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    DES MOINES — A day after political opponents argued Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken should release from legal constraints a former staffer who claimed Franken kissed her without her consent, Franken’s campaign manager said no such legal agreement exists.

      Iowa U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson launched new campaign ads portraying the Marion Republican as a champion for working families, while criticizing her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Liz Mathis of Hiawatha, for voting against a bill that lowers the individual income tax rate for all Iowans to a rate of 3.9 percent by 2026.

        A trial is underway for an Iowa man whose confrontation with police created some of the most memorable images from a mob's attack on the U.S. Capitol. Jurors heard attorneys' opening statements Tuesday in Doug Jensen's trial in Washington, D.C. A viral video recorded by a reporter’s cellphone showed Jensen running after a Capitol Police officer who was retreating from a crowd of rioters up a flight of stairs. Jensen was wearing a shirt bearing the letter “Q” to express his adherence to the QAnon conspiracy theory. His lawyer said QAnon influenced Jensen's actions at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A prosecutor said Jensen wanted to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

        Train shipments of grain, fertilizer, lumber, produce and fuel will not come to a screeching halt on Friday, as a strike that could have idled freight and passenger trains across the state and the country seems to have been averted — for now.


        U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he believes Republicans have good Senate candidates and will win enough seats to control the chamber in the November elections, as a dust-up between party leadership prompted questions over their chances in the midterms.

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