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Video Report: Iowans Talk About Negative Ads

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We talked with Iowa voters about negative advertisements and the role they played in how they voted on Election Day. These voters spoke on Nov. 4, 2014, about their views on negative ads regardless of their political party. Overall, these interviews had a sense of cynicism towards these ads. Take a news quiz about the truth behind four attack ads in Iowa's U.S. Senate race:
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Iowa’s Most Generous Political Donors Lean Republican, But A Democrat Gives The Most

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Individual political donors from Iowa have pumped more than $43 million into political races the past three years, but knowing the impact of those donations may be hard to determine. The reason: the growth of anonymous donors and Super PACs. Continue Reading →

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Down In Funding and Polls, Hatch’s Climb Is Steep In Iowa’s Gubernatorial Race

Republican supporters of Gov. Terry Branstad, holding large posters bearing the likeness of his face, pose for a group photo before the Sept. 20 gubernatorial debate in Burlington, Iowa.

Democrat Jack Hatch’s gubernatorial campaign clearly has been in the kind of steep uphill climb you would expect when running against an incumbent like Republican Terry Branstad, especially when Branstad had 22 times more campaign money than Hatch had mid-summer. Continue Reading →

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Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Best Way To Provide Jobs In Iowa, Leadership

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, and Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch during their debate on economic development and job growth Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, at Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington, Iowa. The 2nd Iowa Gubernatorial Debate was sponsored by The Hawk Eye newspaper, KWQC TV and The Greater Burlington Partnership.

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor wasted no time digging into the merits of a $100 million tax break that lured a $1.6 billion fertilizer company to Lee County. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger state Sen. Jack Hatch also lobbed accusations of improper behavior as elected representatives. Continue Reading →

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