thursday used a round-table with Sioux City-area seniors to continue his criticism of Republican opponent Joni Ernst's position on Social Security and Medicare.

“It's a promise we made to people [...]

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Hatch taps Monica Vernon as running mate

Joining his call for a return to competence and trustworthiness in state government, a “pleased … proud … excited” Monica Vernon joined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch in his bid for a fresh sta [...]

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Iowa Republicans size up their presidential options

WEST DES MOINES — Iowa’s presidential caucuses long have been the first event in the nominating process, but for Republicans, they lately have been a poor indicator of future success. The state’s quadrennial GOP straw poll has [...]

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Iowa Democrats see Hillary Clinton through new lens

CEDAR RAPIDS — Eleven Iowa Democratic activists had been talking about the state of the country, the politics of 2016 and a prospective presidential campaign by Hillary Rodham Clinton one recent night when they were asked two questions.

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Midterm voters’ slump could be Democratic candidates’ biggest obstacle

WASHINGTON — For a time, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley seemed to have had a cakewalk to winning the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Tom Harkin.

The Waterloo Democrat had no primary opposition. Fundraising has been very healthy.

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Lunde hopes to win primary for Iowa seat in U.S. Senate as write-in

DES MOINES, Iowa — Paul Lunde’s name won’t be on the June 3 primary election ballot, but the Ames Republican believes he can still win the party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Lunde, whose nomination papers to [...]

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Koch Brothers-connected group launches ads targeting Braley

Conservative political financiers Charles and David Koch have purchased more than a quarter million dollars of advertising in the Cedar Rapids television market to criticize Rep. Bruce Braley’s support for Obamacare.

Freedom Partners, a fund [...]

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Iowa 1st District hopefuls tout new endorsements

With little more than two months until Iowa U.S. House 1st District voters choose Democratic and Republican nominees, candidates are touting new endorsements.

In the Democratic race, former lawmaker and state utilities commissioner Swati Dan [...]

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Iowa GOP Senate hopefuls split on religious conscience law

Candidates for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate found little to disagree on when talking about what’s bad for small business: Obamacare, the EPA, big bank bailouts and overreaching Washington politicians and bureaucrats.

However [...]

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Romney supporting Ernst for Iowa seat in U.S. Senate

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is supporting Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's campaign for the party's U.S. Senate nomination.

In an email Tuesday, Romney praised Ernst repeatedly as a "proven conservative," highlighting her fiscal [...]

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