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Johnson County District Court judge rules in favor of Trump campaign, invalidating thousands of ballot-request forms

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Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 14, 2020

A judge in the Johnson County District Court ruled Monday in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, invalidating thousands of ballot-request forms mailed to voters with pre-filled information. Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert must contact every person who mailed in a ballot-requ...

State and counties ramp up poll worker recruitment ahead of general election

Johnson County volunteers collect information at a primary precinct located 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.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 1, 2020

Iowa election officials are recruiting poll workers ahead of the Nov. 3 general election to prevent a possible shortage, as many usual workers are sitting out because of the coronavirus pandemic. In Linn County, which has been recruiting poll workers since January, there are around 400 people confi...

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...

Iowa leads the nation in overall high-school graduation rates, lags behind in minority graduation rates

Iowa leads the nation in overall high-school graduation rates, lags behind in minority graduation rates

Katie Ann McCarver, News Editor

May 29, 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: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa has the highest high-school graduation rate in t...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors to discuss recommended minimum wage increase to $10.63

Johnson County Supervisors call for the meeting to start at the Johnson County Human Services building before a public hearing to replace the Unified Development Ordinance on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will discuss raising the county’s recommended minimum wage to $10.63 at their 9 a.m. Wednesday meeting this week.  If passed, its decision would fall in line with the phased increases that were established by vote in 2015, as previously reported by The D...

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...

Johnson County was the sole Iowa county Elizabeth Warren won. Her supporters there react to her dropped 2020 bid.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 5, 2020

University of Iowa fifth-year student Cesar Perez described the end of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign as heartbreaking and infuriating, saying she was the Democratic candidate with the most detailed policies. “Literally what people have to understand is people picke...

Johnson County sheriff launches bid for Iowa House District 73 seat

Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, introduces Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell alongside Johnson Country sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

February 27, 2020

After 35 years in law enforcement, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek announced Thursday he will run for the Iowa House District 73 seat, which encompasses all of Cedar County and eastern Johnson County. The chair is currently held by Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, the son of Jeff Kaufmann, Iowa...

New Iowa Democratic Party chair has eyes set on November


Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

February 17, 2020

Newly elected Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith said his top priority is electing Democrats up and down the ticket in November, assuming his role in a hotbed of controversy with a caucus process that is still under investigation. “Our goal is to defeat [Iowa’s Republican Sen.] Joni Ernst...

By the numbers: The figures that defined the Iowa caucuses

University of Iowa students caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 12, 2020

Before absent results from the Iowa caucuses caught national attention, candidates traveled across the state, racked up hundreds of campaign stops, and shoveled millions of dollars into local advertising. The Daily Iowan looked back at the numbers that defined the race for candidates in the lead up...

Iowa Democratic Party allocates the most national delegates to Pete Buttigieg despite uncertainty in the results

Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg speaks to an audience during a caucus watch party at the Bell Center in Des Moines on Monday, February 3, 2020. At the time of the watch party, no precincts had finalized results. Buttigieg gave a hopeful speech and claimed victory in Iowa.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

February 9, 2020

After updating data from 55 precincts across the state, the Iowa Democratic Party released results on Sunday showing former South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg leading the delegate count a week after caucus night. Buttigieg was allocated 14 national delegates, followed by Bernie Sanders with 12, El...

First-time caucusgoers wade into murky waters of Iowa politics

University of Iowa students caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

February 4, 2020

As the nation trained its eyes on the Hawkeye State Monday night for the Iowa caucuses, many University of Iowa students were exposed to the oft raucous nature of the first-in-the-nation caucuses for the first time.  As colleges and universities throughout the state rallied behind their candidates ...