Politics & Elections

Political and election coverage by Omaha Public Radio News.

Nebraska has 25 delegates and five super-delegates at stake when Democrats caucus Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge plans to seek the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Senator Charles Grassley.

Nebraska Democrats prepare to caucus for the third time

Feb 29, 2016

Four days after Super Tuesday, Nebraska Democrats will caucus for the third time.

A Creighton University law professor says the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice shouldn’t wait until after the November election.

With the Iowa caucus past, the focus is on now on next Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start."

Close races in Iowa as first-in-the-nation caucus approaches

Jan 28, 2016

The first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus is just four days away, and both the GOP and Democratic races have no clear frontrunner.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Only a week remains before the Iowa caucuses — the first contest in a tumultuous presidential campaign that has challenged long-held political assumptions.

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President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to put aside politics and focus on safety and opportunity for all Americans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State lawmaker Rob Hogg says he'll announce his Democratic bid for Senate during a three-day tour of the state this week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal agency says states can use grant money intended to improve elections in order to pay for criminal investigations of voter fraud.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iraq war veteran who lost a Democratic congressional bid last year says he will try again in a different district.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Clive resident has become the first Democrat to announce that he'll try to unseat incumbent Republican David Young in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign is expanding their operations in Iowa.

NPR Morning Edition contributor and longtime Congressional Correspondent Cokie Roberts believes more candidates will enter the Democratic race for President.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa Republican Party says holding a straw poll is permissible under new Republican National Committee rules.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state's often-criticized Republican straw poll, but other GOP leaders say the event may still go on next year.

Lawmakers could begin voting Thursday on a spending bill to fund the government through next September.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Five people have applied to replace Charlie Janssen in the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 15th Legislative District.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Party leaders are pledging to remain neutral in the 2016 presidential caucuses.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Following her election to the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst has resigned from the Iowa Senate and Gov. Terry Branstad has set a special election to fill her position.

Congress is returning for the lame duck session---the session before new lawmakers are seated.

Ashford: Tuesday's election sent a clear message

Nov 10, 2014

Second District Congressman-elect Brad Ashford says voters “sent a clear message” in last week’s election.

Young: fiscal responsibility, balanced budget needed

Nov 7, 2014

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office says voter turnout on Tuesday was 53 percent.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With the election over, Nebraska Governor-elect Pete Ricketts is preparing to make the transition to office.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Republicans have expanded their majority in the Nebraska Legislature.

There is no declared winner yet in the race for Nebraska's Second Congressional District.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — David Young, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, has been elected in Iowa's 3rd district.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Voters have approved a measure raising Nebraska's minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016.

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