Latest Iowa State General Assembly News

Axne opts for House reelection bid over run for governor

Nov. 12, 2021 13:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Friday she plans to seek reelection in the 3rd Congressional District, ending speculation that she might challenge Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds next November. Axne, Iowa’s only Democrat in Congress, said she went to...

Miller-Meeks will run in SE Iowa district, avoid facing Axne

Nov. 10, 2021 16:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks said Wednesday that she plans to run for reelection in another Iowa congressional district next year, which would avoid a head-to-head race against Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne. The two congresswomen were...

Iowa governor signs state's redistricting plan into law

Nov. 05, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed the state’s redistricting plan into law, finalizing the once-in-a-decade task complicated this year by late U.S. Census data that pushed the state past constitutional deadlines. Reynolds announced Thursday...

Iowa lawmakers pass vaccine mandate exemption bill

Oct. 28, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa employees could seek medical and religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates and those who are fired for refusing a vaccine would be guaranteed unemployment benefits under a bill approved Thursday by the Iowa Legislature. The bill...

Iowa Legislature approves second redistricting map

Oct. 28, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature on Thursday passed a second redistricting plan after the first one was rejected, ensuring the state continues decades of nonpartisan drawing of congressional and legislative districts. The plan passed the Senate 48-1, with...

New Iowa maps would shift congresswomen into new districts

Oct. 21, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Cindy Axne and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks would be pushed into the same congressional district under Iowa redistricting maps released Thursday. The proposal from Iowa's nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency also would keep the...

Black Democratic chair gets lynching threat over Trump essay

Oct. 19, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first Black chair of Iowa’s Democratic Party says he received a series of racist messages, including a lynching threat, after writing an opinion piece in a local newspaper criticizing former President Donald Trump and the state Republican officials who stood...

New maps may indicate if Iowa adopts partisan redistricting

Oct. 18, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An agency will release a second attempt at redrawing Iowa’s congressional and legislative district lines this week, and the response from Republicans could make clear whether they intend to stick with the state’s nonpartisan process or opt for a more partisan...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Oct. 18, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

Iowa City Press-Citizen. Oct.15, 2021. Editorial: Does the Iowa GOP already have a partisan map drawn up? As our elected leaders work through the redistricting process, we urge them to continue the tradition in Iowa of keeping party politics out of...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Oct. 11, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. Oct. 10, 2021. Editorial: Iowa Board of Regents elevates kowtowing to Republican lawmakers over health and safety The Board of Regents, and the Iowa university administrators it oversees, is finally getting the message. ...