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Iowa’s senators criticize Democrats for COVID-19 relief bill negotiations

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sits in his Washington office on March 12. Grassley said he opposes President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum because they could hurt Iowa farmers who rely on international trade to make a profit. (Gage Miskimen/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

August 6, 2020

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, criticized congressional Democrats this week on their role in negotiations on the upcoming coronavirus relief bill. Grassley said Democrats aren’t compromising on their goals for the bill, and are not accepting any of the Senate Republicans’ p...

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...

Joe Biden rallies Iowa Democrats 100 days out from general election

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa Democratic 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 26, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden was one of a few Democratic presidential hopefuls not to speak at last year’s packed Hall of Fame Celebration, which drew 19 of the party’s nearly two dozen candidates. This year, he headlined the event as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. The Iowa Democratic Party’s summer f...

Republican committee’s claim about the estate tax isn’t the whole story

Republican committee's claim about the estate tax isn't the whole story

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 23, 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 Rylee Wilson If your time is short: A new ad in Iowa claims the estate tax forces family farms and small businesses ...

Federal unemployment assistance will be reduced in phase four coronavirus relief bill, Grassley says

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 22, 2020

Federal unemployment assistance will likely continue in Congress’s phase four coronavirus relief package, but it will be reduced from the current mark of $600 a week, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.  Grassley held a press call with reporters Wednesday where he discussed the details of...

Iowa City City Council to move forward with creating Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

July 21, 2020

The Iowa City City Council took the next steps in creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address racial injustice in the city, discussing the details of the board they committed to creating in a resolution in June after weeks of protests and demands from the Iowa Freedom Riders, the g...

Ernst outlines goals for phase four coronavirus relief

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting in Sinclair Auditorium in Cedar Rapids on the Coe College campus on Friday, March 17, 2017.  Ernst is completing her 99 county tour and will speak again in Des Moines at 5 p.m. at Drake University.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 21, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she wants to focus on essential workers and agriculture in planning for an upcoming phase four coronavirus relief bill. Congressional leaders are in talks on the details of further federal assistance for people impacted by the pandemic, following the $2.2 trillion ...

Existing research shows lower rate of children getting, spreading COVID-19

Existing research shows lower rate of children getting, spreading COVID-19

Lyle Muller, PolitiFact Iowa Editor

July 16, 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 Caleb McCullough and Rylee Wilson If your time is short: Children do contract the coronavirus but current research shows it is happe...

State Auditor challenges Test Iowa reporting process

Then-Democratic candidate for State Auditor Rob Sand speaks during the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Bondurant Iowa on Sept. 16, 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 14, 2020

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand released a report Tuesday that found Test Iowa results are being reported through a chain that includes two private companies before arriving to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Sand said the process violates Iowa Code, which requires that labs dealing with rep...

Yes, the former U.S. vice president Johnson County is named after held slaves, married and fathered children with enslaved woman

Yes, the former U.S. vice president Johnson County is named after held slaves, married and fathered children with enslaved woman

Lyle Muller, PolitiFact Iowa Editor

July 8, 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 Caleb McCullough and Rylee Wilson What do you do when your county is named after a plantation owner from the 19th century who not only own...

Grassley says closing bars, mandating masks unnecessary in Iowa

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 6, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he doesn’t think Gov. Kim Reynolds needs to close bars or mandate masks to limit coronavirus spread, though he praised the governors of other states taking similar measures. Grassley said that from what he’s seen, the coronavirus situation isn’t as bad in...