| Mar 7, 2015
| 12:22 PM
Potential GOP presidential candidates who gathered here Saturday for an agriculture summit largely agreed on issues such as environmental policy, their objections to the labeling of genetically modified food and what they termed the overreach of the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 3:38 PM
A measure expanding Iowa's ban on texting while driving advanced Tuesday through a Senate committee, without a key provision that would have prohibited any use of hand-held cellphones or other devices.
Iowa law prohibits reading, writing and sending...
| Mar 3, 2015
State mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant could remain open this year under a bill approved Monday by a Senate panel, though it's unclear if enough lawmakers will support the measure for it to reach Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.
| Feb 10, 2015
| 11:01 AM
At this point, no evidence tilts the scale on Bruce Rauner in either direction.
He's either a rich guy playing politics and will shortly get bored of the hot mess that is Illinois and then sell the entire state to the Koch Brothers for a few hundred...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 8:38 PM
The most wide-open Republican presidential nomination campaign in memory had its unofficial opening here on Saturday at a gathering that highlighted anew the thorny path ahead for candidates as they try to attract support from the party's conservative...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Iowa can have a magical effect on visiting politicians.
Peripheral concerns become major issues. Long-standing policy positions melt like spring runoff in the Des Moines River.
It’s not the enchanting allure of Ottumwa, or the rhapsody of gazing...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.
In a veto...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Illinoisans awoke Wednesday to an oddity: azure Illinois raising to 10 the number of Midwest states turning to Republican governors for economic growth and job creation.
We can't say with confidence how many Illinois Democrats marched behind enemy lines...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 9:52 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the start of a three-day, multistate fundraising swing for the Republican Governors Assn. But unlike in the other states Christie plans to visit, the potential 2016 presidential...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:56 PM
The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president in 2016, will swing through three Midwestern states this weekend -- including Iowa -- the latest stops on a campaign itinerary that has grown more intense ahead of the November midterm...