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President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the ambassador to China. Branstad’s amiable relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping was a major factor in Trump’s decision to choose the Iowa governor. If Branstad accepts the position […]

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Gov. Terry Branstad has scheduled a special election for Iowa Senate District 45 on December 27, 2016. The special election will fill the vacancy created by the passing of Sen. Joe Seng. Branstad wanted the special election to be held […]

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State Sen. Joe Seng lost his battle with brain cancer on September 16, 2016. Seng was elected to represent District 45 for the fourth time in 2014. As Seng’s seat was not up for election this year, a special election […]

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The 2016 session of the 87th General Assembly adjourned on Friday, April 29, 2016. The House and Senate have agreed to continue state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics and to double the state tax credit for adoptions. Legislators also approved […]

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A special election will be held to fill a vacant seat for Iowa House District 21. The special election is slated for December 8, 2015, following the death of Representative Jack Drake earlier in the year.

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June 8, 2015  •  

Iowa Legislature Adjourns

The Iowa Legislature adjourned on Friday, June 5, 2015, after the Senate approved a state budget of $7.3 billion, effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. Gov. Terry Branstad now has 30 days to approve or reject the […]

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Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 135 into law on April 24, 2015. The bill increases political expenditures triggering filing requirements for committees to $1,000. The bill also amends the definition of an independent expenditure to be one or more […]

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Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election on January 6, 2015 to fill the state House District 4 seat formerly held by Dwayne Alons. Alons passed away recently after serving in the Iowa Legislature since 1999. The timing of […]

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Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election for state Senate District 12. The special election is scheduled for December 30, 2014. The election will fill the vacancy left by Joni Ernst, who resigned from the state senate after being […]

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The 2014 session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly adjourned Friday, May 2, 2014. While in session, legislators considered an array of legislation, including anti-bullying and the use of medical marijuana for epilepsy patients. Legislators also agreed on the 2015 fiscal […]

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Corporations in Iowa are still prohibited from making campaign contributions, despite an attempt by non-profit corporation Iowa Right to Life Committee, Inc. to remove the ban. The Supreme Court of the United States denied review of the Eighth Circuit Court […]

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The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board has proposed a requirement for all campaign finance reports to be filed electronically. Currently, the only reports required to be filed electronically are those of legislative and statewide campaigns. In order for […]

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the vacant House District 25 seat. The special election will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. At present, there are two Republican candidates and no Democrats.

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The ethics board in Iowa issued an advisory opinion allowing political candidates in the state to use campaign funds to attend a presidential inauguration. The board’s reasoning for its decision centered around the value to a candidate’s campaign of attending […]

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