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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...

COVID-19 not slowing giving to Iowa’s congressional races

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks about her personal struggles during the Iowa GOP Reception at Hughes Family Barn in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 21, 2020

While most of the nation’s focus is on the novel coronavirus pandemic, candidates for federal races in Iowa have seen an increase in campaign donations from January, but political scientists say there is potential for depressed donations in future months. Federal Election Commission filings showe...

Iowa’s members of Congress work from home amid pandemic

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, Assistant Politics Editor

April 19, 2020

Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation, like millions across the country, are having to adjust their work environment as social distancing requirements close many offices and drive most staff to work from home. Representatives and senators, most from their homes in Iowa, are holding virtu...

County conventions move to absentee format

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave during the watch party for Former Vice President Joe Biden at the Olmstead Center at Drake University on Monday, February 3, 2020. Hundreds of people attended the event to hear Biden speak on the results of the caucus.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 14, 2020

As rules around social distancing make hosting crowded conventions impossible, Iowa’s Democrats are choosing who will represent the party at the Democratic National Convention through an absentee voting process. The Democratic County Conventions, originally scheduled for March 21, were first...

Iowa City supporters hopeful for progressive movement after Bernie Sanders exits race

during the Iowa City Climate Rally at the Graduate hotel on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Sanders discussed his climate policies, the impact of climate change, the Green New Deal, and the dangers of climate inaction in the government.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 8, 2020

Iowa City supporters are reflecting on Bernie Sanders’ progressive presidential campaign after the Vermont senator exited the Democratic field on Wednesday. Sanders’ exit comes after a global pandemic forced him to forgo campaign rallies and after losing momentum in primaries since Super Tue...

College students fall into a gray area in the country’s largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history

College students fall into a gray area in the country’s largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 7, 2020

While 22-year-old Kaylie Wilson works full-time during the summer and part time during the school year to pay for rent, groceries, and other day-to-day expenses, she is not financially independent in the eyes of the government. President Trump signed the largest economic stimulus package in mo...

Coronavirus outbreak presents potential challenges to 2020 census count

Photo illustration by Jenna Galligan

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 29, 2020

Students leaving Iowa City and other college towns throughout the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak could leave the student population in the area undercounted for in the 2020 census, potentially changing representation in the Legislature. As students leave residence halls and apartment complexes across...

Trump approves major-disaster declaration for Iowa

President Trump pauses during a speech at the Iowa GOP’s America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on June 11, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 25, 2020

President Trump approved Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' request for a major disaster declaration for the state on Tuesday night, unlocking additional federal resources to help Iowa recover from COVID-19. The declaration opens up more federal funding for disaster relief to address the spread of COVID-1...

Trump beat Obama’s Iowa caucus turnout, but turnout record claim needs explaining

President Donald Trump pauses during a speech at the Iowa GOP’s America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on June 11, 2019.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 24, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne In case you missed it: Though Trump’s turnout numbers were higher than Obama’s, recording exact turnout for Iowa caucuses has been difficult.  Turnout for Jimmy Carter in 1980 was higher than Trump’s 32,389 in 2020, though Carter faced a serious...