Research institute plans $8M expansion at Drake University
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A nonpartisan public policy research institute has announced plans for an $8 million expansion at Drake University to create more space for public events.
Ernst says she’ll seek re-election to US Senate in 2020
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she will run for a second term in 2020.
The Des Moines Register reports that Ernst told reporters Friday that she would seek re-election. She also said she will support President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump's popularity. Not anymore.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine congressman says he plans to go forward with a proposal to include frozen and canned foods in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program despite criticism from the program's founder.
Democrats in Iowa looking for ways to win back Trump voters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats looking for a prescription for recovery from a decade in decline got encouragement Saturday from emerging national party figures urging more focus on working-class and rural America, where Donald Trump marched to victory last year.
The Latest: Democrat says party at fault for heartland loss
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Iowa Democrats (all times local):
A House Democrat seen as a rising star says the party is to blame for allowing President Donald Trump to claim voters in reliably Democratic territory.
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio told Democrats at a fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday that those voters don't think Democrats are with them anymore and don't listen to them.
Dems in Iowa wilderness struggle for power in Trump era
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In less than a decade, Iowa Democrats have withered, from in-charge to almost irrelevant.
After sending progressive Tom Harkin to the Senate for 30 years and twice delivering the state for Barack Obama, Democrats are powerless in the House, Senate and statehouse, and remain stunned by President Donald Trump's solid Iowa victory last year.
Official: Staffer used Menendez’s name to lobby for doctor
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A staffer to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez used his boss's name to push for the settlement of a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute involving a wealthy campaign donor, a former health administrator testified in the two men's bribery trial Wednesday.
Jurors also heard former Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who headed a Senate health committee at the time, testify he met with the donor at Menendez's request but didn't take any further action.
The Latest: Former Sen. Harkin testifies in Menendez trial
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and wealthy donor (all times local):
A former U.S. senator has testified at the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
Former Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa testified he met with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in 2011 to discuss Melgen's multimillion-dollar billing dispute with Medicare.
Menendez referred Melgen to Harkin, who chaired a Senate health committee at the time.
Another Iowa Democrat enters race to challenge Blum
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Another Democrat has joined the race to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rod Blum.
Thirty-three-year-old Thomas Heckroth, of Cedar Falls, filed his federal paperwork Monday to run in the June 2018 primary for Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Three others who've declared are state Rep. Abby Finkenauer, aeronautical engineer Courtney Rowe and George Ramsey III, a former military recruiter.
Former Senator Tom Harkin predicts Iowa win for Clinton, despite drop in polls
WATERLOO — Former Sen. Tom Harkin predicted Democrat Hillary Clinton will prevail in Iowa during Tuesday’s presidential election despite dropping further behind in the latest poll.
Harkin, who retired from the U.S. Senate in 2014, stopped at Clinton’s Waterloo campaign office Sunday as more than 30 people prepared to canvass neighborhoods as part of a get out the vote effort.
Clinton touts Iowa veterans’ support; Trump offers new military plan
DES MOINES | A group of 54 Iowans who are veterans of military service have announced their support for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
They will serve on a new Iowa Veterans and Military Families for Hillary leadership council that was unveiled Wednesday.