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November 10, 2019

Incumbent Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie is headed to a December 3 runoff against challenger Jack Hatch. The 2019 Liberty and Justice Dinner gathered the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates at Wells Fargo Arena, with a last-minute bit of breaking news. Pat Rynard from Iowa Starting Line and former Polk County GOP Chair Wes Enos break down Iowa's local election results before Rynard provides analysis of the LJ Dinner. Follow "This Week in Iowa" on Twitter Follow Local 5's Sabrina...


November 3, 2019

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig talks about the federal government's proposed new hemp rules, as well as what he said to the EPA at a public hearing regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard. A new Grinnell College National Poll surveyed Americans on two big political issues: Impeachment and criminal justice reform. Follow "This Week in Iowa" on Twitter Follow Local 5's Sabrina Ahmed on Twitter


October 27, 2019

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price has the latest on the organizing and planning of the caucuses. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - Mass.) has surged to the front of the polls in Iowa, making her a frequent target of the other candidates in the field. Iowa Representative Pat Grassley (R - New Hartford) will take over as Speaker of the House this session, and wants to approach the position much like he did the state's budget. Finally, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn is stepping down as president of...


October 20, 2019

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October 13, 2019

Rep. Pat Grassley (R - New Hartford) has been named the new Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives after House Republicans met to name new leadership. Local 5 has results from the City of Urbandale's city council primary. Political strategists Jeff Link (Link Strategies) and Craig Robinson (The Iowa Republican) break down Iowa's Congressional races and the 2020 presidential race. Billionaire Tom Steyer is running for president on the Democratic side. Follow "This Week in Iowa" on...


October 6, 2019

Sabrina Ahmed sits down with Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R - Clear Lake), who will step down as Iowa's Speaker of the House ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Mayor of Des Moines Frank Cownie faces a challenger in former state senator Jack Hatch, but is hoping to win reelection in 2020. Sen. Charles Schneider (R - West Des Moines) explains the behind-the-scenes decisions at the statehouse to make the popular "blackout" license plates a reality. Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R - Ottumwa) has...


September 29, 2019

Two new polls of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been released since the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry. Mike Frosolone, the Iowa State Director for Sen. Cory Booker's (NJ) 2020 campaign, talks about what their campaign needs to move forward. Sabrina Ahmed sits down with two Democratic candidates for president: Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN). Finally, former state senator and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is running for Mayor of Des...


September 22, 2019

Iowa's court administrators hired a private security firm to test the state's data security. But after two courthouse break-ins by men hired for the job, it's now a matter of "different interpretations" regarding the contract. Jeff Link of Link Strategies discusses his company's poll on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates following the latest debate and the issues voters say they care about most. Maddie Anderson with the Story County Democrats previews Sunday's Fall BBQ...


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