Iowa Senate

  • New guy on the ‘bloc’ aims high

    by - May 11, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Despite his inexperience as a legislator, Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, has received a great deal of support in his party since kicking off his gubernatorial campaign. Soon after announcing his...
  • 20-week abortion bill becomes law

    by - May 5, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu On May 5, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill that places strict limits on abortions after 20 weeks. The law prevents abortions after 20 weeks in cases of...
  • House slaps down minimum wage

    by - Mar 27, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu A bill in the Iowa legislature may lower the minimum wages in four different counties across the state. The bill, House File 295, passed 29-21 Monday evening in the Iowa legislature...
  • Grassley Wins Seventh Term

    by - Nov 8, 2016
    By Emily Kresse | Emily-kresse@uiowa.edu Sen. Grassley, R-Iowa, has cruised into a seventh term, defeating Democrat Patty Judge. The race was called by the Associated Press moments after polls closed in Iowa at 9 p.m. With...
  • Podcast: Sen. David Johnson talks Donald Trump, Steve King

    by - Jun 12, 2016
    By Mitch McAndrew and Brent Griffiths  mmcandrew@uiowa.edu and brent-griffiths@uiowa.edu   In this inaugural episode of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics and Politics Initiative Podcast, reporters Brent Griffiths (@BrentGriffiths) and Mitch McAndrew (@MitchieMac) chat with state Sen. David...
  • Judge advances to take on Grassley

    by - Jun 7, 2016
    Updated: 11:36 p.m. By Mitch McAndrew and Maria Curi mmcandrew@uiowa.edu | Maria-Curi@uiowa.edu  Capitalizing on statewide name recognition and support from U.S. Senate Democrats, Patty Judge succeeded in holding off state Sen. Rob Hogg’s grass-roots-backed campaign and...
  • State Sen. Johnson becomes first elected official to leave GOP over Trump

    by - Jun 7, 2016
    Associated Press DES MOINES — A senior member of the Iowa Senate says he has dropped his Republican Party affiliation in protest of what he calls Donald Trump’s “bigotry” after the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s comments...
  • Fewer Iowans running for state or federal offices

    by - Mar 19, 2016
    A total of 249 Iowans will run for state or federal office in 2016.  By Quentin Misiag | quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu Fewer Iowans chose to pursue elected office at the state and federal level in the 2016 election year,...
  • Rob Hogg officially files to challenge Chuck Grassley for U.S. Senate

    by - Feb 29, 2016
    The Cedar Rapids attorney is one of four Iowa Democrats who have given a fresh look at trying to unseat Iowa’s senior senator.  By Quentin Misiag | quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu State Sen. Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, officially filed paperwork Monday...
  • Budget deal might spell the end for Iowa legislative session

    by - Jun 1, 2015
    In the midst of an overtime session and after rumblings of a shutdown, an agreement unveiled Monday has legislators hoping that end is near. Both houses, the Republican controlled House and the Democratic controlled Senate, billed...