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Farm income was up going into planting season, but not as high as president says

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.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

May 22, 2020

If your time is short: President Trump claimed at a Jan. 30 Iowa campaign rally that net farm income has increased 50 percent since he has taken office.  With multiple farm relief packages making their way through Congress, income is on the minds of farmers as they begin harvesting fields. While ...

Did Sen. Ernst flip her position on health care funding?

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.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne If your time is short:  Democrats and Republicans were at loggerheads in April over whether to sandwich more funding for hospitals and testing with dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program as money ran out for the federal small business loan progr...

Young people are less at risk of dying from COVID-19, but not immune

Young people are less at risk of dying from COVID-19, but not immune

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

May 12, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne If your time is short:  State Rep. Jeff Shipley wrote that young people have a higher risk of dying from the HPV vaccination than of COVID-19. No deaths have ever been linked to the HPV vaccine.  While young people are less at risk of dying of C...

Iowa had a strong job market and low unemployment before coronavirus

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, speaks during Gov. Reynolds first Condition of the State address in the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 15, 2020

Edited by Lyle Muller and Marissa Payne In case you missed it: Unemployment in Iowa has seen historical lows since 2017, and in February Iowa ranked 11th lowest unemployment in the U.S. Employers have been facing workforce scarcity issues, and wages have increased about 3 percent over the ...

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...

Did Ohio maintain state funding for OSU after a public/private partnership similar to UI’s?

Faculty Council members gather for a Faculty Council meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

February 27, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. The state Board of Regents approved a University of Iowa $1.1 billion public/private partnership to maintain and operate its utility system for power, he...

Polling high doesn’t mean clear White House path

Sen.Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks to an audience during a forum at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Brooklyn Draisey, Managing Editor

February 6, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan's Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. A few days before Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced the end of his White House bid, he encouraged Iowans with whom he was campaigning to disregard polling...

Yes, major green groups opposed new USMCA trade deal

Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, addresses the crowd at the Ped Mall on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Sanders spoke on issues such as the legalization of marijuana, climate change, immigration reform, and raising the minimum wage.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

January 22, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan's Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Speaker’s name: Bernie Sanders Statement: “The Machinists Union does not (support the USMCA trade deal). And every environmental organization in th...