This week’s events at the Statehouse should drive home to at least half of Iowa voters why it’s important to elect more women to office. Judging by the number of women who have already filed nomination papers for the June 5 primary ballot, voters will have lots of opportunities. Meanwhile, new research by an Iowa political scientist offers insight into why Iowa lagged behind other states in electing its first woman to top political offices.
Two days after the shocking resignation of Sen. Bill Dix, Iowa Senate Republicans selected new leaders. Iowans likely will notice little difference in how they do the people’s business. And that’s a shame. Sen. Jack Whitver of Ankeny will move from the Senate president’s dais to the more powerful majority leader position, replacing Dix. Sen. Charles Schneider of West Des Moines was elected Senate president. "It's a new day in the Iowa Senate, and we look forward to getting to work," Whitver said.
Iowa prides itself on its clean elections. Our state’s nonpartisan redistricting, which ensures fair treatment for both major parties, is a model for the nation. But that doesn’t mean Iowa is immune from efforts to twist the election process to the advantage of the party in power. Two bills moving in the Iowa Legislature are notable examples. The Iowa Senate last week approved a bill that would put Republicans at the top of the ballot in 98 out of 99 counties for the 2018 general election.
Why are so many Iowa women running for office? “I think it has something to do with the person sitting in the White House,” Mary Ellen Miller of @5050in2020iowa said. “But we do have a lot more Republican women on the ballot than we’ve had before.” #iapolitics
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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