State elections

Hatch campaign scales back TV advertising, but not campaigning

CEDAR RAPIDS — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is off the air.

And cable and radio and the Internet.

Although he’s trailing five-term GOP Gov. Terry Branstad by 6 to as much as 24 percentage points in variou [...]

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Ernst’s approval ratings up, Braley’s falling, new poll shows

CEDAR RAPIDS — A fresh poll from a Democratic polling firm shows state Sen. Joni Ernst leading U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, but the contest for an open U.S. Senate race remains within the poll’s 2.8 percent margin of error.

PPP [...]

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Challenger goes on attack in Iowa Attorney general candidate debate

JOHNSTON — Republican challenger Adam Gregg came out swinging Thursday, saying he would do more to represent Iowans, protect farmers and shield consumers from cyber crime than eight-term Democrat Tom Miller has done as Iowa attorney general [...]

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Branstad leading Hatch by just 46 to 40 percent, Rasmussen poll shows

DES MOINES — The latest poll on Iowa’s gubernatorial race suggests the race is much closer than previous surveys have shown.

The conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports on Monday published the results of its poll, conducted last [...]

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Braley, Ernst focus on smaller events

DES MOINES — Iowa voters are getting a heaping helping of Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst on their television sets.

The high-stakes battle for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat has produced a litany of campaign advertisements, from [...]

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Branstad, Hatch trade charges in second debate

BURLINGTON — Accusations of mismanagement and impropriety flew between Republican Gov. Terry Brantad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch on Saturday night as the two exchanged blows during a debate over misused state tax credits, campaign [...]

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More riding on debate for Hatch than Branstad

DES MOINES — Democratic challenger Jack Hatch needs a “breakout moment” or a breakdown by incumbent Republican Terry Branstad in Saturday evening’s face-to-face debate to tighten Iowa’s 2014 race for governor in [...]

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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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