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This Might Be the Most Important Swing District in the Country Trump and Pence have both visited Iowa’s First in recent days. The GOP is nervous about holding the district — and what it would mean if it can’t.
Ignore Polling: Abortion is in Danger in GOP-Controlled States A state’s willingness to restrict abortion is based less on public opinion than the power of the GOP.
Trump’s Trade War Is a Big Problem for Republicans in Politically Pivotal Iowa Trump and his people told Iowans not to worry about Chinese retaliation against Iowa soybean exports. Now they’re worrying for real.
Iowa Could Be 2018’s Bellwether for Democrats The state that lurched heavily red in 2014 and 2016 could lurch back, and that would be significant given Iowa’s Trump-friendly demographics.
Iowa Democratic Candidate for Governor Forced Out of Race by Groping Allegations A promising young legislator named Nate Boulton folded his campaign quickly after conceding the substance of multiple allegations of misconduct.
A Red State Finally Rejects an Abortion Ban In South Carolina a Democratic legislator mockingly asks Republicans to pass a total abortion ban they know to be unconstitutional. They nearly did.
Sam Clovis, Trump Aide Caught Up in Russia Probe, Leaves USDA Job The guy who told George Papadopoulos to visit Moscow “if feasible” is heading home to Iowa.
Lamb Win Could Point to Democratic Resurgence in Lily-white Districts Under the right circumstances, it looks like Democrats can again win in places where they don’t have their customary minority base.
Bill de Blasio Is Back in Iowa But not because he’s thinking about running for president.
Iowa’s Obamacare Waiver Could Test Tolerance for High Insurance Deductibles Iowa’s request for a super-waiver would head off higher premiums, in exchange for high out-of-pocket costs conservatives love but consumers hate.
When Two Warring Parties Share a State’s U.S. Senate Seats The number of “split” Senate delegations is declining steadily, and with it the phenomenon of voters deliberately choosing a senator from each party.
Trump Personally Tried to Sabotage Obamacare in Iowa Iowa wanted to implement (very conservative) reforms to keep its largest insurer on the exchanges. Trump got wind of the plan and ordered it killed.
Democrat Wins Iowa State Legislative Special Election in District Trump Swept It may be just a small straw in the wind, but a Democrat won in one of those midwestern small town districts Trump won, despite GOP culture-war ads.
Populist President: I’d Rather Get Advice From Wall Street Than ‘a Poor Person’ At a rally in Iowa, Trump explains why his cabinet is filled with multimillionaires.
Planned Parenthood Forced to Shut Down 4 Clinics in Iowa If the Affordable Health Care Act passes, the same thing could happen in many other states.
Trump Will Help Democrats Solve Their ‘Midterm Falloff’ Problem Democrats turn out much more strongly in midterms when there is a GOP president, and the current GOP president should really energize them.
Steve King a Cautionary Tale in Iowa Debate Over Adopting Runoffs In an Iowa legislative debate over getting rid of party conventions to resolve nominations, Steve King’s rise to Congress was an object lesson.
Iowa Legislator Proposes Hiring Quotas for Republican College Faculty After decades of conservative whining about liberal domination of college faculties, a legislator has finally come up with a solution.
Iowa Lawmakers Suggest Women Go to a Dentist Instead of Planned Parenthood The list of women’s-health providers state lawmakers said they’d be happy to fund included a few questionable choices.
Two Iowa Police Officers Are Killed in ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks The suspect, 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, was taken into custody Wednesday morning.
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Iowa Is So White It’s Turning Red All sorts of things go into political change in a given state, but don’t forget demographics!
Boyfriend of Iowa Student Gets Life Sentence for Her Murder Xiangnan Li strangled Shao Tong and stuffed her body in the trunk of a car.
Some Hero Ninth-Grade Girls Brought Magic Mike to School Well, actually, someone just hired a male stripper at the annual swim-team banquet.
Customer Only Tips ‘Normal Looking People’ The incident occurred at Iowa’s famously eccentric Zombie Burger.
White House Vetting Jane Kelly for Supreme Court If Obama nominates Jane L. Kelly, Iowa senator Chuck Grassley could be in a tough spot.
In Iowa, Democrats Were Divided by Class More Than by Ideology Iowa’s upper middle class voted for Clinton, while its lower middle class opted for revolution.
Hillary Clinton Would Be Smart to Focus on Stirring Up Fears of a GOP Victory She may not rally the base like Sanders, but she could be the one to prevent a Cruz or Trump from ascending to the White House. And that might matter more.
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Will Donald Trump Deflate Like a Big Fat Balloon After Losing in Iowa? Maybe, maybe not. But beware the narrative that Rubio is poised to take over the race.
Photos: On the Campaign Trail in Iowa and N.H. A glimpse at the Republican routes in early voting states.
Jeb’s Last Iowa Rally: Hecklers & Dated Rhetoric He came onstage to chants of “President Bush!” but it’s looking less and less likely there will be another one.
Mike Huckabee, the Once-Popular Populist The former governor, who won Iowa eight years ago, now faces his political twilight.
Trump and Clinton Lead in Top Iowa Poll The establishment Republican surge just ain’t happening.
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New York Times Endorses Clinton and Kasich The paper says Bernie Sanders doesn’t measure up to Clinton, and essentially picks Kasich by the process of elimination.
No More Mr. Nice Bernie? To go negative, or not to go negative — that is the question facing the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Donald Trump Jokes That His Popularity Is Murder-Proof Trump shot a man in Reno, just to watch voters stand by.
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Here Comes Iowa, for a Whole Month The post-holiday presidential-campaign period in the first-in-the-nation caucus state is much longer this year. Here’s what to expect from the next month of Iowa politics.
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Bernie Sanders Has Finally Begun Challenging Hillary Clinton’s Record Less than 100 days from the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Democratic nomination is heating up.