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Joe Biden rallies Iowa Democrats 100 days out from general election

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa Democratic 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 26, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden was one of a few Democratic presidential hopefuls not to speak at last year’s packed Hall of Fame Celebration, which drew 19 of the party’s nearly two dozen candidates. This year, he headlined the event as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. The Iowa Democratic Party’s summer f...

Republican committee’s claim about the estate tax isn’t the whole story

Republican committee's claim about the estate tax isn't the whole story

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 23, 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 Rylee Wilson If your time is short: A new ad in Iowa claims the estate tax forces family farms and small businesses ...

Federal unemployment assistance will be reduced in phase four coronavirus relief bill, 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, Summer Editor

July 22, 2020

Federal unemployment assistance will likely continue in Congress’s phase four coronavirus relief package, but it will be reduced from the current mark of $600 a week, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.  Grassley held a press call with reporters Wednesday where he discussed the details of...

Ernst outlines goals for phase four coronavirus relief

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting in Sinclair Auditorium in Cedar Rapids on the Coe College campus on Friday, March 17, 2017.  Ernst is completing her 99 county tour and will speak again in Des Moines at 5 p.m. at Drake University.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 21, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she wants to focus on essential workers and agriculture in planning for an upcoming phase four coronavirus relief bill. Congressional leaders are in talks on the details of further federal assistance for people impacted by the pandemic, following the $2.2 trillion ...

Grassley says closing bars, mandating masks unnecessary in Iowa

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, Summer Editor

July 6, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he doesn’t think Gov. Kim Reynolds needs to close bars or mandate masks to limit coronavirus spread, though he praised the governors of other states taking similar measures. Grassley said that from what he’s seen, the coronavirus situation isn’t as bad in...

Despite the Supreme Court ruling on DACA, uncertainties for the program remain

Supporters hold signs at the Old Capitol Building on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The recent decision regarding DACA's rescission has been a highly controversial issue in national politics.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

June 24, 2020

On June 18, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration unlawfully attempted to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – though the ruling is only a temporary reprieve for DACA recipients in Iowa City. Jessica Malott, an immigrat...

Gov. Kim Renyolds requests federal assistance for Iowa’s egg farmers

Patrick the turkey looks over the chickens in Corbin Scholz's chicken coop.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 3, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other officials signed a letter Wednesday asking for egg producers to be included in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently revealed Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, highlighted large l...

Theresa Greenfield’s no-corporate-PAC pledge needs some explanation

Theresa Greenfield’s no-corporate-PAC pledge needs some explanation

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

May 28, 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: Theresa Greenfield says she has not taken money from corporate political action c...

From 2016 election to 2020 caucuses, political process inspires UI graduates

Contributed/Alex Byrnes

Caleb McCullough and Julia Shanahan

May 10, 2020

Graduating Hawkeyes have benefited from a front-row view of the nation’s presidential-nomination process, as many came onto campus months before the 2016 election and are leaving not long after the 2020 first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. University of Iowa senior Alex Byrnes served as Iowa...

Progressives in Iowa are disappointed by Biden’s nomination – but most still plan to vote for him

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with audience members following a campaign event in North Liberty on Saturday, February 1, 2020. With the Iowa Caucuses happening in two days, former Vice President Biden stopped to give a last minute pitch to Iowa voters. (Wyatt Dlouhy/The Daily Iowan)

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

May 5, 2020

Iowans who caucused in February for younger or more progressive candidates are grappling with the reality of Joe Biden’s status as the Democratic nominee, but a handful The Daily Iowan spoke with said they plan to vote for him. The DI spoke with voters and former caucusgoers from a variety of age r...

Iowa lobbying group pushes for coronavirus drug price controls

Graphic by Katina Zentz

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 29, 2020

Some advocates in Iowa for lowering pharmaceutical prices are worried that once drug companies enter the market, COVID-19 drugs and treatment will be largely unaffordable without intervention from Congress. Iowa Citizens Action Network, in conjunction with the national organization Lower Drug Pri...

Iowa officials call for immediate assistance for pork producers

A farm in Waukee is seen on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 27, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with other state officials, asked for immediate federal assistance for Iowa’s pork producers in a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Monday. The letter requests that the task force use all available authorities, incl...