Iowa politics

Editorial: Franken is the right messenger


Admiral Mike Franken decided to retire from the Navy when Donald Trump became commander-in-chief. He moved back to Sioux City and immediately set upon running for the U.S. Senate, first in 2020 and again this year on the theme of defending democracy at home and abroad. It’s the right message at the right time that deserves special consideration by Democrats […]

Iowa Senate panel advances death penalty legislation

Several crime victims and their advocates joined more than a dozen other Iowans who spoke Thursday against a legislative proposal to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa. Clinton native Christy Wolfe’s two younger sisters, Susan and Sarah, were killed by a neighbor in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2014.  She read a statement from their mother, who wrote that while Pennsylvania had […]

Republicans make their case in BV County ahead of election


As the clock at Lakeside Presbyterian Church struck 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Storm Lake High School’s gymnasiums filled with voters eager to cast their ballots.  If that’s any indication,  Buena Vista County Auditor Sue Lloyd’s expectation of record turnout should be considered a prophecy.  The county’s absentee precinct on Monday counted a record 4,786 ballots, a 57% increase from […]

JD Scholten makes final push in 4th District bid

Running in reddest district, Democrat thinks he can win

Saturday’s parking lot rally at the Field of Dreams was the last time JD Scholten will visit Storm Lake until the election next Tuesday, a reckoning for the Sioux City Democrat’s uphill effort to swing one of the country’s most conservative congressional districts.  Scholten says he stopped counting the number of times he’s visited Storm Lake and towns its size […]