State elections

Hatch says he offers vision for Iowa, while Branstad ‘out of ideas’

DES MOINES — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jack Hatch told a business group Thursday he offers a vision to “light the fuse on an economic explosion,” while five-term GOP incumbent Terry Branstad sadly is “rebrandi [...]

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New poll: Branstad has 60-37 percent lead over challenger Hatch

CEDAR RAPIDS — Gov. Terry Branstad looks “unstoppable” in his bid for a sixth term, according to a poll released this morning.

Branstad’s lead over Democratic Des Moines state Sen. Jack Hatch has grown to 60 perce [...]

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New poll shows Ernst leading Braley by 6 percent in Iowa Senate race

Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley in the race for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Ernst led Braley, 50 percent to 44 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll, which sur [...]

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Branstad willing to look at medical marijuana proposals

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he has not ruled out a proposal to grow and dispense marijuana for limited medical use, but he added any such arrangement would have to be under tight state regulation to prevent illegal purposes [...]

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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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In accepting tributes, Harkin asks one more election favor

INDIANOLA — It was Sen. Tom Harkin's party, but he also was the guest of honor as speaker after speaker praised and thanked him for 40 years of service in Congress.

The Iowa Democrat, who will retire from the U.S. Senate in January, [...]

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Iowa Secretary of State candidate Pate wants to encourage voter turnout

CEDAR RAPIDS — Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has released his plan to encourage voter participation, strengthen election integrity with verifiable voter identification and embrace technology to make voter regist [...]

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Dubuque County Libertarian plans penny-a-vote campaign strategy

CEDAR RAPIDS — Some people might call it a gimmick, but David Snowden Overby, a self-described “old liberal from the ’60s,” prefers to call his Election Day plan to pay people to vote for him “guerrilla theater.& [...]

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Poll: Branstad stretches lead over Hatch to 22 percent

DES MOINES — Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has posted a wide lead over Democratic challenger Jack Hatch in a new Loras College Poll conducted after the Labor Day holiday.

The survey of 1,200 likely 2014 general election voters conduc [...]

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McCain condemns NextGen Climate attack on Ernst in Iowa ads

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. John McCain is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley to condemn a super PAC’s ad claiming Republican Joni Ernst is undercutting American troops’ efforts.

“This time they’ve gone [...]

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Loras poll shows Braley taking lead in U.S. Senate race

CEDAR RAPIDS — A new poll showing Iowa Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley opening a lead over Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is an indication he’s gaining momentum, but U.S. Senate race is far from over, according to the Braley camp [...]

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U.S. Senate candidate Ernst counters attack ads in Waterloo stop

WATERLOO — In a campaign appearance in her opponent’s home community, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst welcomed the opportunity to not only distinguish herself from him but also address the caricature of her being painted [...]

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Governor’s race in Iowa set to intensify

DES MOINES — Democratic challenger Jack Hatch said Tuesday he will spend the next two months working to convince Iowans he offers a better future course to lead Iowa than Gov. Terry Branstad’s record of abuse, mismanagement and unmet [...]

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GOP calls Democrats’ ‘Koch problem’ attack on Ernst ‘just bomb throwing’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Democrats launched a new salvo in their attack on Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst’s connection to the billionaire Koch brothers.

“They’re trying to buy Tom Harkin’s seat,” Iowa D [...]

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Vernon: ‘Pay-as-you-go’ would have stalled Cedar Rapids flood recovery

CEDAR RAPIDS — Without I-JOBS and other state assistance, Cedar Rapids would be in chaos rather than recovering from nearly $5.5 billion in damage to public and private property from flooding in 2008, according to Monica Vernon, a city coun [...]

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