| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:45 PM
Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst became the first woman ever elected statewide in Iowa as she dispatched Democrat Bruce Braley for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, the Associated Press projected. The projection came just after...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:04 PM
WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is laying the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign in 2016, will return to Iowa this weekend to support Democratic candidates running in this year's midterm elections.
O'Malley will campaign...
| 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 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Democrats from around the country, and political chroniclers as well, again flocked to Iowa last weekend for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a traditional event for raising cholesterol levels and presidential ambitions.
It may or may not...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:29 PM
— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called in backup Tuesday as he pressed colleagues to approve his bill on school employee background checks before Congress wraps up this session.
The child advocates standing behind him want it. Law enforcement wants it. The...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 6:55 PM
– His colleagues haven't responded to his urgent requests, and now U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has taken a legislative hostage.
The Pennsylvania Republican is using a procedural maneuver to hold up a child care bill, arguing that if his legislation...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 8:02 PM
In a campaign so far defined by hogs and chickens, the race for the open Iowa Senate seat that most expected to fall to Democrats is now perhaps the closest in the country.
And with the control of the Senate majority at stake in the upcoming election,...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 9:07 AM
For the first time in years, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa today, headlining a huge Democratic cookout that has fired already fierce speculation on when—not whether—she will formally announce a bid for president.
The 37th annual...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 4:46 PM
Talk about sucking all the air out of the room.
Political junkies homed in on Hillary Rodham Clinton's every move at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry Sunday, hoping she might foreshadow her presidential intentions. Meanwhile, possible rivals...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 8:06 PM
When Hillary Rodham Clinton finished third in Iowa during the 2008 presidential race, voters' post-game analysis couldn’t have been clearer. She didn’t spend enough time in the Hawkeye State. She didn’t bond with Iowans. She was the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:34 PM
I have seen the future of the Democratic Party and its name is Hillary Clinton.
I believe that's a true statement even if it lacks the electricity associated with a rock star. Clinton was in Des Moines, Iowa, for Sen. Tom Harkin's 37th and apparently...