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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care, reduced union bargaining rights, expanded access to guns and decreased support for public education. But it was liberals Gov. Kim Reynolds called “unhinged,” at her first campaign fundraiser. Public statements by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst called in question how well-hinged Iowa’s two U.S. Senators are. Meanwhile in the Iowa State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill tried to convince the public there’s no problem with sexual harassment in the Republican caucus (a jury disagreed). The Democratic state Senate caucus, on the other hand, made news by replacing Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg as its leader, even though Hogg had held the position for less than a year. […]

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Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg voted out as Minority Leader

Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids is out as minority leader in the Iowa State Senate, following a vote by the chamber’s Democratic caucus on Sunday. Hogg had only been minority leader since last November. He was elected to the position after Mike Gronstal, who had led the caucus for 20 years, lost his seat in the 2016 election. […]

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State Sen. Rob Hogg calls for Congressman Steve King’s resignation over controversial statements

Iowa State Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) called for the resignation of Iowa Congressman Steve King Monday, March 13. King has been under fire for a Sunday, March 12 tweet in support of far-right Dutch candidate Geert Wilders that critics say was racist. […]

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Seeing red: Republicans take control of Iowa Legislature, Democrats vow to fight

By Lauren Shotwell and Eleanore Taft With the gaveling in of the 2017 Iowa Legislature, Republicans took control of both chambers. With control of the Iowa House, Senate and the Governor’s Office, Republicans stand poised to take action. “Today is a new day, a day that we embark on a new direction in Iowa,” said […]

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GOP state sen dumps party over Trump remarks; Judge to face Grassley; Johnson County incumbents advance

In the Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors race, incumbents Rod Sullivan and Lisa Green-Douglas with restaurant owner and slow food advocate Kurt Michael Friese will advance to the November election. So far, no Republican has entered the race. — Former State Sec. of Agriculture and ex-Lt. Governor Patty Judge, of Albia, beat three other Democratic […]

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Patty Judge ducks some Dem senate debates

Democratic Senate Debates STAR-PAC, First Christian Church, Des Moines — Sunday, May 15 at 4-6 p.m. Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport — Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Waterloo — Sat., May 28 at 12 p.m. Iowa Public Television — Wed., June 1 at 7 p.m. For the first time […]

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