Barbara Rodriguez is our state politics and voting reporter. She most recently worked at the Des Moines Register, where she covered health care, politics and state government. Before that, Barbara was the Iowa statehouse reporter for The Associated Press, where she worked for a decade.
CNN aired Trump’s election lies this week. For election workers, it has consequences.
Election workers, a predominantly women-led workforce, have had little respite from the effects of conspiracy theories.
How a new law allowed E. Jean Carroll to seek justice against Trump years later
Survivors of sexual assault and advocates helped pass the Adult Survivors Act in New York that was instrumental to Carroll’s civil case. They hope more people will file claims under the law, an option that expires in six months.
Jury finds Donald Trump assaulted, defamed E. Jean Carroll
A nine-member jury returned the verdict after hours of deliberations in a civil trial that began in late April and spanned several weeks.
Just 37 members of Congress are mothers with minor children
‘Politics doesn’t make it easy to be a parent’: Mothers in office hope a new report about representation draws attention to the challenges they face.
How GOP presidential hopefuls are talking to Iowans about abortion, education and gender
Several Republicans are making the rounds in the Midwest state ahead of the party’s first-in-the-nation caucus there early next year.
Women are almost half of lieutenant governors. Could it pave the way to higher office?
New research shows the opportunities and challenges for women who are second in command.
Ranked-choice voting is gaining momentum. So are efforts to stop it.
Advocates of ranked-choice voting say it helps women and people of color candidates participate in a more democratic election system. It’s part of why they see efforts to squash it as so alarming.
A rift is growing in the Republican Party over birth control
Iowa is one of several red states that has attempted to pass legislation to expand birth control access — but some anti-abortion groups oppose the move.
Trump’s charges are about business records. They’re also about how he treats women.
The way Trump is fighting criminal charges in New York — and the allegations underlying those charges — puts a spotlight on his history of insults and accusations.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer repeals 1931 abortion ban
The law is the culmination of Michigan Democrats’ new political power following the November midterms.