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Reynolds not considering shelter-in-place order for Iowans

Reynolds not considering shelter-in-place order for Iowans

Rylee Wilson & Caleb McCullough

March 19, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she was not considering putting in place a shelter-in-place order at a press conference on Thursday.  Reynolds said the order, which has been put in place in several counties and cities in northern California, was not being considered in Iowa, and she encouraged Iowan...

Tulsi Gabbard exits presidential race, endorses Joe Biden

Tulsi Gabbard exits presidential race, endorses Joe Biden

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 19, 2020

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, exited the presidential race on Thursday, announcing an endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden in a video on Twitter. In the video, Gabbard addressed the coronavirus crisis that has upended life across the globe, saying she wanted to protect Americans' health...

Joni Ernst says Congress is focused on providing quick relief to families amid COVID-19 pandemic

Joni Ernst says Congress is focused on providing quick relief to families amid COVID-19 pandemic

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 18, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told reporters in a Wednesday conference call that as Congress votes today on the second phase of their economic stimulus plan, giving relief to small businesses amid the pandemic remains a top priority looking forward to phase three. Ernst said today's bill, which expected...

Reynolds signs bill granting her increased spending power, emergency provisions to combat COVID-19

Reynolds signs bill granting her increased spending power, emergency provisions to combat COVID-19

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 17, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill Tuesday that gives her expanded powers over state spending, along with a range of other provisions to address the growing COVID-19 crisis. “Every Iowan has a role to play in limiting and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These measures will fund core servi...

Iowa governor declares public-health disaster emergency amid COVID-19 spread, closing bars and restaurants

Iowa governor declares public-health disaster emergency amid COVID-19 spread, closing bars and restaurants

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter

March 17, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called for the closure of bars, fitness centers, theaters, casinos, locations of mass gatherings, and senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, effective noon Tuesday.  The measures are part of a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, she declared Tuesday in r...

Iowa governor recommends schools close for four weeks based on evidence of COVID-19 community spread

Iowa governor recommends schools close for four weeks based on evidence of COVID-19 community spread

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday recommended the state's schools close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as evidence of community spread of the virus grows within the state. Reynolds announced the first case of community spread on Saturday, and said there are now 22 positive cases in ...

Iowa Legislature will pause for at least a month after community spread of the coronavirus confirmed in Iowa

Iowa Legislature will pause for at least a month after community spread of the coronavirus confirmed in Iowa

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 15, 2020

The Iowa Legislature will shutter for at least 30 days, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and state health officials confirmed Saturday a case of community spread of the coronavirus in Iowa. Community spread is when the source of an infection can't be determined. "The...

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

March 13, 2020

In a press conference Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed another individual tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 17. The person was tested in Nebraska, but is a resident of Harrison County in Iowa, Reynolds said. She added that all 22 tests...

Iowa Democrats to postpone county conventions

Iowa Democrats to postpone county conventions

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 13, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party is postponing the Democratic County Conventions, scheduled for March 21, over concerns about spreading the novel coronavirus at large public gatherings. The county conventions are the next step in the presidential nominating process following the precinct caucuses held o...

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorses Joe Biden, joining Iowa’s two other Democratic members of Congress

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorses Joe Biden, joining Iowa’s two other Democratic members of Congress

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 12, 2020

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, joining the other two Democratic members of Iowa's congressional delegation. Iowa Congresswomen Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer both endorsed Biden in January. Loebsack said in a press release that President...

President Trump calls for 30-day travel ban, economic relief

President Trump calls for 30-day travel ban, economic relief

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

March 11, 2020

In a rare address from the Oval Office Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump announced a 30-day suspension on foreign visitors from most European countries to the United States in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. President Trump’s approximately 10-minute address said the travel suspension...

The Cloakroom: The Future of Medical Marijuana in Iowa

The Cloakroom: The Future of Medical Marijuana in Iowa

Jake Nemmers, Audio Producer

March 11, 2020

In this week's episode of The Cloakroom, Daily Iowan assistant politics editor Caleb McCullough sits down to talk about the medical marijuana program in Iowa. Caleb's article this week, titled Patients face roadblocks in medical marijuana program, highlights the ups and downs of patients trying to ge...