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Grassley celebrates as the Senate confirms another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved another federal appeals court judge rated “not qualified,” and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley took to Twitter to celebrate it as an historic achievement. 2day w confirmation of Jonathan Kobes to 8th circuit court of appeals the Judic Cmte which I chair+Ldr McConnell+Pres Trump made HISTORY w 30 circuit judges confirmed […]

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Steve King demands Google hand over information about its employees’ political beliefs

Steve King, the best-known and longest-serving current U.S. Representative from Iowa, took center stage at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, during which Google CEO Sundar Pichai faced repeated questions about whether the search engine is prejudiced against conservatives. That Google is deliberately skewing search results to make it easier to find information which […]

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Prosecutors say Trump committed federal crimes, Grassley says he doesn’t believe it

Sen. Chuck Grassley isn’t concerned that federal prosecutors claim President Trump led a criminal conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, defraud voters and win the 2016 election. The prosecutors’ claim came in the sentencing memo in the case Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to violating federal campaign finance law. […]

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Sen. Nate Boulton says sexual misconduct complaint against him doesn’t ‘ring true’

Sen. Nate Boulton has told the Iowa State Senate Ethics Committee that the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct may be lying, the Associated Press reported on Monday. A complaint filed last month with the committee by Des Moines attorney Sharon Wegner alleges Boulton repeatedly grabbed her buttocks at an East Village bar on […]

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‘Bring it on’: Sen. Ernst announces she’s running for reelection and supporting Trump in 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst made it official on Friday, telling reporters she will run for reelection in 2020. “I am running again. So to anyone who would like to step up and enter into that race, I say: ‘Bring it on,’” Ernst said. The announcement was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Iowa […]

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Steve King successfully pushed to erase protection for LGBTQ Americans in NAFTA revision

The revision of NAFTA signed by President Donald Trump, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in Buenos Aires on Friday contains a ground-breaking provision regarding LGBTQ rights. But thanks in part to pressure from Rep. Steve King and 39 other rightwing members of Congress, that provision won’t apply […]

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Iowa State Auditor report: Here’s what Iowa can expect to save from privatizing Medicaid

The Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a long-awaited report on how much the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has saved the state. According to the audit, the estimate of $141 million for fiscal year 2018 the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) issued in May was more accurate than the two estimates issued in 2017, […]

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Grassley backs another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘unqualified’ by the American Bar Association

With the full support of Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Senate is moving ahead with the confirmation of another federal appeals court nominee rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association (ABA). Jonathan Kobes was nominated to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has jurisdiction over six states, including Iowa — […]

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Sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Nate Boulton filed with the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee

State Sen. Nate Boulton dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in May, after the Des Moines Register reported three women had accused Boulton of “touching them without their consent,” but rejected calls for him to step down from the Senate. One of those women, Sharon Wegner, has now filed a […]

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Grassley’s big Wednesday: Named president (pro tem), pushed sentencing reform (again), rejected oversight of Trump (again) and talked Steve King

On Wednesday, it became official: Sen. Chuck Grassley will be third in the line of succession to the presidency starting in January. The 85-year-old Iowan will become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which means he will be the presiding officer of the Senate when Vice President Pence isn’t present. […]

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‘Birds of a feather’: Steve King embraces Kim Reynolds, as the governor finally tries to separate herself from King

A week after the general election, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a tentative step towards distancing herself from Rep. Steve King. “I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th district or do something else.” Reynolds said at a press conference in […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst falsely claims Mueller investigation has accomplished ‘absolutely nothing,’ and won’t commit to protecting it

During a town hall meeting in Ames on Friday, Sen. Joni Ernst refused to say she’d stop the Trump administration from killing or crippling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, and Russian involvement in the 2016 Trump campaign. “I am not going to say today whether I will protect […]

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