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Iowa Politics Newsletter: Finishing up the September Iowa Poll, Iowa farms on the national stage


Good morning Iowa,

Today is our last day of Iowa Poll — and we're finishing by looking at how Iowans feel abortion. [READ THE STORY HERE]

Overall, 54 percent of Iowans now say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 39 percent believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. More Iowans support legal abortion than a decade ago, when only 48 percent of Iowans said abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

The other big question is how Iowans feel about the new fetal heartbeat law, which Gov. Kim Reynolds signed in the spring. The new Iowa Poll shows 52 percent of Iowans believe the law goes too far, while 39 percent think it’s appropriate. Ten percent are unsure.

Want to learn more about the fetal heartbeat bill? Take a look at our feature from May: [READ MORE HERE]

President Donald Trump was also on the minds of Iowans today. Here's why:

  • Trump is in negotiations for the new North American trade deal — called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA to replace NAFTA. So far, the trade deal provides greater U.S. dairy, egg and poultry access in Canada, which Iowa farmers like — but they don't like that the tariffs are still in effect. [READ MORE HERE]
  • The President also told reporters he would be in Iowa soon to announce "something very important." The details of the trip aren't confirmed, but Politico reported Trump could visit Council Bluffs on Oct. 9 to campaign for Gov. Kim Reynolds and Rep. David Young. [READ MORE HERE]

But Trump wasn't the only national figure getting into Iowa politics yesterday.

  • California Rep. Devin Nunes' family farm has been in northwest Iowa  — not California — for more than a decade and may employ undocumented immigrants, an Esquire report alleges. [READ MORE HERE]
  • Former President Barack Obama endorsed nine Iowans for the upcoming midterms, including Democrat governor candidate Fred Hubbell and congressional candidates Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer, who are all locked in competitive races with Republican incumbents. [READ MORE HERE]
  • Republicans are also bringing in big name supporters ahead of the midterms. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has served as President Donald Trump's press secretary since July 2017, will be the special guest speaker at Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' 2nd Annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 13 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. [READ MORE HERE]

That's not all that's happening in Iowa. Here are some other stories we liked: