Iowa

Iowa scrambles to keep millions from tax that didn’t exist

For six years, Iowa has collected more than $20 million for a tax that didn’t exist.
When questioned about it, the Legislature adopted the solution preferred by small children who’ve done something wrong — they…

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Braley’s ‘farmer from Iowa’ remarks could spell election trouble for party

Iowa Democrats are worried Rep. Bruce Braley’s remark that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” could come back to haunt him.
Braley’s Senate campaign is in…

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Cruz sets up showdown with Paul in Iowa

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) staked out a position as a staunch defender of religious liberty and conservative positions on social issues during a Tuesday visit to Iowa.
Cruz did not directly criticize Sen. Rand Paul…

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Iowans disapprove of Christie’s handling of scandal, poll finds

Fifty-seven percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has handled the bridge scandal plaguing his administration, according to a new Des Moines Register poll.
That compares to just…

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Huckabee to keynote Iowa conservative confab

Fueling further speculation over his 2016 plans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is heading to Iowa in April to keynote an event for the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Huckabee is slated to keynote…

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Cruz to get hero’s welcome in Iowa, NH

Conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire are preparing a hero’s welcome for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he showed up Senate Republican leaders during a crucial vote on the debt limit.
Cruz infuriated his Senate…

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Matheson, Latham, Wolf retirements shake up the race for House control

Longtime Reps. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) announced Tuesday they would not run for reelection, shaking up the race for the House.
Matheson’s retirement hands Republicans a near-certain pickup in…

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Christie leads Clinton in Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a new survey…

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Iowa GOP Chairman Takes Heat for Changing Convention Date

Some Iowa Republicans are frustrated with their state party chairman, A.J. Spiker, for changing the GOP’s nominating convention date — and at least one top local operative has called for his resignation.
By pushing back…

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The 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties

In the past two years, one state party chairman was investigated by the local bar association. Elsewhere, an about-to-be-ousted party leader changed the locks at the headquarters. Two more state parties were threatened with eviction.…

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Iowa: GOP Lawmaker Challenges Loebsack

State Rep. Mark Lofgren, a Republican, announced Tuesday that he will challenge four-term Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, in the 2nd District, according to local reports.
Lofgren marks Loebsack’s first challenger, but news reports say that…

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Steve King Will Not Run for Senate #IASEN

Republican Rep. Steve King announced on Twitter late Friday night that he would not run for Senate:
I will not…

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Steve King’s Cash Raises Eyebrows, Doubts About Senate Bid

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is mentioned often as a possible 2014 Senate candidate for retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat. But if King’s first-quarter 2013 fundraising report is any indication, the conservative Republican isn’t headed…

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