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It's been two weeks since two horrific mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas resulted in the deaths of 31 people, but Americans' calls for common sense gun reform haven't relented.

This is most recently evident at an Iowa town hall for Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Ernst, who is up for reelection in 2020, has an A-rating from the National Rifle Association and received a nearly $10 thousand donation during her 2014 senate campaign.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall meeting at the Ericson Public Library on August 13, 2019 in Boone, Iowa. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa is no stranger to controversy or to being asked to resign. Earlier this year King was stripped of his committee assignments by his own party leadership citing his racist, xenophobic and White supremacist statements.

Now King is under fire for comments made about the merits of incest and rape. King told the Westside Conservative Club Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest.

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The Iowa State Fair is a mainstay for presidential candidates vying for favor among the swing state's undecided voters. This year is no different.

Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination descended on Iowa this past weekend to eat fair food, speak with voters, and address fairgoers in "soapbox" speeches.

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Ken Klippenstein—of the news and commentary web series The Young Turks—decided to have a bit of fun on Twitter Thursday, July 4. First, Klippenstein replied to embattled Iowa Republican House member Steve King's Independence Day message, asking him to pay tribute to his "uncle."

Klippenstein actually targeted numerous people, both conservative and liberal, with his prank.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, issued a short and sweet response after protesters chanting "Sodom and Gomorrah" interrupted him at an Iowa campaign rally.

An organized effort led by Randall Terry, a Christian activist who founded the anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue, attempted to detract from the event by shouting about the Biblical cities destroyed by God's wrath. But the crowd of more than 1,600 Buttigieg supporters drowned them out by chanting Buttigieg's name.

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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on June 21, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Unemployment in Iowa, under 4 percent when President Donald Trump won the state in 2016, fell to 3 percent. Iowa’s Republican congressional delegation voted for the GOP tax reform bill with no protests from their constituents. After all, Iowans subtract their federal income taxes from their state income taxes, a tax bonus they share with only five other states.

But despite the favorable results for Iowans, the end-of-year Iowa Poll found President Trump garnering only 35 percent approval in the state. The poll conducted by Selzer and Company at the end of the year, showed only 34 percent of Iowans said they plan to vote Republican for Congress in 2018. Meanwhile, 61 percent said politics in general sickens them.

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Iowa state Senator David Johnson expressed concerns with the “innate bigotry” of Donald Trump’s supporters and is the first elected official to leave the Republican party over Trump. Johnson announced he will change his registration to No Party after Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias after Curiel, who is of Mexican heritage, released documents related to a case against Trump University. Johnson was adamant that he had never “supported Trump at any point along the way,” and that his “racial remarks and judicial jihad is the last straw.”

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