Steve King

Election in the Rearview, Iowa Governor Gives Steve King an Ultimatum
Kim Reynolds joined King for a campaign rally on the eve of Election Day

A conservative publication recently released audio recording of Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King referring to immigrants as “dirt.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Days after a narrowly securing her seat, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued her first harsh words for Rep. Steve King — who has been denounced by anti-racism activists and Jewish congregations in Iowa for his sympathies to white nationalists — in the form of an ultimatum. 

“I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th District or do something else, and I think he needs to take a look at that,” the Republican governor said in a gaggle with reporters on Tuesday.

Rep. Steve King Called Immigrants ‘Dirt’ in Recorded Conversation
Iowa Republican had previously denied making the comments

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, called immigrants “dirt” in a pre-election meeting with constituents last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

News outlet The Weekly Standard released an audio recording of Rep. Steve King referring to immigrants from the West Coast as “dirt” during a conversation with constituents before the midterm elections last week.

King, who staved off a challenge from Democrat J.D. Scholten by 3 points last week, had previously denied he made the comments and called for the audio’s release.

Did the Politics of Division Work? Yes and No
Though America has always seen progress and pushback, this election threatened to push us back a century or two

When we look back at this election, we’ll remember all the “firsts.” But we’ll also remember that time the president called Andrew Gillum, vying to become Florida’s first African-American governor, “not equipped” and a “stone-cold thief,” Curtis writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Donald Trump is a celebrity president, more interested in declaring a “great victory” after the 2018 midterms than in vowing to bring the country together. As he sparred with the media Wednesday and bragged about outdoing Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and famous folks who stumped for the other side, he did his best Rodney Dangerfield routine, playing the aggrieved president who has all the power but gets no respect.

When asked about the violent episodes that shook America in the weeks before Nov. 6 and whether he should soften his tone, he boasted about the economy, said he was “sad” to see the violence, and then talked about his great relationship with Israel.

Steve King Belittles NRCC for Supporting Gay Candidate
Embattled Republican makes joke about Supreme Court justices Kagan and Sotomayor ‘eloping to Cuba’

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has been under fire for taking positions supporting white nationalists. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Under renewed scrutiny for his incendiary comments about immigration and multiculturalism, embattled Iowa Rep. Steve King leaned on homophobia in his closing statement to voters Monday, according to video captured by Democratic trackers and other reports.

King ratcheted up his feud with the House campaign arm of the Republican Party, belittling the National Republican Congressional Committee for supporting a gay candidate in California.

5 Reasons Why Democrats Are Poised to Take Over the House
Money, Trump and a few unexpected breaks have boosted party’s chances

Harley Rouda, a Democrat running for California's 48th Congressional District, speaks during his campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif. in May (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At the start of this election cycle, historical trends suggested Democrats were likely to make gains in the House. Two years later, they appear to be on the verge of taking over the chamber. A few surprising developments helped them get there.

While President Donald Trump has attempted to deflect blame should Republicans lose House control Tuesday, he has certainly been a factor in this year’s contests. That’s typical for midterm elections — the president’s party has lost an average of 33 seats in 18 of the last 20 midterms.

DOJ Civil Rights Division to Monitor Polls in 35 Counties on Election Day
Arizona, Nevada, Florida, North Dakota, and Texas among 19 states where DOJ personnel will monitor polling places

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has deployed Civil Rights Division personnel to monitor polling locations in 35 counties in 19 different states on Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections, voters in 35 counties — from Las Vegas to Dallas to Tampa — will head to precincts that are being closely monitored by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for “compliance with the federal voting rights laws,” the DOJ announced Monday.

“Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an American,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Steve King Recounts Holocaust Tour, Wards Off Anti-Semitic Accusations
Iowa Republican’s seat unexpectedly in play on eve of election

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, over the weekend described his recent trip to Poland to visit sites of the Holocaust. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has retweeted and met with far-right groups with ties to Nazis, defended himself against accusations of being an anti-Semite over the weekend by telling the story of his recent trip to Poland to visit sites of the Holocaust.

The Jewish non-profit group From The Depths, which raises money to take members of Congress and other other public figures to see Holocaust memorial sites, recently hosted King on a five-day tour through Poland.

King Flares Up at Question About White Nationalism: ‘I Knew You Were An Ambusher’
At forum, Iowa man asked King about sharing same ideology as Pittsburgh shooter

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is interviewed by NBC News in the rotunda of Russell Building on the first day of the 115th Congress in January 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amid escalating criticism for his incendiary rhetoric, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King flared up at a campaign event Thursday after a member of the public asked a question about his meeting with members of an extreme right-wing party in Europe.

“Do you identify as a white supremacist? Then why did you meet with a white supremacist organization in Austria?” a questioner said at a candidate forum at the state’s chamber of commerce office, the Des Moines Register reported.

Steve King Laying Low After White Supremacist Backlash
Ted Cruz supports King in phone call amid criticism over Iowa rep’s support of white nationalists

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is laying low until the midterms. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve King is laying low until the midterms after he received backlash this week from national Republicans for supporting white supremacist groups with ties to Nazis.

King has no campaign events scheduled for the rest of this week and through Election Day on Nov. 6, and his staff has stopped responding to local media inquiries, KPLC in Iowa reported.