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Rita Hart drops her challenge of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election, citing the GOP’s ‘toxic campaign of political disinformation’

Rita Hart announced on Wednesday afternoon she is withdrawing her challenge to the 2020 election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Hart, a Democrat, lost the race for the district’s open seat to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by six votes, according to the results certified by the state canvassing board. “After many conversations with people I […]

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U.S. House Committee will take up Rita Hart’s challenge to Rep. Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in IA-2

The U.S. House committee charged with evaluating election challenges decided on Wednesday to consider Rita Hart’s challenge to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ victory in the November 2020 election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. That race was the closest in the country last year. Miller-Meeks, a Republican, won the open seat that had been held by Democrat […]

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State Republicans pass bill to restrict early voting, voting by mail and voting on Election Day in Iowa

Just eight days after it was introduced in the Iowa Legislature, a bill that would make it harder to vote but easier to remove people from voting rolls, and creates new criminal liability for local election officials, received its final approval. On Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled Iowa House of Representatives sent the bill to Gov. […]

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Bernie Sanders stays warm, becomes a meme, starts popping up in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Marion

Sen. Bernie Sanders suddenly seems to be everywhere. In little over a day, the Vermont senator has movie cameos, appeared in classic paintings, visited New York and joined the crew of he starship Enterprise — all thanks to a photo from President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The original photo was taken by photographer Brendan Smialowski for […]

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Mariannette Miller-Meeks asks a Congressional committee to dismiss Rita Hart’s election challenge

An attorney for Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was provisionally sworn in as the representative for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Jan. 3, is officially asking the House Committee on Administration to dismiss Rita Hart’s challenge to Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in the November election. Attorney Alan Ostergren told the Des Moines Register that on Thursday Miller-Meeks will […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst won’t say if she’ll object to certifying Biden’s win; other Iowa Republicans accept Trump’s loss

With less than a day left before Congress is scheduled to certify the votes of the Electoral College, confirming Joe Biden’s win, Sen. Joni Ernst had not yet decided whether she will join Donald Trump’s latest attempt to nullify the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. “Sen. Ernst is continuing to hear from Iowans […]

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Miller-Meeks sworn in as new representative for the 2nd District as the challenge to her election continues

Mariannette Miller-Meeks was sworn in as the representative from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Sunday. But unlike the other 434 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller-Meeks status is still uncertain as the House considers a challenge to the results of the Nov. 3 election. Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for the open seat […]

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Citing 22 votes she said weren’t counted, Rita Hart asks House of Representatives for a recount in Iowa’s 2nd District

Rita Hart said she would file a Notice of Contest with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, her campaign announced in a statement, asking the House Committee on Administration to investigate the results of the election for the open seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and possibly conduct a recount of […]

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Gov. Reynolds supports 16-state effort to invalidate millions of votes, but wasn’t asked to join it (Updated)

In her latest demonstration of loyalty to Donald Trump, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she supports a lawsuit to throw out millions of votes cast by the citizens of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which would clear the way for the Republican-led legislatures in those states to appoint Electoral College members who would then vote for […]

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