Iowa, the Hawkeye state, was the 29th state to join the union, on December 28, 1846. The state capital is Des Moines, which is also the largest city. The state flower is the wild rose, the state tree is the oak, the state bird is the eastern goldfinch, and the state rock is the geode. Iowa has roughly 3 million people; 94% of them are white, and 97% were born in the US. The state was settled by immigrants from the Ohio Valley and New England states, Germany, Bohemia, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Politically, the state is known for choosing its Presidential nominees in the Iowa caucus, which is held in January of Presidential election years. In recent years, the state has been one of the most evenly divided in the country; it voted for Gore by 4000 votes in 2000, then voted for Bush by 12000 votes in 2004. Iowa has high levels of citizen participation, and the article Iowa: Running for Office has guidelines for candidates and voters.
Iowa is produces more renewable fuels, like ethanol, than any other state, and it is also the second largest per capita producer of wind energy.
- Ten Things You Didn't Know About Iowa 
Iowa Presidential Results
*2008: Obama 54.0 / McCain 45.0 *2004: Kerry 49.7 / Bush 50.3 *2000: Gore 50.1 / Bush 49.9
- Chuck Grassley (R - New Hartford) (next election in 2016)
- Tom Harkin (D - Cumming) (next election in 2014)
- District 1: Bruce Braley (D - Waterloo)
- District 2: David Loebsack (D - Mt. Vernon)
- District 3: Leonard Boswell (D - Davis City)
- District 4: Tom Latham (R - Alexander)
- District 5: Steve King (R - Kiron)
- Governor: Terry E. Branstad (R)
- Lt. Governor: Kim Reynolds (R)
- Secretary of State: Matt Schultz (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Bill Northey (R)
- Attorney General: Tom Miller (D)
- Auditor: David A. Vaudt (R)
- Treasurer: Michael L. Fitzgerald (D)
- Iowa State Senate
- Iowa State House
- Iowa General Assembly: Lists of Legislators, District Maps, Committees and online tracking tool for pending legislation.
Boards and Commissions
- Iowa Board of Regents
- Vision Iowa Board
- Iowa State Board of Education
- Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
- Iowa Statewide elections, 2010
- United States Senate election in Iowa, 2010
- United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2010
- Iowa elections, 2008
- Iowa Statewide elections, 2006
- Iowa Federal elections, 2006
- Iowa State Senate elections, 2006
- Iowa State House elections, 2006
- Iowa General Election, 2005
- Iowa election results
State Government Links
- State of Iowa: The Official Website.
- Constitution of the State of Iowa: The complete text including all amendments.
- Election results, 1996-2004 (Secretary of State's office)
- Bleeding Heartland - community blog
- Iowa Independent
- Blog for Iowa - DFA
- John Deeth Blog
- Essential Estrogen
- Century of the Common Iowan
- Popular Progressive
- True Blue Iowan - Gordon Fisher's blog
- Political Forecast - great list of daily political events.
- Krusty Konservative - Republican blog.
- Hawkeye GOP
Iowa Democratic Party
- Iowa Democrats: The Official Party Website.
- Iowa Senate Democrats - State Senate Democratic Caucus
- Iowa House Democrats - State House Democratic Caucus
Other Statewide Groups
- 1000 Friends of Iowa
- Dawn's List - electing Democratic pro-choice women to the Iowa Legislature.
- Iowa for Healthcare
- Iowa Citizens Action Network
- Iowa Citizens for Science
- Iowa Business Council
- Iowa Policy Project - liberal economic think tank.
- Iowans for Sensible Priorities
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