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Members of the audience cheer as Pete Buttigeig takes the stage at the Bell Center following the closing of the polls on Monday, February 3, 2020. The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel voted to strip Iowa of its first-in-the-nation status on Friday.
South Carolina officially replaces Iowa, ending first-in-the-nation status
Emily Delgado, Politics Reporter • February 5, 2023

The Democratic National Committee announced Saturday that the newly approved primary calendar removes Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status. The presidential nomination process will now start in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan.  Iowa has been...

Gov. Kim Reynolds high fives House Speaker Pro Tempore John H. Wills, R-District 10 before she signs the House File 68 in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
School choice becomes nationwide conservative priority
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • January 31, 2023

Iowa is one of the first GOP-led states in the U.S. to expand access to private K-12 education with state taxpayer funds after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law “school choice” legislation on Jan. 24. Iowa is the newest addition to a growing list of states that have...

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks to supporters during a watch party for the 2022 Iowa midterm elections at Spare Time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Hinson is up for reelection for her seat in the house against state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha. Because of redistricting, Hinson is now battling for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, previously she held the seat for the 1st Congressional District. Hinson announced her victory after Mathis conceded.
This week in Iowa politics | Hinson appointed bipartisan committee investigating China’s influence in the U.S.
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • January 26, 2023

Rep. Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, was appointed to the Bipartisan Select Committee investigating competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party. Hinson has raised concerns to Congress and the Department of Homeland Security...

The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The house swore in Pat Grassley as speaker of the house.
This week in Iowa politics | Senate passes 3 percent increase in state funding for schools, house expected to vote next week
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • February 2, 2023

The Iowa Senate passed a bill to increase the state’s allowable budget growth for school funding to 3 percent, half-a-percent more than Gov. Kim Reynolds budget recommendation. Iowa Senate Democrats proposed several amendments to the bill to increase the allowable growth...

Canned goods are seen on the shelves at the Food Pantry in the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (Cody Blissett/The Daily Iowan)
Bill to change SNAP benefits moves to committee vote
Emily Delgado, Politics Reporter • January 29, 2023

Iowans could see fewer food options eligible for food stamp benefits if a bill proposed by Iowa House Republicans is enacted into law. An Iowa House committee is discussing legislation that would modify specific food and eligibility requirements for Iowa’s Supplemental...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 2023 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.
Iowa lawmakers consider regents funding increase in budget debate this week
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • January 24, 2023

Iowa House and Senate lawmakers started state budget negotiations for the state’s next budget this week — including a 2.5 percent increase for Iowa’s public universities. Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed an $8.5 billion budget for fiscal 2024 following her Condition...

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Iowa City Community School District board members react during a meeting at the Professional Development Center at the Educational Services Center in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
Iowa City schools consider funding options for new preschool programs
Jack Moore, News Reporter • February 1, 2023

Funding for more Iowa City Community School District preschool program options is still being considered following a school board member debate on Tuesday.  Members of the Iowa City Community School District Board discussed the plans for the two new preschool programs...

Rep. Elinor Levin, D-Iowa City, watches other representatives pick seats during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Rep. Adam Zabner, D-90, will also serve his first term in the house.
New faces representing Johnson County in Iowa statehouse
Lauren White, Politics Reporter • January 22, 2023

Following the 2022 election, five new delegates represent Johnson County in the Iowa Legislature. While most are in the minority party, they jumped right into focusing on education, fentanyl precautions, and veterans — among other priorities.  Rep. Elinor Levin, D-Iowa City,...

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.
Johnson County residents speak against proposed Windham Village plans
Alejandro Rojas, News Reporter • December 8, 2022

Johnson County residents of Windham spoke out against a proposed plan on Thursday at the Board of Supervisors meeting that would set a village boundary for Windham Village. Residents requested the area be left in its current state. The plan would establish Windham — ...