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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...

Iowans say Thursday’s presidential debate was more productive

The second 2020 Presidential Debate plays on the television in Gabe’s on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate is between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 22, 2020

Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered contrasting visions for America’s future Thursday night, in an exchange that was far more restrained than the pair’s first debate in September. With less than two weeks until Election Day, the presidential race in Iowa has tightened to a tossup. Biden holds a ...

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 ...

Ernst mostly true in claiming she is one of the most bipartisan senators

Ernst mostly true in claiming she is one of the most bipartisan senators

Rylee Wilson and Rachel Schilke

October 21, 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: Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, claimed in debates she was ranked as one of the most bipartisan senato...

First time voters share the importance of voting, encourage others to vote

A voting site is seen in the University of Iowa Visual Arts Building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 20, 2020

Jorge Salinas, 37, voted in his first U.S. election since being granted citizenship earlier this year. Salinas, an epidemiologist at University of Iowa Health Care, is from Lima, Peru, where voting is mandatory for all eligible citizens and a national holiday is dedicated to getting people out o...

Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Economic Development Authority launch program for Iowa residents experiencing financial loss

City of Iowa City Town Hall is seen on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

October 20, 2020

Iowa residents who are behind on their utility bills because of COVID-19 financial strain, can apply for a new state program to catch up. The Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority recently took part in launching the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program, aimed to help residents across the state who hav...

Terry Branstad denies conflict of interest in Eric Branstad’s involvement in China

Ambassador Terry Branstand discusses the financial impact of COVID-19 on Iowa’s economy at The Palmer House Stable on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 20, 2020

Former Iowa Gov. and Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said his son, Eric Branstad, did not benefit from the elder Branstad’s post as ambassador, deflecting a recent report from The Intercept that Eric Branstad used his father’s influence to his personal benefit. “I want to make it cle...

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...

Iowa voters say they’re voting for Trump because of his ‘American standard of living’

The crowd is seen during a Trump campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Thousands of people showed up to hear President Donald Trump speak about his campaign and support Iowa republicans for the upcoming election.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 15, 2020

Several thousand Iowans filled a tarmac at the Des Moines International airport Wednesday night to greet President Trump, and many said they plan to vote for Trump on Nov. 3, despite his rhetoric many consider to be racist.   Many people The Daily Iowan spoke to said that while they don’t part...

Iowa Senators accused Democrats of using scare tactics and distraction strategies throughout Supreme Court confirmation hearings

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks during Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. With less than a month until the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years. If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Patrick Semansky/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Lauren White and Brian Grace

October 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Senate Democrats employed scare tactics throughout the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, including the notion that Barrett would be a threat to American health-care coverage. Iowa’s U.S. Sens. Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...