Another linkfest of legislative forums and such from across the state:
Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, has his first active challenge in six years from Democrat Mairk Seidl, who ran against Renee Schulte under the old lines in 2010. Two stories here and here.
This story and this story from House 39, where Republican Jake Highfill has the partisan edge and young Dem Kelsey Clark has the maturity edge.
GOP incumbent Pat Ward called in sick to a Senate 22 forum which included her opponent, Democrat Desmund Adams. The two House 44 candidates, Republican Rob Taylor and Democrat Eric Brenneman, were also on hand.
In Oskaloosa, two pairs of open seat candidates faced off: Republican Ken Rozenboom and Democrat Tim Tripp for Senate 40, and Dem Joe Judge and Republican Larry Sheets for House 80. House 79 GOP incumbent Guy Vander Linden showed up; the Dem on the ballot moved out of state.
Some non-forum stories: An Omaha World-Herald piece on three western Iowa House races, # 12, 15 and 16. (That's Council Bluff and Carroll for you who don't have the map memorized.)
The Conservative Reader is doing a District Of The Day kinda thing on the hot Senate races. Here's two, both with Republican uncumbents - hey! That was a typo but it's a great new word to describe a defeated incumbent. Let's hope it works on these two races. : Senate 24, Jerry Behn (R) vs. Shelly Stotts (D) and Senate 38 Tim Kapucian (R) vs. Shelley Parbs (D).
And in a rare mention, we have the Tiffin City Council special election!