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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) speaks to a crowd on Thursday, April 1 at an Iowa GOP regional reception in Cedar Rapids at the Elmcrest Country Club. Ernst talked about her time as a child wearing bread bags.

‘It makes me sizzle:’ Joni Ernst proposes bill to prevent ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative in government agencies

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor April 13, 2021

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit government agencies from enacting policies to ban meat consumption by employees, referring to the “Meatless Mondays”...

President Donald Trump dances during a “Make America Great Again” rally held at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Sunday, November 1, 2020. With two days before Election Day, this is President Trump’s second stop to Iowa in the past few weeks.

Too soon to tell if Iowa will remain a purple state, politicos say, despite ruby red 2020 election results

Lauren White, Politics Reporter April 6, 2021

In the 2020 election, amid a global pandemic, former President Donald Trump won Iowa, Sen. Joni Ernst won reelection, two districts flipped from blue to red, and Republicans gained seats in the Legislature....

Former representative and Iowa congressional candidate Bobby Schilling

Former Illinois congressman and Iowa congressional candidate Bobby Schilling dies of cancer

Caleb McCullough, Managing Editor April 6, 2021

Bobby Schilling, a one-term Republican Illinois congressman who ran in the 2020 Republican primary to represent Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, died Tuesday from cancer, his son Terry Schilling...

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) speaks to a crowd on Thursday, April 1 at an Iowa GOP regional reception in Cedar Rapids at the Elmcrest Country Club. Scott talked about his time in the military, how he was raised and his business approach to politics.

Florida Senator Rick Scott makes Iowa stop to rally Republicans

Lauren White, Politics Reporter April 2, 2021

Florida Republican and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott visited Iowa to rally Republicans through a discussion with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, where he highlighted the importance for the Republican Party to...

Democratic candidate for Congress Rita Hart arriving at Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan’s house for her backyard campaign tour in Iowa City on September 26, 2020. (Daniel McGregor-Huyer/The Daily Iowan)

Democrat Rita Hart ends contest for IA-02 seat

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 31, 2021

After four months of legal challenges against the Iowa 2nd Congressional District election results, Democrat Rita Hart has brought her contest to an end.  Hart released a statement Wednesday afternoon...

The Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann speaks to the audience during the Iowa GOP's America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. President Donald Trump was the special guest for the event.

Top Republican officials in Iowa condemned Rita Hart’s contest in the U.S. House

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 25, 2021

Iowa Republican leaders say it’s time to move on from the election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race.  “Those votes have been counted, they've been recounted, they've been canvassed...

Democratic candidate Rita Hart speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Lawyer for Rita Hart said he expects lawmakers will follow will of voters

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 23, 2021

As the U.S. House moves forward with Rita Hart’s notice of contest, her lawyer, Marc Elias, said he thinks that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will respect the will of Iowa voters if the evidence...

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, talks to reporters at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Des Moines Friday, August 17, 2018.

Sen. Chuck Grassley says lower approval rating will not be a factor in his reelection decision

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor March 17, 2021

A poll conducted by the Des Moines Register/Mediacom showed that a majority of Iowans polled do not want to see Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley run for reelection, but Grassley told reporters Wednesday...

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst R-IA speaks at the republican watch party at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Republicans from across the state have gathered to watch the results of the 2020 General Election.

Sen. Joni Ernst proposes several bills to increase transparency in government

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 15, 2021

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told reporters on Monday that she will propose bills regarding public access to information on funding for government projects, COVID-19 relief for education, and carbon emissions...


U.S. House passes $1.9 trillion relief package, won’t include minimum wage increase

Brian Grace, Politics Reporter March 10, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Wednesday afternoon for the final time, but one of the more contested amendments — a federal minimum wage increase...


House committee rejects Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss Hart’s election contest

Caleb McCullough, Managing Editor March 10, 2021

A U.S. House committee will hold off on deciding whether to dismiss a contest of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District election and will consider the merits of Democrat Rita Hart’s contest of the razor-thin...

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) speaks about lowering prescription drug prices during the Corridor Business Journal Health Care Summit at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Feb. 14.

Chuck Grassley criticized Democratic Senators’ decision to pass a COVID-19 relief package despite a lack of bipartisanship

Brian Grace, Politics reporter March 10, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Democrats did not attempt to gain bipartisan support on the most recent $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package during a press call on Wednesday. The package...

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