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Sanders rallies last-minute support at Iowa City HQ stop

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT speaks before supporters and volunteers on Sunday, Feb. 2. With one day before the Iowa caucuses, Sanders said his campaign is the only one with the momentum required to win the presidency.

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

on Friday, January 31st, 2020. The Mock Caucus is a sponsored event designed to train students for the upcoming Iowa Caucuses.  (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

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

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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

Students and members of the community sign in to caucus for the Democrat Party in the Robert Lee Rec Center on February 1, 2016.

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

The Iowa House convenes at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Leaders in the Iowa House of Representatives gave opening remarks to preview their priorities for the 2020 session.

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...

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorses Pete Buttigieg three weeks before the Iowa caucuses

Rep. Dave Loebsack speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

January 12, 2020

Iowa's 2nd District Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Loebsack, a Democrat, has served seven terms in Congress and will retire at the end of this year. Loebsack said in a press release that Buttigieg is th...

Video: The Daily Iowan’s Eastern Iowa legislative forum

The Iowa State Capitol is shown on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

December 8, 2019

Dispatching outside the ‘blue bubble’, Flip It Iowa aims to turn Iowa House to Democrats

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Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

November 12, 2019

On a rainy afternoon in early September, Temple Hiatt — a volunteer organizer, military veteran, and Iowa City native — launched into a fundraising pitch to a group composed mostly of Johnson County Democrats. Her pitch? Help elect an Iowa House candidate whose district lies outside the borders of Iow...

Johnson County voter turnout lower than expected for local elections

Iowa City City Candidate Megan Alter speaks with supporters during her watch party at the Mill on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Alter lost to Janice Weiner and Laura Bergus for two at-large City Council seats. Alter received 55% of the votes.

Alexandra Skores, News Editor

November 5, 2019

The Johnson County auditor said voter turnout was slightly lower than expected Tuesday for the first-ever combined Iowa City City Council and Iowa City Community School Board elections. According to the city/school election document on the Johnson County auditor website, 14.10 percent of the total...

Iowa judge upholds voter ID requirement, strikes down signature matching in the 2017 voter ID law

Secretary of State Paul Pate addresses members of the media at the Kim Reynolds watch party at the Hilton in Des Moines on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

October 1, 2019

An Iowa judge ruled a few parts of a 2017 voter ID law as unconstitutional, though upheld the state's requirement to show ID at the polls after the law was challenged by an Iowa State University student and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa. Fifth District Judge Joseph Seidlin ruled Mo...

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer will step down at the end of the year

The Capitol building in Des Moines is pictured on April 29, 2018.

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

September 30, 2019

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, announced on Monday that she will be stepping down from her leadership role at the end of the year and will not seek re-election in 2020.  “After thoughtful consideration, I have made the decision that it is time for me to step away from the Legisla...

Iowa legislators highlight voter ID laws at an Iowa City forum

Senator Zach Wahls answers questions during a Youth in Politics Forum at The Englert Theatre on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Rylee Wilson, News Reporter

September 26, 2019

State legislators, student leaders, and community members — both young and old — gathered to talk about issues facing young people in Iowa, with voter turnout and voter ID laws on the top of people’s minds.  Sens. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, and Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, took questions from the au...