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Farm income was up going into planting season, but not as high as president says

President Trump pauses during a speech at the Iowa GOP’s America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on June 11, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

May 22, 2020

If your time is short: President Trump claimed at a Jan. 30 Iowa campaign rally that net farm income has increased 50 percent since he has taken office.  With multiple farm relief packages making their way through Congress, income is on the minds of farmers as they begin harvesting fields. While ...

Did Sen. Ernst flip her position on health care funding?

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.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne If your time is short:  Democrats and Republicans were at loggerheads in April over whether to sandwich more funding for hospitals and testing with dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program as money ran out for the federal small business loan progr...

Iowa City businesses reopened cautiously commencement weekend

University of Iowa juniors Harrison Akienn and Michael Sehelbrop enjoy pizza and beer at the Airliner on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The Airliner as well as various other local businesses are experiencing a surge in business due to commencement weekend and the state government lifting certain quarantine regulations.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 17, 2020

Zoey Sletterhaugh’s parents drove five hours from Kansas City to be with their daughter in Iowa City for her virtual commencement ceremony this weekend.  The trio, which was supposed to include her grandparents, in their 80s, and her brother, wholives in Colorado, spent the morning taking p...

Young people are less at risk of dying from COVID-19, but not immune

Young people are less at risk of dying from COVID-19, but not immune

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

May 12, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne If your time is short:  State Rep. Jeff Shipley wrote that young people have a higher risk of dying from the HPV vaccination than of COVID-19. No deaths have ever been linked to the HPV vaccine.  While young people are less at risk of dying of C...

From 2016 election to 2020 caucuses, political process inspires UI graduates

Contributed/Alex Byrnes

Caleb McCullough and Julia Shanahan

May 10, 2020

Graduating Hawkeyes have benefited from a front-row view of the nation’s presidential-nomination process, as many came onto campus months before the 2016 election and are leaving not long after the 2020 first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. University of Iowa senior Alex Byrnes served as Iowa...

Governor shifting coronavirus strategy to “managing and containing” virus

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

May 7, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is shifting her coronavirus response strategy from mitigation to managing and containing the virus as she moves to partially reopen several retail businesses statewide Friday. “Originally it really was about protecting Iowans, there were so many unknowns, and it w...

Progressives in Iowa are disappointed by Biden’s nomination – but most still plan to vote for him

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with audience members following a campaign event in North Liberty on Saturday, February 1, 2020. With the Iowa Caucuses happening in two days, former Vice President Biden stopped to give a last minute pitch to Iowa voters. (Wyatt Dlouhy/The Daily Iowan)

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

May 5, 2020

Iowans who caucused in February for younger or more progressive candidates are grappling with the reality of Joe Biden’s status as the Democratic nominee, but a handful The Daily Iowan spoke with said they plan to vote for him. The DI spoke with voters and former caucusgoers from a variety of age r...

Governor’s push for reopening creates rift with health experts

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

May 4, 2020

Though public health experts are warning against reopening the state too early, Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing for a quick return to business across the state, backed by a swath of Republican legislators. Though she said her decisions aren’t political, response to Reynolds’ actions has fallen fairly evenly along party lines. On April 24, nine Rep...

Gov Kim Reynolds on Iowa’s response plan to COVID-19: ‘This isn’t political’

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Lauren White, News Reporter

May 4, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds rejected the notion that the state’s COVID-19 response has been based on political decisions, despite many Iowa Democrats disagreeing with Reynolds’ decision to not issue a shelter-in-place and to reopen parts of the state. Reynolds said during her daily press conference on...

Iowa lobbying group pushes for coronavirus drug price controls

Graphic by Katina Zentz

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 29, 2020

Some advocates in Iowa for lowering pharmaceutical prices are worried that once drug companies enter the market, COVID-19 drugs and treatment will be largely unaffordable without intervention from Congress. Iowa Citizens Action Network, in conjunction with the national organization Lower Drug Pri...

Johnson County leaders recommend still avoiding nonessential travel as other counties set to phase in reopening

The Johnson County Health and Human Services building at 855 South Dubuque Street.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 28, 2020

Even as the governor relaxes restrictions statewide on religious gatherings and farmers markets, some Johnson County organizations are hesitant to begin in-person gatherings next week, opting to continue with delays or no-contact operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. North Liberty Baptist...

Iowans strongly encouraged to vote by mail in June primary, in-person voting still an option

Voters fill out their ballots at a polling location in the Historic Dubuque Federal Building in Dubuque on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa’s primary elections — where voters will choose candidates for the U.S. Senate, House, and Statehouse races — will proceed as scheduled June 2 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though voters are highly encouraged to cast their ballots through the mail to prevent the spread of the novel coron...