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The Dakota Access pipeline is to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting through 18 Iowa counties. (Lars Ploughman/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Northern Iowa oil pipeline rupture is adding more fuel to the heated argument against construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Cleanup continues on the nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel mix that leaked from the pipeline Wednesday, just one day after Pre

The political battle over the next U.S. Supreme Court justice now includes a website where individual senators' stands on the issue can be found. (renowiggum/morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off a political battle between the president and Senate Republicans over Scalia's replacement. Now, a new website, SenateDoYourJob.org, lists the position taken by each U.S. senator on the issue of holding hearings on a nominee

The road to the White House runs through Iowa, with celebrities turning out to support their favorite candidates. (whitehousemuseum.org)

AMES, Iowa - We've seen pop singers, movie stars, athletes, and well-known politicians join the presidential candidates on stage the last few weeks, but how much impact do they have? Iowa State University political scientist David Andersen says those celebrity endorsements don't have much sway on vo

Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses have led to an increase in voter registration in the state. (Iowa Secretary of State)

DES MOINES, Iowa - In order to participate in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses tonight, you not only have to be registered to vote, but you have to declare a party affiliation. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is the state's commissioner of elections, and has new numbers

PHOTO: With political spending growing ever larger and voter engagement on the decline, a weekend event in Iowa seeks to reverse those trends and make sure all people have a voice in elections and government, not just the wealthy and powerful. Photo credit: AFSC.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa's unique and influential position in presidential politics, a new nationwide campaign kicks off in the state this weekend with a goal of giving the power back to the people. The American Friends Service Committee is hosting the gathering on Saturday to mobilize citizens

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do

DES MOINES, Iowa - Millions of dollars in secret campaign cash have flowed through the Hawkeye State this year, much of it to buy negative attack ads in Senate and Congressional races around the country. One of the biggest players is the Iowa-based American Future Fund, which has run ads mostly atta

Des Moines, IA - A recent survey of more than 1,500 political donors across the state revealed a surprising discovery. Judy Lonning with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the group conducting the survey, says three quarters of the people they talked to from both parties favored VOICE, "Voter

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