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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...

Rita Hart calls for overturning Citizens United in virtual rally

Democratic candidate Rita Hart speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

July 30, 2020

Rita Hart called for an end to corporate money in politics in a virtual rally via Zoom on Thursday.  Hart, the Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, teamed up with End Citizens United President, Tiffany Muller to discuss her plan in tacklin...

Miller-Meeks wins Republican nomination in Iowa’s 2nd District House race

Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks speaks with a member of UISG during the Hawkeye Caucus at the State Capitol in Des Moines on April 9, 2019. The Hawkeye Caucus provides members of the University of Iowa community to come speak with Iowa legislators.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

June 2, 2020

State Sen. Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Ottumwa, won the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District with 47.54 percent of the vote at press time, after a contentious campaign against opponent Bobby Schilling. Schilling received 36.38 percent of the vote. Candidates Steve Everl...

Theresa Greenfield wins Democratic Senate primary


Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 2, 2020

Des Moines businesswoman Theresa Greenfield won the Democratic U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, taking 47.7 percent of the vote and beating out three challengers, securing the nomination to face Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in the November general election. Greenfield, 56, was endorsed by the Democratic Senat...

Randy Feenstra ousts Steve King, clinches Republican party nomination for 4th District

Randy Feenstra ousts Steve King, clinches Republican party nomination for 4th District

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

June 2, 2020

Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, has clinched the Republican party’s nomination representing the 4th District of Iowa following the state’s primary Tuesday night. The victory comes after a competitive battle with Steve King, an incumbent of nearly 20 years, along with three other chal...

Theresa Greenfield’s no-corporate-PAC pledge needs some explanation

Theresa Greenfield’s no-corporate-PAC pledge needs some explanation

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

May 28, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Lyle Muller and Sarah Watson If your time is short: Theresa Greenfield says she has not taken money from corporate political action c...

COVID-19 not slowing giving to Iowa’s congressional races

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks about her personal struggles during the Iowa GOP Reception at Hughes Family Barn in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 21, 2020

While most of the nation’s focus is on the novel coronavirus pandemic, candidates for federal races in Iowa have seen an increase in campaign donations from January, but political scientists say there is potential for depressed donations in future months. Federal Election Commission filings showe...

Campaigns continue virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa House candidate Christina Bohannon speaks during the kickoff event for her Iowa House bid at Big Grove on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Bohannon advocates for combating climate change, voices for education, and addressing gun violence.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 1, 2020

Christina Bohannan was in the midst of knocking doors for her campaign for Iowa’s 85th House District when schools and businesses began to close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak around March 17. “I had my list and I was going up and down knocking doors on different streets,” Bohannan...

Iowa City engineer Newman Abuissa ends Congressional campaign, endorses Rita Hart

Newman Abuissa, a Syrian-American, talks about the Syrian peoples experience at the UICHR Syria Panel in the University Capitol Centre on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. (The Daily Iowan/Emily Burds)

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 3, 2020

Newman Abuissa ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for a seat representing Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. In an emailed release Monday, the 25-year transportation engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation wrote that he'd be throwing his support behind Rita Hart, a former...

U.S. Senate candidate Michael Franken highlights rural concerns in Iowa City

Retired Naval officer, Michael Franken speaks to supporters at the law office of Iowa City attorney Jim Larew on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. After forty years of service in the Navy, Franken is stepping down to pursue a campaign for senator.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

December 14, 2019

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken told The Daily Iowan he is trying to be “the face of rural America” in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Franken, who is one of many Democrats vying to challenge Iowa’s junior senator, Republican Joni Ernst next November, met and spoke with about 30 prosp...

Ernst, Democratic leadership fight over Violence Against Women Act

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks about her personal struggles during the Iowa GOP Reception at Hughes Family Barn in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

November 21, 2019

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa accused U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of blocking bipartisan work on the 2019 Violence Against Women Restoration Act from coming to the Senate floor in a Nov. 21 conference call with reporters.  Ernst was working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the law's renewal...