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State Senator Opens Up With New Book, "McCoy: You’re Going Straight to Hell"

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Senator and author Matt McCoy

McCoy, You’re Going Straight to Hell – that’s the title of State Senator Matt McCoy’s new book. In it, Iowa’s highest-ranking openly gay elected official shares personal stories and opinions sent to him on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.

"Not only was I going straight to hell, but I was bringing the souls of innocent Iowans with me...all these souls that would be lost as a result of marriage equality," he says.

In this River to River interview, Ben Kieffer talks with Sen. McCoy about the book, as well as his future political ambitions.

"It's something I'm looking at right now, and we're doing some analysis to try to determine if there's a path," says McCoy. "Ultimately, one of the things we've got to determine is how people are going to feel about electing an openly gay congressman."

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Ben Kieffer talks with Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy

Also on the program, Ben Kieffer talks with political analyst Michelle Bernard, on the latest political news, predictions for 2026, and how women are changing politics.

"I think that the state of American women in politics today is excellent," she says. "Women's voices are being heard and having a true influence on the way that we run our nation."

"Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. But are things better than ever? Absolutely."

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River