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High voter turnout in Marshalltown, state

Iowans turned out in record numbers for the general election. More than 1,320,000 votes have been tallied as of Wednesday morning. That is the highest mark for a mid-term election in state history. The previous record was set in 2014, with 1,142,311 votes, according to the Iowa Secretary of ...

Marshall County numbers

Voter turnout for registered voters 59 percent Total ballots cast (including absentee) 14,718 Absentee ballots cast 6,428 Registered voters 24,755 Votes for local races Marshall County Supervisors 25,645 total votes 38 write-in Marshall County Treasurer 11,284 total ...

Local Dems and GOP weigh-in on election results

The dust has started to settle on the 2018 mid-term elections. What was predicted by some to have been a “blue wave” — meaning many Democrats being elected — became a “purple puddle” — that is, a mix of Democrats and Republicans being elected or re-elected. Locally, comments ...

Iowa Valley Chancellor expected to announce retirement

Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Chris Duree is expected to announce his retirement from the district at next week’s Iowa Valley Board of Trustees meeting. The planned announcement came up at Wednesday’s board retreat. “After 38 years in public education, 30 of which ...

A look back at Bobcat University 2018

Marshalltown Schools officials said an expanded summer learning program was a success this year for K-3 students. Bobcat University was born out of the smaller Rogers University summer learning program. It was divided into two sessions this summer, and district data shows it helped ...

By the numbers: Bobcat University 2018

The first year of the Bobcat University summer learning program was deemed a success by Marshalltown Schools officials, who also said there is room for improvement in coming years. A total of 237 students attended the program this summer, all of them in grades K-3. Here are some district data ...

New acting attorney general is a GOP loyalist from Iowa

IOWA CITY — The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Matthew G. Whitaker, 49, will become the ...

Worker fired amid criminal probe into Iowa security IDs

IOWA CITY — An Iowa employee responsible for issuing private security guard licenses was fired Tuesday for ethical violations amid a criminal investigation into whether his agency has been improperly granting the credentials, The Associated Press has learned. The Iowa Department of Public ...

Incumbents retain county supervisor seats

Incumbent Republicans Bill Patten and David Thompson were retained by Marshall County voters to manage county government. Unofficial results issued Tuesday night showed Thompson the top vote getter with 7,295 votes or 28.5 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Thompson was running ...

Reynolds points to economy but Hubbell notes continued needs

DES MOINES — Republican Kim Reynolds won her first full term as governor Tuesday, beating Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell to become the first woman elected governor in Iowa. Reynolds became governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad was named ambassador to China. She had previously won two ...

Incumbent Fisher re-elected to Iowa House

State Rep. Dean Fisher won his fourth term as the Iowa House District 72 representative Tuesday. The Montour farmer and Republican defeated Democratic challenger Mindy Benson, who serves as the emergency management coordinator for Tama County. Fisher won with 7,664 votes to to Benson’s 5,186 ...

Mark Smith wins 10th term as Iowa House District 71 representative

State House Minority Leader Rep. Mark Smith has won his 10th two-year term as representative of Iowa House District 71. Unofficially securing 58 percent of the vote, he beat out political newcomer James Perez, who unofficially earned 42 percent of the vote. “Just like every other term ...

Reynolds points to economy but Hubbell notes continued needs

DES MOINES — Republican Kim Reynolds won her first full term as governor Tuesday, beating Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell to become the first woman elected governor in Iowa. Reynolds became governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad was named ambassador to China. She had previously won two ...

Finkenauer defeats Blum, wins First Congressional District seat

A seat that had been shaded red for four years has returned to blue as Democrat Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rod Blum to represent Iowa’s First Congressional District. “Tonight, we as Iowans made clear who we are. Tonight, Iowa rejected fear and division, and ...

Iowa sees high voter turnout

Leading up to Tuesday’s mid-term election, much of the political talk around the state centered on turnout. People across the state certainly decided to vote absentee at a higher rate than in the previous mid-term election in 2014. According to Iowa Secretary of State’s Office data, ...

Local unopposed races

Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson, a Republican, had an opponent before State Center Mayor and former two-term state Sen. Steve Sodders, a Democrat, dropped out of the race. However, his name was printed on the ballot before dropping out. Benson unofficially secured 62 percent of the vote, with ...

Voters deliver split verdict in Iowa’s midterms

IOWA CITY — Democrats in Iowa captured a majority of the state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterms for the first time in years, but Republicans were trying to keep their grip on state government. Republicans were hoping to prevail in close races to maintain ...

Most state executive politicians hold on to seats

Iowans went to the polls in record numbers for a mid-term election. Their job: Determine who would take control of four major state offices. With one exception, incumbents held on. Democratic candidate Rob Sand beat incumbent Mary Mosiman for state auditor. In past elections, the races were ...