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  • Timeline: Branstad’s Chinese connection

    - Dec 6, 2016
    By Matthew Jack | matthew-jack@uiowa.edu In 1985, a Chinese official named Xi Jinping, the director of the Feed Association of Shijiazhuang Prefecture, visited Muscatine as the leader of a delegation to study American agriculture. He was welcomed...
  • Iowa Republicans break from Trump on Khan comments

    - Aug 2, 2016
    By Mitch McAndrew | mmcandrew@uiowa.edu  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing backlash from prominent Iowa Republicans over his response to Khizr Khan’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. Iowa’s two Republican Sens. Joni...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ star endorses Ted Cruz in new Iowa TV spot

    - Jan 19, 2016
    By Quentin Misiag | quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu Fans of the A&E Network’s smash hit “Duck Dynasty” show should recognize a familiar face in a new political advertisement when they switch on their TV’s this month: family patriarch Phil...
  • Meet the people in Joe Biden’s Iowa arsenal

    - Sep 2, 2015
    Should Vice President Joe Biden plunge into the 2016 White House race, these well-connected Iowa political activists would be right by his side in the first presidential nominating state, serving as key foot soldiers. As Vice...
  • GOP stirs roiling waters

    - Jul 20, 2015
    AMES — Ten Republican presidential hopefuls entered the Family Leadership Summit hoping to stand out. Real-estate mogul Donald Trump clearly garnered most of the attention — although for far less positive reasons. But every attendee had...
  • Democrats fire up Iowans

    - Jul 20, 2015
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Before Iowa Democratic Party head Andy McGuire could announce the next speaker following former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at the party’s Hall of Fame Celebration on July 17, the crowd erupted in a...
  • Pastor Max’s story comes up at Jeb Bush event

    - Jun 18, 2015
    WASHINGTON, Iowa — The narrative of Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was thrust into presidential politics on Wednesday. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the home of Adam and Teresa Mangold during his first trip to...
  • Jeb Bush looks to woo social conservatives in Iowa

    - Jun 18, 2015
      WASHINGTON, Iowa — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush kicked off his post-announcement tour of Iowa in this town of just over 7,000 people on Wednesday. By eschewing the state’s larger cities, Iowa politics watchers say...
  • O’Malley, Webb want Democrats to return to their roots

    - Apr 10, 2015
    DES MOINES — Return the Democratic Party to its roots. This was the answer two potential Iowa caucus challengers professed is needed for their party to retain the White House. Like their Republican colleagues, who invoke...
  • Jeb Bush’s first foray into Iowa

    - Mar 9, 2015
      Three years. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush might be labeled by national reports as an early frontrunner, but until this weekend, he had avoided direct travel to the home of the first-in-the-caucuses for that long....