No more “canceled” votes

April 23, 2015 0 Comments

Between 1985 and January of 2015, Iowa voters grew accustomed to seeing Senator Grassley vote one way and Senator Harkin vote the other way when it came to the contentious issues of the day. Now, with Joni Ernst holding Iowa’s other U.S. Senate seat, we are getting a different picture. As mentioned in a previous […]

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Bush’s lead could be trouble for Iowa

April 20, 2015 0 Comments

Results from a CNN/ORC poll released Monday morning are not particularly surprising, but may spell trouble for the GOP in Iowa should the results hold. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has a sizable lead over her potential Democratic challengers, polling at 69 percent, 58 points ahead of Joe Biden who is in second. Among […]

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Hillary makes Iowa irrelevant (for the Democrats)

April 13, 2015 0 Comments

The Iowa Caucuses have always been about the “expectations” game. A candidate who fails to win but exceeds expectations gets a boost in terms of media coverage and attention going forward into the New Hampshire primary. Examples abound, including: John Kerry and John Edwards in 2004, Mike Huckabee in 2008, Pat Robertson in 1988, George […]

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1st District tossup

April 9, 2015 0 Comments

With Gary Kroeger’s announcement, three candidates are now seeking the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District in Iowa to challenge current U.S. Representative Rod Blum. Why such interest? As was mentioned prior to the 2014 election, the district leans Democratic. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, as of April 3, 2015, 32.3 percent […]

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Iowa Republicans stand firm against “clean” DHS bill

March 3, 2015 0 Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a “clean” appropriations bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. This had become a serious point of contention within the Republican Party, with some Republicans arguing that funding should be contingent upon defunding immigration provisions backed […]

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Ernst quickly establishing conservative vote record

February 27, 2015 0 Comments

Iowa’s junior Senator Joni Ernst joined 30 other Republican Senators, including Charles Grassley, in voting against a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday. The bill would fund the DHS through September 30, and allow for a separate vote on the controversial provisions on immigration that stalled the same funding […]

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The “gas tax” session or something else?

February 25, 2015 0 Comments

Big news from the State Capitol on Wednesday. Governor Branstad signed into law a bill raising the state’s gasoline tax by 10 cents, the first increase in 26 years.  Like commercial property tax reform before it, this change took years of advocacy and finally passed only after leaders from both parties were firmly committed to […]

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Caucus time!

February 24, 2015 0 Comments

Who will win in Iowa and New Hampshire? Politico has started a weekly blog based on a poll of insiders from each state. Findings from the first and second weeks can be found here: February 14: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/iowa-new-hampshire-the-politico-caucus-115170.html?hp=t1_r February 21: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/the-poltico-caucus-christie-slips-from-first-tier-115344.html Thus far, few question the inevitability of Hillary Clinton’s path to the Democratic nomination. But […]

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Hillary Clinton’s dilemma in Iowa

February 3, 2015 0 Comments

Hillary Clinton’s prospects in Iowa in 2016 hinge on which set of voters she is facing: caucus-goers or November voters. Among likely Democratic caucus-goers, Hillary Clinton is in prime position should she decide to run.  The latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll showed Clinton with a commanding lead with 56 percent support, compared to just 16 […]

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Should we expect an active legislative session?

January 22, 2015 0 Comments

The fundamentals of the state have not changed. Economic factors, particularly the state’s unemployment rate, is relatively stable (and low) and continues to remain well below the federal unemployment rate. The political atmosphere has also remained relatively stagnant. Yes, the 2014 elections produced some big national changes, but the effects were relatively mild in Iowa. […]

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