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Three GOP presidential candidates haven’t signed anti-abortion pledge

Five Republican presidential hopefuls have signed a pledge promising to ”not just check off the pro-life box but show true pro-life leadership if elected president.” Only three of those asked to sign — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New Mexico Gov.Gary Johnson and Atlanta businessman More…

Supreme Court ruling on life sentences for juveniles problematic for Iowa courts

Image by Matt MahurinDAVENPORT — The walk to the third floor of the Scott County Courthouse is a study in stark contrasts. From the first push from the outside, through a door adorned with black text on white paper and down marble hallways the color of eggshell flecked with black, there is no More…

U.S. House subcommittee turns attention to terminating foreclosure mitigation services

Leadership in the U.S. House Financial Services Committee will hold a subcommittee hearing this week in advance of four bills aimed at terminating federal programs designed to keep Americans in their homes.

Nebraska GOP introduces ‘justifiable homicide’ bill

Nebraska lawmakers, it seems, only need one bill to accomplish what would take two in Iowa: The legalized killing of abortion providers.

The Nebraska legislation was introduced by state Sen. Mark Christensen, who opposes abortion regardless of circumstance, according to a report from Mother Jones. The bill, which More…

Sen. John Thune turns down a run for president in 2012

South Dakota Sen. John Thune has informed family and friends that he has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

The message, which was subsequently posted to Thune’s website and Facebook page Tuesday, is signed by the Senator and his wife, Kimberley.

For months


Iowa labor to rally in Des Moines

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO doesn’t just want Iowans to stand up for the rights of Wisconsin workers, it wants them to stand up for workers right here at home, and is planning a Tuesday rally in Des Moines.

Wisconsin is not the only place where working families are


Pawlenty in Iowa: American society must ‘elevate traditional marriage’

IOWA CITY — Nearly every public policy issue that can be named has a direct impact on the very foundation of American society, according to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, which is a traditional marriage consisting of one man and one woman.

Pawlenty, who told reporters before his public More…

Vander Plaats says he had no role in anti-gay seminars

Image by Matt MahurinIOWA CITY — Saying that he is touring the state in order to speak truth in a loving way, the man behind one of the state’s largest socially conservative political networks denied Monday that he had anything to do with a seminar series that presented homosexuality and its “second-hand effects” More…

Students run Iowa ad to draft Mitch Daniels

Nevermind that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is on the record with his intent not to seek the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2012. A group of students are determined to make a political pitch on his behalf.

The student-led Draft Daniels movement is taking to the Iowa airwaves this More…

Report: 2012 hopefuls banking on state-level PACs

While average Americans were tightening their belts in 2010, potential 2012 presidential candidates were busy feathering their nests in the states to the tune of $2.7 million that didn’t have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Through the formation of state-level Political Action Committees (PACs) politicians have been More…