Developing: Iowa Republicans may look for a leadership change in the senate. The senate currently stands 25-24 Democrats after Marion’s Swati Dandekar stepped aside to join the Iowa Utilities Board. The November special election for her seat has the potential to tie up the senate evenly. Either way, and obviously, Republicans want to up their seats in 2012. Shell Rock’s Bill Dix will challenge current Minority Leader Paul McKinley Thursday morning in a leadership challenge vote, according to one Republican senator, who asked not to be named.
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