Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. They have experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald.

DeSantis and Haley trade accusations at Iowa debate while Trump holds separate town hall

By: and - January 11, 2024

DeSantis and Haley were the only two candidates to take the stage at Drake University in Des Moines. Though front-runner Trump met the candidate polling requirements set by CNN, he continued his practice of holding a separate event instead of going directly up against his competitors, this time at a town hall with Fox News.

GOP presidential candidates brawl in Florida debate, while Trump rallies nearby

By: and - November 9, 2023

Five Republican candidates, debated on stage Wednesday night, as former President Donald Trump, the leading contender, held a separate rally.

Former Vice President Mike Pence ends 2024 presidential bid

By: - October 28, 2023

In suspending his campaign, Pence said he knew it would be an “uphill battle” to win the Republican presidential candidacy.

Trump, under federal gag order, says Biden is using courts to ‘illegally’ attack him

By: - October 16, 2023

Trump campaigned in Iowa instead of attending a court hearing in Washington, D.C., where he faces four felony charges for allegedly trying to sabotage the 2020 election.

GOP presidential hopefuls tear into each other and absent Trump at second debate

By: and - September 28, 2023

The candidates polling from second to eighth in the race for the Republican nomination for president largely agreed on policy, fought over their records and took aim at former President Donald Trump at their second debate of the year Wednesday night. Trump, who leads polls of the race by substantial margins, skipped the event at […]