Here are the top political stories that impacted Iowa in 2018.
Iowans elect female leadership
Midterm elections brought change to the state. Kim Reynolds was elected the first female governor of Iowa; Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne won their Congressional races, marking the first two female House of Representatives members in Iowa history.
Medical marijuana becomes a reality
Passing of Governor Robert D. Ray
Over the summer, Iowans said goodbye to an icon in Iowa politics—Governor Robert D. Ray.
Misconduct by state employees
Jamison “intentionally, without consent, and in a public place” grabbed an employee’s breasts with both of his hands, the report detailed.
State senator Nate Boulton withdrew his name from the gubernatorial race after two women went public with allegations of sexual misconduct he committed before he was in political office.
Governor Reynolds signs Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law
A bill. Then a law. And now a court case. Women’s reproductive rights took center stage this legislative session as Gov. Reynolds signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law, banning abortions once a fetus’ heartbeat is detected.
The law is currently being challenged in the court system.