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Iowans disapprove of Trump, but Iowa Republicans in Congress keep voting for his policies

A majority of Iowans disapproved of President Trump’s actions during his first year in office, according to a new analysis by Gallup. But that didn’t stop any of the Republicans who represent the state in Congress from voting with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. […]

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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care, reduced union bargaining rights, expanded access to guns and decreased support for public education. But it was liberals Gov. Kim Reynolds called “unhinged,” at her first campaign fundraiser. Public statements by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst called in question how well-hinged Iowa’s two U.S. Senators are. Meanwhile in the Iowa State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill tried to convince the public there’s no problem with sexual harassment in the Republican caucus (a jury disagreed). The Democratic state Senate caucus, on the other hand, made news by replacing Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg as its leader, even though Hogg had held the position for less than a year. […]

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Steve King and Chuck Grassley react to latest accusation of a Republican sexually abusing a woman

On Thursday, Rep. Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley both reacted to a story published earlier in the day by The Washington Post, which detailed allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually molested a teenage girl. King tweeted something pro-Moore, while Grassley chuckled in response shouted questions from reporters. […]

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Sam Clovis is out one day after Sen. Grassley defended his nomination to be the top scientist at the USDA

Iowa’s Sam Clovis is no longer President Trump’s nominee for the top scientific position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was announced on Thursday that Clovis sent a letter to Trump asking that his name be withdrawn because he did not want his nomination to be “a distraction or negative influence.” […]

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Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst help kill a rule protecting consumers from predatory banks and credit card companies

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted this week to kill a regulation that was widely considered to be a landmark piece of consumer protection. The regulation was created in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop banks, credit card companies and… […]

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Sen. Grassley skips town hall meetings in Johnson, Linn and other big Iowa counties for the fifth straight year

Chuck Grassley

Last week, the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator had completed another annual tour of all the state’s 99 counties. But once again, he skipped town halls in the biggest counties. […]

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Grassley speaks: The senator talks to reporters about the health care bill, but stresses politics over substance

Chuck Grassley

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office didn’t respond to questions from Little Village about the senator’s position on Cassidy-Graham, the Affordable Care Act repeal bill Republicans are rushing through the U.S. Senate, hut Grassley has finally spoken publicly about the bill. He did not, however, directly address how he intends to votes, and from his comments, it’s not clear if Grassley understands what is in the bill. […]

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Sens. Grassley and Ernst won’t say where they stand on a health care bill that would have a massive impact on Iowans

The latest Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the Graham-Cassidy bill — would remove protections for people with preexisting conditions, create new restrictions on women’s health care and reduce subsidies for individuals buying their own insurance. […]

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