Podcast Primer: For Tuesday’s Mid-Term Election In Iowa


Iowa’s race for secretary of agriculture and land stewardship has gotten strong attention this year for several reasons, including:

a trade war with China affecting the sale of soybeans to that country,
dropping commodity prices,
a need for farm labor, and
the fact that neither the Republican nor Democrat seeking the seat held it at the beginning of this year. Incumbent Republican Mike Naig ascended to the seat earlier this year after Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey resigned to become an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Naig had worked since 2013 as a deputy in Northey’s office before Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed him to complete Northey’s term. “I bring all of that experience. I bring all of the, having traveled the state now for the last seven, eight months as the secretary interacting with Iowans.

A.G. Sessions: Nationwide Court Injunctions Impede Will Of People

DON’T MISS AN IOWAWATCH STORY.  SUBSCRIBE NOW TO OUR NEWSLETTER. The Trump Administration’s ability to enact the voters’ will is impeded by a continual stream of nationwide court injunctions, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a group of federal and state judges, lawyers and other legal experts in Des Moines today. It’s a theme Sessions has pressed for much of this year, saying government “needs to run the table” to enact policies that one judge can delay. “We’re defending the Constitutional structure against nationwide injunctions,” Sessions said in a speech in which he praised U.S. Department of Justice lawyers for working hard and judges who provide good justice, are honest and able and who provide consistency with legal values culled from British traditions dating to when this country consisted of colonies. The nationwide injunctions to which he referred were issued by federal judges in one district but carried weight nationally.