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National Iowa leaders stand behind electoral college despite calls from 2020 Democrats to remove it

National Iowa leaders stand behind electoral college despite calls from 2020 Democrats to remove it

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

October 7, 2019

In the contest to select the Democratic presidential nominee, voting reform has been a popular topic among candidates in the presidential race. One piece of many candidates’ plans involve eliminating the electoral college. Abolishing the electoral college has historically been a popular position,...

2020 campaigns rally with climate activist Greta Thunberg

2020 campaigns rally with climate activist Greta Thunberg

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

October 4, 2019

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg brought thousands of people to the streets of Iowa City on Oct. 4, and 2020 presidential campaigns came out in full force to tout their candidates’ stances on climate change. Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Iowa for nearly a year, ral...

Bernie Sanders postpones Saturday Iowa City appearance, Cory Booker to make UI stop Monday

Bernie Sanders postpones Saturday Iowa City appearance, Cory Booker to make UI stop Monday

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

October 2, 2019

Monday two Democratic presidential hopefuls announced updates to scheduled visits around the Iowa City area. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is postponing his tentative trip to Iowa "until further notice" due to a medical procedure done Tuesday. After feeling chest discomfort at a Nevada event Tuesday,...

A look at presidential candidate endorsements ahead of the Iowa caucuses

A look at presidential candidate endorsements ahead of the Iowa caucuses

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

October 1, 2019

Editor's note: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris' circle is smaller than representative of the campaign's endorsements. She announced Sept. 12 a list of 100 "Blue Wave Women" who endorsed Harris for president. These Iowa women became active in politics after the 2016 election, and many will be serving as campaign vol...

The Cloakroom: Caucus Culture part 1: history and purpose

The Cloakroom: Caucus Culture part 1: history and purpose

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

September 25, 2019

What exactly is a caucus? And why is Iowa's first? For this episode of The Cloakroom, The Daily Iowan sat down with Professor David Redlawsk to discuss how Iowa's caucuses began and why the Hawkeye State keeps up this quirky political tradition. Redlawsk currently chairs the Political Science and Inte...

Latest Iowa poll shows Warren ahead, but Iowans say they aren’t paying attention to poll numbers

Latest Iowa poll shows Warren ahead, but Iowans say they aren’t paying attention to poll numbers

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

September 22, 2019

Barbara Stannard and Dennis Doderer are neighbors and have lived in Iowa City for nearly 40 years. They attended the Polk County Steak Fry together on Saturday, wearing stickers and holding signs in support of U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. The Steak Fry event featured speeches from 1...

Campaigns attempt to show strength in numbers at Polk County Steak Fry

Campaigns attempt to show strength in numbers at Polk County Steak Fry

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

September 21, 2019

Seventeen Democratic presidential hopefuls stuck to their stump speeches in Des Moines at the Polk County Steak Fry, despite large organizing efforts from the campaigns.  With a large field of Democrats remaining in September, many of the campaigns attempted to stand out among the crowded ballot ...

Presidential hopefuls outline priorities for LGBTQ issues 10 years after Iowa issues first gay marriage license

Presidential hopefuls outline priorities for LGBTQ issues 10 years after Iowa issues first gay marriage license

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

September 20, 2019

Ten Democratic candidates outlined their positions on LGBTQ issues at a forum Sept. 20 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, the first of its kind since before Iowa began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2009. In a sweltering auditorium, presidential hopefuls outlined their support for the...

Photos: Warren meets with North Liberty mobile home residents, visits Hamburg Inn No 2

Photos: Warren meets with North Liberty mobile home residents, visits Hamburg Inn No 2

Rylee Wilson, News Reporter

September 20, 2019

In a visit to Iowa City and North Liberty, Massachusetts Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren listened to the concerns of residents facing rising rent costs.  Warren toured the Golfview mobile home park in North Liberty Friday afternoon.  Golfview mobile home was acquired by Havenpark ...

DNC approves Iowa Democratic Party’s plan to host satellite caucuses, including at out-of-state college campuses

DNC approves Iowa Democratic Party’s plan to host satellite caucuses, including at out-of-state college campuses

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

September 20, 2019

Iowans will be able to apply to hold satellite caucuses at sites around the state and beyond under the Iowa Democratic Party’s new delegate-selection plan. The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee conditionally approved the Iowa Democratic Party’s updated caucus plans on Sept. 2...

Bill de Blasio drops presidential bid

Bill de Blasio drops presidential bid

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

September 20, 2019

And then there were 19. Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Sept. 20 that he would end his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. “After several months of campaigning, I have reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this...

Elizabeth Warren hits on economic reform in Iowa City stop

Elizabeth Warren hits on economic reform in Iowa City stop

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

September 19, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. gave her pitch for the presidential nomination at a rally in the IMU, delivering a familiar message on economic change to a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Warren touted her plan to address corruption in government, which draws on her anti-corruption legislation proposed...