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Rita Hart appeals to rural interests in Coralville

Rita Hart is seen speaking during her backyard tours on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 24, 2020

About 25 people bundled up and braved the cold in Coralville Saturday morning, gathering to hear Rita Hart talk about rural issues in southeast Iowa. Part of her “Backyard Talks” tour, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District spoke outside the home of Coralville May...

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says the country is watching Iowa’s congressional races

Nikki Haley, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during the Ronald Reagan Dinner hosted by the Johnson County Republicans of Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 21, 2020

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley headlined the annual Reagan Society Dinner in Johnson County Wednesday night, saying the country’s eyes are on Iowa’s multiple competitive congressional races that have the potential to flip red. “What's on the line is the difference between a ...

Kamala Harris, Iowa Democrats emphasize importance of 2020 election during Liberty and Justice Celebration

Candidate for Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris (D) speaks during the 2020 IDP Liberty and Justice Celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Harris has served as a United States Senator for California since 2017. The live-streamed video was produced by the Iowa democratic party. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 18, 2020

U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Iowa Democrats running for office spoke on the importance of flipping state and federal seats in what some of them called the most important election of their lifetime during the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Liberty and Justice Celebration Sunda...

Fact check: final U.S. Senate debate between Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield

Screenshot from the Des Moines Register’s live feed.

Caleb McCullough and Julia Shanahan

October 15, 2020

Iowa’s third and final U.S. Senate debate Thursday night was marred by technical difficulties for the first 20 minutes, as both Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield struggled to hear moderators and dealt with their microphones frequently cutting out. Once the p...

Candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District participate in final debate before Election Day


Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 15, 2020

The candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District engaged in a civil hour-long debate on Thursday night, with the most contention on the topic of health care, similar to past debates.  Because of the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week, the future of the Affordable Care Act...

Familiar themes emerge in second District 2 debate

Democratic nominee Rita Hart (left) and Republican nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks (right) strive for Iowa’s Second Congressional District seat during their Oct. 8, debate. (Ayrton Breckenridge/The Daily Iowan)

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 8, 2020

Democrat Rita Hart and Republican state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks pointed fingers over health care and the coronavirus pandemic in a debate Thursday night. The candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other of not wanting to protect Iowans’ access to health care, with M...

Prominent Iowa Democrats hold online event a month before Election Day

Former secretary of state candidate Deidre Dejear speaks during a town hall for Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. at the Quad Cities Waterfront  Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa on  Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. Dejear was the chair of Harris' campaign in Iowa.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 4, 2020

At what would have traditionally been a barbecue, the Johnson County Democrats held a virtual event featuring prominent Iowa and national politicians where they encouraged viewers to vote and volunteer in their areas. Deidre DeJear, Iowa voting rights activist and 2018 candidate for Iowa secretary of...

Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield point fingers in second U.S. Senate debate

Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield point fingers in second U.S. Senate debate

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 3, 2020

Candidates for Iowa’s U.S. Senate participated in their second debate Saturday night, both accusing each other of dishonestly in their attacks on health care, social security, and racial justice.  Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield accused Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of wanting to defund a...

Iowa candidates in competitive seats navigate campaigning during COVID-19

Illustration by Maxwell Johnson

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 27, 2020

Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in Iowa are navigating a new culture of campaigning in contentious races many election experts consider to be toss ups. These candidates, in races crucial to their party’s efforts to either hold or flip a seat, are pushing their...

Rita Hart continues “Backyard Talk” tour with stop in Iowa City

Democratic candidate for Congress Rita Hart arrived in Iowa City for her backyard talk campaign tour on September 26, 2020. Hart talked about her campaign promises and addressed issues related to gun control, healthcare, the economy, and police reform.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 26, 2020

In a social-distanced Iowa City event, Rita Hart continued her “Backyard Talks” Tour on Saturday morning with around 15 people where she talked about health care opportunities and strengthening the Affordable Care Act.  Hart, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, said...

Candidates for Iowa House District 2 face off in first debate

Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks (left) speaks with a member of UISG during the Hawkeye Caucus at the State Capitol in Des Moines on April 9, 2019. Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (right) speaks with supporters during her meet and greet at Yotopia on June 30, 2019. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 24, 2020

Candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District talked COVID-19 response and health care, among other issues, during an Iowa Press debate held in an empty auditorium on Thursday evening.  The debate featured Republican candidate Marianette Miller-Meeks, a state senator, and Democratic candidate...

Former President Barack Obama endorses Rita Hart, other Iowa Democrats

Rita Hart, Democratic candidate for Iowa's Second Congressional District, speaks to supporters at Yotopia in Iowa City on Sunday.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

August 3, 2020

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, along with other Democrats running in Iowa and other states on Monday through his social media.  I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathe...