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Democratic candidates Hubbell and Hart hold a listening session at Kirkwood Regional Center

Fred Hubbell and Sen. Rita Hart ended the first day of their “Iowa Forward Tour” at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville on late Monday afternoon. The low-key event, a listening session for the candidates to learn about the center’s programs, was very different than the tour stop in Clinton […]

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Finkenauer campaign was responsible for text messages sending voters to the wrong polling places

Abby Finkenauer’s congressional campaign was responsible for the text messages containing erroneous information about where to vote in the primary election that were sent to voters in five Iowa counties on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s office. On Wednesday afternoon, the office issued a press release explaining that a vendor working […]

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Hubbell, Wahls and Dejear win, and other notable results from the 2018 primary election

Fred Hubbell won the Democratic nomination for governor with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. For months it was widely speculated that none of the six Democratic candidates for governor would receive 35 percent of the vote, which would leave the selection of the nominee to the Democratic Party convention. Even though the primary […]

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Suspicious text messages sent to Johnson and Linn County voters direct them to the wrong polling place (Updated)

Update: According to the Secretary of State’s office, four counties have now reported text messages to voters providing incorrect voting locations, as well as texts claiming the Democratic primary is “tomorrow,” instead of Tuesday. Kevin Hall, communications director for the Secretary of State, said the affected counties are Johnson, Linn, Black Hawk and Winneshiek. “It […]

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Two seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors will be on the primary ballot

Two members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors will be selected by voters during the June 5 primary. No other county-level office will be decided on Tuesday. Johnson County Treasurer Thomas Kriz, Recorder Kim Painter and County Attorney Janet Lyness — all incumbnents and all Democrats — are running unopposed. There are three candidates […]

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Democratic candidates for governor address marijuana and core values at final joint appearance

What the legal status of marijuana should be stood out as a rare point of disagreement among the five remaining Democrats in the race of governor during a televised joint appearance at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines on Wednesday night. It was the final such event of the primary campaign, and […]

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After years of representing the U.S. overseas, Janice Weiner is running to represent Coralville in the Iowa Senate

Janice Weiner believes her long career representing the U.S. as a diplomat gave her the skills needed to deal with the Republicans in the state legislature. “Everywhere I went, I had to get to know people and build relationships across the political spectrum in each country. I had to understand what was important to them, […]

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Democratic candidate for governor Nate Boulton accused of sexual misconduct (Updated)

Update: On Thursday morning, Nate Boulton announced he was suspending his campaign for governor. On Wednesday, the Des Moines Register broke the news that three women have accused Nate Boulton of “touching them without their consent.” Boulton, a first term state senator, is currently running for the Democratic nomination for governor. The Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel […]

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E-bills can now be used for voter registration, and Sec. of State Paul Pate wants credit for it

Last year, the legislature made it harder to vote in Iowa by imposing new ID requirements and cutting early voting hours, but a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds last week will make it easier to register to vote. Iowans will now be able to use emailed utility bills, instead of just snail-mailed paper ones, […]

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A field guide to voting in Iowa in 2018

Elections for governor in Iowa tend to be sedate, even dull, affairs, just like the man who won most of them over the last four decades, Terry Branstad. But things are different this year, so Little Village prepared this short guide for your hike to the ballot box. […]

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Early voting starts for the June primary

Early voting for the June 5 primary started on Monday, just 29 days before election day. Early voting in Iowa used to start 40 days before an election, but the early voting period was trimmed by the Iowa legislature as part of the new restrictions on voting it passed last year. “That absentee window has […]

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Letter to the editor: Vote for Janice Weiner for Iowa Senate

In 1984, when Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro were running as the presidential and vice presidential Democratic candidates, the Iowa Democratic Party hired a young woman as their only Johnson County field organizer. Her job was to “get out the vote” for the Democrats. Her name was Janice Weiner, and she had just finished law school. I, too, worked on that effort. […]

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