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Rita Hart announces she’s running for Congress

Rita Hart, the former state senator who was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in 2016, announced she is running for Congress on Tuesday morning. She made her announcement in a video posted on Twitter, which shows her on the Clinton County farm. “I understand the issues that rural Iowans face, because this is where […]

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Letter to the editor: Draft Ross Wilburn for Congress

By Mary Gravitt, Iowa City Dave Loebsack has decided to retire from Congress. Now it’s announced that the 2nd Congressional District is in danger of being lost to the Kochtopus. The only answer to this is to draft Ross Wilburn to take Loebsack’s place on the ballot in 2020. Wilburn has political experience, having served […]

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Dave Loebsack will not run for reelection in 2020

Rep. Dave Loebsack announced on Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2020. “I have enjoyed beyond my expectations serving the people of Iowa’s Second District for the past 13 years,” the Iowa City Democrat said in a statement. Loebsack was first elected to Congress in 2006, when he defeated Jim Leach, a […]

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Iowa’s congressional Democrats vote to end President Trump’s ‘state of emergency’ at the border

Iowa’s three congressional Democrats — Rep. Cindy Axne, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and Rep. Dave Loebsack — joined 242 fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting for a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. All 232 House Democrat participating in the vote approved the bill, […]

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Hubbell leads Reynolds in first poll on Iowa governor’s race

The first poll in the 2018 Iowa governor’s race shows Democrat Fred Hubbell leading Republican incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds. On Monday, Emerson College released polling data on the governor’s race, the races in all four Iowa Congressional districts and Iowan’s views of President Trump.
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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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Iowa City NoDAPL protest urges divestment, solidarity

By Lauren Shotwell and Emma Husar Anti-pipeline protesters occupied the lobbies of U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack’s office and the downtown Iowa City branches of Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank on Wednesday before hanging banners off the Burlington and Riverside pedestrian bridge in solidarity with protesters at Standing Rock. The protests happened as the 2 p.m. […]

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Election 2016: Iowa Republicans hang on to their congressional seats

In an election that swept Donald Trump into the White House, a number of Iowa Republicans hung on to their seats, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and U.S. Reps. Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young. Grassley, 83, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, faced criticism for his decision to block hearings on the Supreme […]

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Clinton aimed for women voters during NewBo City Market rally

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Clinton stood among a crowd in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market to rally voters, especially women, and encourage them to take advantage of early voting opportunities. The girl power theme was hard to miss, from T-shirts declaring “Madame President” to the speeches from local female candidates and […]

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Loebsack, Peters agreed to disagree on role of federal government

Democrat incumbent Dave Loebsack faced off against Republican challenger Christopher Peters during a public forum on Monday in the race for Iowa’s second district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The two occasionally agreed on issues such as lowering costs by opening up competition for pharmaceutical drugs and reforming immigration. But they frequently disagreed […]

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Loebsack defends Syrian refugee vote

At a political symposium this morning at the University of Iowa, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack defended his vote supporting extra security measures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and acknowledged the sour reaction by some constituents on his Facebook page. The flak he received surrounds his vote for the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of […]

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