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Iowa political leaders question the productivity of the first presidential debate

New York resident Callum Melrose watches the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29 at The Airliner in Iowa City. Melrose stopped in Iowa City on his way to Oregon, where he will work for Habitat for Humanity, and went to The Airliner for the debate on a recommendation from a friend who graduated from the University of Iowa.  (Jake Maish/The Daily Iown)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 30, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participated in the first presidential debate Tuesday night, and some Iowa political leaders say the fiery exchange was unproductive and likely won’t change the minds of many voters. The debate, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wal...

Iowa’s U.S. Senate candidates tackle health care, Supreme Court in first debate

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa debates  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield on PBS Iowa on Monday, September 28th, 2020. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 28, 2020

Iowa’s U.S. Senate candidates faced off Monday over health care, the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, and COVID-19 relief in the first televised debate between the two candidates with a little over a month until the 2020 election.  Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger T...

Sen. Chuck Grassley on U.S. Supreme Court vacancy: ‘You’re put into this position by people beyond my control’

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters during a press conference at Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 23, 2020

In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Democrats in Congress have reversed their 2016 position on confirming a U.S. Supreme Court nominee during an election year, after Democrats pushed for Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016 and are now opposing a potential nominee from Presid...

Women of the UI law school mourn RBG, reflect on gender identity

A memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen outside the University of Iowa's College of Law building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Ginsburg passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 22, 2020

University of Iowa law student Kayla Boyd said the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg means the passing of a strong, powerful female attorney and judge, and one of the few women icons that exist in the legal world. “Everybody wants to have a role model to look up to th...

UI professors teach on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy and future of the Supreme Court

A memorial sits outside of the Johnson County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. The memorial, likely for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last night.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 22, 2020

University of Iowa political science and law professors are reflecting on the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the battle over her nomination in their classes and in public forums, balancing what is an emotional and political conversation and trying to put it in a his...

Chances for another round of stimulus checks “practically nil,” Grassley says

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 16, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Congress is unlikely to come to an agreement on another coronavirus stimulus bill before they adjourn in October as negotiations have again hit an impasse over the price tag of the legislation. “As of now, as I see it, two weeks before adjournment, it’s practi...

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...

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to resign as U.S. ambassador to China next month

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file-pool photo, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raise their glasses at the beginning of a formal dinner in the rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Branstad, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. ambassador to China, can boast a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the U.S.’s largest trading partner?  (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Andrea Melendez, Pool, File)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 14, 2020

U.S. Ambassador to China and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will step down and depart Beijing early next month and return to Iowa, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  Branstad, a Republican, confirmed his decision to end his three-year ambassadorship in a phone call with Preside...

Thousands of ballot request forms on the line in Johnson County District Court hearing Wednesday

Thousands of ballot request forms on the line in Johnson County District Court hearing Wednesday

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 8, 2020

Today the Johnson County District Court will hear a case regarding the county auditor’s decision to send out ballot-request forms with pre-filled information — the last of the three Iowa counties the Trump campaign has sued. District Court judges in Linn and Woodbury Counties ruled in favor...

Democrats warn of voter suppression at virtual Progress Iowa Corn Feed

Former U.S. Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks in a pre-recorded message during Progress Iowa's Cornfeed event on Tuesday, September 2, 2020. This is the sixth annual cornfeed event for Progress Iowa. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 2, 2020

Iowa Democratic elected officials and national figures implored Iowans to vote in the general election and warned of voter suppression in the state and nationally during the sixth annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed.  The event, held virtually over Facebook Live with around 2,000 viewers at its pe...

Joni Ernst praises Trump as an advocate for Iowa farmers in RNC speech

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Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

August 26, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, made a case for President Trump at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night for being an advocate to Iowa farmers, and painted a bleak picture of what the agricultural industry could look like under a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration. Ernst, who is in...

Iowa delegates see out presidential nominating process at national party conventions

Iowa delegates see out presidential nominating process at national party conventions

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

August 25, 2020

Iowa delegates saw out the presidential nominating process at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions after a tumultuous Iowa caucus season, trying to energize their respective parties through computer screens across the country in lieu of a physical convention. The ongoing coron...