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Iowa politicians mourn death of former Secretary of Iowa Agriculture Bill Northey
Iowa politicians mourn death of former Secretary of Iowa Agriculture Bill Northey
Alejandro Rojas, News Editor • February 5, 2024

Bill Northey, the former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died on Monday. He was 64. Northey served as Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture from 2007-18 and was appointed as Under Secretary...

Grassley, other lawmakers request investigation into rocky FAFSA rollout
Grassley, other lawmakers request investigation into rocky FAFSA rollout
Alejandro Rojas, News Editor • January 25, 2024

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is joining other federal lawmakers in requesting the Government Accountability Office to investigate the rocky rollout of the updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The request comes after a difficult release in December 2023 for...

Attendees wait for Iowa caucuses to begin at Clear Creek Elementary School in Oxford, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Trump led the precinct with 32 votes.
Iowa experts speculate future of the first-in-the-nation caucuses
Roxy Ekberg, Politics Reporter • January 22, 2024

Following changes to the Iowa Democratic caucuses and a record-low voter turnout across the board, the future of the first-in-the-nation contest seems uncertain. While the spirit of the Iowa caucuses has not been abandoned, some experts say it may never return to its traditional...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen in Des Moines on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.
Religious freedom bill on its way to governor’s desk
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • February 29, 2024

After more than an hour of debate Thursday, Iowa House lawmakers passed a bill that supporters say would expand protections for religious freedom while those opposed say the bill could lead to discrimination. The bill, Senate File 2095, is coined the Religious Freedom Restoration...

The inside of the gold dome is seen during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. The Republicans have 34 seats in the senate and the Democrats have 16 seats.
Higher education overhaul passes Iowa House
Liam Halawith, Politics Editor • February 29, 2024

Iowa House lawmakers voted Thursday to eliminate all “non-essential” diversity, equity, and inclusion staff in Iowa’s three public universities and cap tuition increases at 3 percent. The bill, House File 2558, would codify 10 DEI directives doled out to Iowa’s three...

A pride flag is seen during the 2023 Pride Parade & Festival in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
UI Pride House program coordinator steps down after six years
Theron Luett, News Reporter • February 29, 2024

After nearly six years, the program coordinator for the University of Iowa’s Pride Alliance Center Emma Welch stepped down from her position. Welch said she felt “inauthentic” working for a state actively creating legislation that affects LGBTQ+ individuals. The departure...

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Vince Everett Ellison holds up a photo of Iowa City activist graffiti during a guest lecture at the IMU on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Ellison is a conservative speaker invited by YAF who opposes DEI and abortion. Two dozen protesters played a “bingo board” made out of Ellison’s talking points.
Iowa YAF brings Vince Everett Ellison to IMU, protesters raise money for reproductive health care
Liam Halawith and Roxy Ekberg February 26, 2024

As Iowa lawmakers consider legislation to codify the Iowa Board of Regents’ efforts to reduce the number of diversity equity and inclusion offices in Iowa’s public universities, anti-DEI advocate and speaker Vince Everett Ellison upheld the policies to the conservative...

Members of the Johnson County Democratic Party’s Central Committee meet at Carpenters Local in Iowa City on Thursday Feb. 1, 2024. The committee was voting on whether to censure the Johnson County Attorney Rachel Zimmermann Smith.
Resolution to denounce JoCo attorney for protester arrests fails after heated debate
Alejandro Rojas, News Editor • February 2, 2024

In a packed room at the Carpenters Union Local 1260 at 1008 William St., the Johnson County Democrats Central Committee voted against a proposed resolution Thursday night to censure county attorney Rachel Zimmermann Smith for charges against seven protesters. Supporters...

Conservative activist Yeonmi Park speaks at the Iowa Memorial Union’s Main Lounge in an event sponsored by Young Americans for Freedom on Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023. Yeonmi Park described defecting from North Korea and her experiences with communism.
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park speaks at Iowa Memorial Union
Natalie Miller, Politics Reporter • November 15, 2023

A crowd of around 150 University of Iowa students gathered at the IMU on Tuesday to hear North Korean defector and author Yeonmi Park.  Park, invited by the UI conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom at Iowa, has spoken at dozens of universities across the...