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Reynolds wins and Republicans keep control of the legislature despite record turnout in Johnson County

Gov. Kim Reynolds won a hotly contested race against Democrat Fred Hubbell in Tuesday’s general election. It was the first gubernatorial victory for the incumbent, who became governor in 2017 when Terry Branstad was appointed ambassador to China. Hubbell won five of the state’s six most populous counties, losing only Woodbury County in western Iowa. […]

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As Iowa’s first medical marijuana production facility opens, severe restrictions remain on the program

Iowa’s still developing medical marijuana program reached an important milestone on Thursday, as MedPharm Iowa held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Des Moines facility. “It’s about the patients, the kids, the patients who are going to benefit from these particular products,” Dr. Christopher Nelson, MedPharm’s owner, said at the ribbon-cutting. […]

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Reynolds keeps Steve King as campaign co-chair, even as national Republicans drop him because of white nationalist statements

Kim Reynolds’ continued embrace of Steve King has become an issue in the governor’s race one week before the general election. On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Stivers the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) condemned the eight-term Iowa congressman’s “recent comments, actions, and retweets.” The Ohio Republican tweeted, “We must stand up against white […]

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Reynolds and Hubbell meet in Ankeny for the first of three debates

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell took the stage at the Ankeny campus of the Des Moines Area Community College on Wednesday night for what was billed as the first debate of the candidates for governor in the November election. But the hour-long event, sponsored by the Des Moines Register and television station KCCI, didn’t include all the candidates — Libertarian Jake Porter was excluded — and the two on stage didn’t actually debate. […]

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New poll shows Hubbell ahead of Reynolds, but just barely

A new statewide poll found Democrat Fred Hubbell leading incumbent Kim Reynolds in the race for governor. But that lead was small enough to fall within the margin of error of the poll conducted by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register and Mediacom. In the poll published on Saturday, 43 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Hubbell, while 41 percent backed Reynolds. Libertarian candidate Jake Porter was the choice of 7 percent, and 9 percent were undecided. According to the polling company, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent. […]

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‘It’s just a matter of priorities’: Fred Hubbell talks about funding higher education during an Iowa City campaign stop

Fred Hubbell was the only Democratic candidate for governor this year without prior experience in campaigning, and it shows when he speaks. His lack of standard-issue political speech was on display Thursday in Iowa City, when Hubbell and his running mate Sen. Rita Hart held a meeting on higher education at MERGE on the Ped […]

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