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Iowans say Thursday’s presidential debate was more productive

The second 2020 Presidential Debate plays on the television in Gabe’s on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate is between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 22, 2020

Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered contrasting visions for America’s future Thursday night, in an exchange that was far more restrained than the pair’s first debate in September. With less than two weeks until Election Day, the presidential race in Iowa has tightened to a tossup. Biden holds a ...

Terry Branstad denies conflict of interest in Eric Branstad’s involvement in China

Ambassador Terry Branstand discusses the financial impact of COVID-19 on Iowa’s economy at The Palmer House Stable on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 20, 2020

Former Iowa Gov. and Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said his son, Eric Branstad, did not benefit from the elder Branstad’s post as ambassador, deflecting a recent report from The Intercept that Eric Branstad used his father’s influence to his personal benefit. “I want to make it cle...

Fact check: final U.S. Senate debate between Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield

Screenshot from the Des Moines Register’s live feed.

Caleb McCullough and Julia Shanahan

October 15, 2020

Iowa’s third and final U.S. Senate debate Thursday night was marred by technical difficulties for the first 20 minutes, as both Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield struggled to hear moderators and dealt with their microphones frequently cutting out. Once the p...

Iowa Senators accused Democrats of using scare tactics and distraction strategies throughout Supreme Court confirmation hearings

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks during Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. With less than a month until the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years. If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Patrick Semansky/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Lauren White and Brian Grace

October 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Senate Democrats employed scare tactics throughout the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, including the notion that Barrett would be a threat to American health-care coverage. Iowa’s U.S. Sens. Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Trump rallies thousands of voters in Des Moines less than three weeks from Election Day

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Several thousand people attended the rally to support the president in his reelection campaign for the upcoming election.

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

October 14, 2020

Less than three weeks out from Election Day and in the midst of a pandemic, President Trump implored Iowa voters to elect him to a second term, saying his term greatly benefited Iowa agriculture, creating a boom to the agriculture sector. Several thousand people gathered for the rally at the Des Moines Inter...

Iowa political leaders defend their party’s position as Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice in the Hart Senate Office Building on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. With less than a month until the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years. If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Shawn Thew/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 12, 2020

Monday marked the first day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee to fill former justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, and Iowa Republicans and Democrats are defending their party’s position during the contentious process. Democrats on the committee repeatedly brought up t...

Iowa, Drake law students oppose Ernst and Grassley’s decision on Supreme Court nomination

University of Iowa third year law student, Paul Esker poses for a portrait in front of the Boyd Law Building on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020. Esker, along with 176 other law students students and faculty across Iowa's college of law and Drake's law school sent letters to Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst in support of waiting to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice until after the fall Presidential election.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 8, 2020

Law students and faculty across the University of Iowa College of Law and Drake University Law School signed an open letter addressed to Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asking to hold the Supreme Court appointment until after the general election. The letter, signed by 176 students and f...

Familiar themes emerge in second District 2 debate

Democratic nominee Rita Hart (left) and Republican nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks (right) strive for Iowa’s Second Congressional District seat during their Oct. 8, debate. (Ayrton Breckenridge/The Daily Iowan)

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 8, 2020

Democrat Rita Hart and Republican state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks pointed fingers over health care and the coronavirus pandemic in a debate Thursday night. The candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other of not wanting to protect Iowans’ access to health care, with M...

Iowa election officials hopeful for quick results on election night

Voting took place from 7am to 9pm.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 6, 2020

While the U.S. braces for an unpredictable presidential election that may take days to call, Iowa leaders are taking steps to ensure the winner of Iowa’s six electoral votes is clear on Nov. 3. The question of whether a clear winner will emerge on election night hangs over the presidential campa...

Prominent Iowa Democrats hold online event a month before Election Day

Former secretary of state candidate Deidre Dejear speaks during a town hall for Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. at the Quad Cities Waterfront  Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa on  Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. Dejear was the chair of Harris' campaign in Iowa.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 4, 2020

At what would have traditionally been a barbecue, the Johnson County Democrats held a virtual event featuring prominent Iowa and national politicians where they encouraged viewers to vote and volunteer in their areas. Deidre DeJear, Iowa voting rights activist and 2018 candidate for Iowa secretary of...

Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield point fingers in second U.S. Senate debate

Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield point fingers in second U.S. Senate debate

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 3, 2020

Candidates for Iowa’s U.S. Senate participated in their second debate Saturday night, both accusing each other of dishonestly in their attacks on health care, social security, and racial justice.  Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield accused Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of wanting to defund a...

Iowa political leaders send well-wishes to President Trump after positive COVID-19 test, urge mask wearing and social distancing

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The appearance at the Summit comes as evangelical leaders this week criticized Trump's decision to stand down U.S. forces in northern Syria.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 2, 2020

President Trump announced early Friday morning that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19, hours after Vice President Mike Pence made a campaign stop in Des Moines. Iowa leaders say they are wishing the president a quick recovery and hope people continue to wear masks and ab...