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John Deere strike: Tom Vilsack meets striking workers, judge issues injunction against picketers and Iowa Republicans weigh in

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited a United Auto Workers (UAW) picket line outside the John Deere plant in Ankeny on Wednesday. The former Iowa governor showed support for the workers as the strike, which began at midnight on Oct. 14, finished its first week. “For too long in this country, we haven’t paid […]

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Johnson County and Linn County would be in the same congressional district, if new redistricting map is approved

Johnson County and Linn County would once again be in the same congressional district, if the Iowa Legislature adopts the redistricting map published by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) on Thursday. The two counites had both been part of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, before the district’s boundaries were redrawn in 2010. In the […]

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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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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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‘There must be consequences’: Rep. Cindy Axne calls for Trump’s removal while Iowa’s Republicans in Congress avoid criticizing him

All four members of Iowa’s House of Representatives delegation and both of its senators issued statements condemning the actions of the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. But only one of them actually addressed Donald Trump’s responsibility for inciting an insurrection aimed at stopping the certification of the Electoral College votes and preventing […]

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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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