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Campaigns continue virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic

Campaigns continue virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

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

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

Johnson County sheriff launches bid for Iowa House District 73 seat

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

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

By the numbers: The figures that defined the Iowa caucuses

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

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

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

First-time caucusgoers wade into murky waters of Iowa politics

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 ...

Sanders rallies last-minute support at Iowa City HQ stop

Sanders rallies last-minute support at Iowa City HQ stop

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

February 2, 2020

With a little more than 24 hours before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. spent Sunday morning with supporters and a litany of volunteers at his Iowa City field office. During an event consisting of an acoustic rendition of Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are a-Changin'” and an e...

Bernie Sanders narrowly wins UI mock caucus over Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang

Bernie Sanders narrowly wins UI mock caucus over Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

January 31, 2020

Bernie Sanders narrowly clinched victory over Elizabeth Warren at a mock caucus at the IMU Friday night, where student campaign representatives sported bright t-shirts and banners from nearly every presidential candidate.  Over 200 people attended the event ahead of the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, ...

Despite tight budgets, UI students chip in to support 2020 bids

Despite tight budgets, UI students chip in to support 2020 bids

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

January 29, 2020

When U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, first-year University of Iowa student Jack Bryson felt it was a critical moment for Trump’s campaign. Bryson, president of Hawks for Trump, decided to donate $5 to Trump for the first...

Caucus rule change could leave uncommitted caucusgoers stuck in a viable group

Caucus rule change could leave uncommitted caucusgoers stuck in a viable group

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 26, 2020

The Democratic caucuses serve as a place for Iowans to have an open discussion with their neighbors and fellow Democrats to try and convince them to support a given candidate. This long-standing tradition could have an unexpected wrinkle this year, Democratic campaigners say, because of a rule chang...

Interest in increased vaping regulations unclear among Iowa lawmakers

Interest in increased vaping regulations unclear among Iowa lawmakers

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 13, 2020

DES MOINES — As Iowa’s 2020 legislative session begins, Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, said he’s unsure if there’s an appetite among Iowa lawmakers to tighten regulations on nicotine vapor products, weeks after U.S. Congress raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products.  “I think...