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Sen. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, speaks on the chamber floor on Jan. 11, 2022.

Iowa Sen. Zach Wahls tests positive for COVID-19

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Editor January 16, 2022

Iowa Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Wahls said he began experiencing a dry throat on Friday afternoon, and took a rapid test that came back...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds waves to attendees and legislative members during the conclusion of the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During the State address, Reynolds spoke about childcare, Iowa teachers, material taught in schools, unemployment, tax cuts, and more. Reynolds closed her speech with a quote from “Field of Dreams.” “James Earl Jones’ character tells Ray Kinsella, in a baritone voice I can’t imitate: ‘People will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom.’”

Reynolds budget proposal falls short of regents’ appropriation request

Rylee Wilson, Managing Editor January 11, 2022

Iowa’s three public universities would receive a 2.5 percent increase in state money under Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' budget proposal, though the increase comes short of what the state Board of Regents...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivers the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During the State address, Reynolds spoke about childcare, Iowa teachers, material taught in schools, unemployment, tax cuts, and more. Reynolds announced she will be introducing a bill to reduce unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 16 weeks while making sure that those collecting unemployment can’t turn down suitable jobs.

Analyzing Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State Address

If your time is short: Gov. Kim Reynolds advocated for tax cuts, policies to shore up the state’s workforce and education transparency during her annual Condition of the State Address before...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds waves to attendees and legislative members during the conclusion of the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During the State address, Reynolds spoke about childcare, Iowa teachers, material taught in schools, unemployment, tax cuts, and more. Reynolds closed her speech with a quote from “Field of Dreams.” “James Earl Jones’ character tells Ray Kinsella, in a baritone voice I can’t imitate: ‘People will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom.’”

Photos: 2022 Condition of the State address

Grace Smith, Photo Editor January 11, 2022

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivered the 2022 Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol Tuesday night. House members, Senate members, administration officials, members of the Iowa Supreme...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivers the Condition of the State Address at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During the State Address, Reynolds spoke about childcare, Iowa teachers, material taught in schools, unemployment, tax cuts, and more.

Reynolds proposes 4 percent flat tax, workforce package in Condition of the State

Natalie Dunlap, Lauren White, and Rylee Wilson January 11, 2022

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed a flat income tax rate of 4 percent along with other tax reforms and workforce-based policies during her Condition of the State address on Tuesday. “My...

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley and Senate President Jake Chapman applaud Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds during the Condition of the State Address at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During the State Address, Reynolds spoke about childcare, Iowa teachers, material taught in schools, unemployment, tax cuts, and more.

Reynolds’ new school rules

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Editor January 11, 2022

Parents can expect to know more details about classroom material and library books if legislation proposed by Gov. Kim Reynolds becomes law.  In her Condition of the State address on Tuesday night,...

Attendee Jennifer Leonhard holds up a sign during a rally before the opening of the 2022 Legislative Session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Leonhard attended the rally to support the medical freedom and privacy bill.

Iowa House introduces bill to further evaluate presidential executive orders

Lauren White, Politics Reporter January 11, 2022

On the second day of the 2022 Iowa legislative session, a lawmaker introduced a bill that would put presidential executive orders under review in Iowa if those orders are suspected of restricting a...

Johnson County Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom addresses media access in the Senate Chamber during the second day of the 2022 Legislative Session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. During his speech, Bolkcom compared media access to coverage of a basketball game. “Can you imagine if Gary Dolphin had to call the Iowa mens basketball game from the popcorn stand at Carver-Hawkeye Arena?”

Johnson County senators blast Republican press policy

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Editor January 11, 2022

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, and Minority Leader Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, condemned Senate Republicans’ decision to bar press from the Senate Chamber in the 2022 legislative session. Speaking...

House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, applauds during the opening of the 2022 Legislative Session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. During Grassley’s opening speech, Grassley said he is looking forward to working with House Majority Leader Matt W. Windschitl. This will be their third session together and their 16th year in the legislature together.

Photos: 2022 Iowa Opening Legislative Session

Grace Smith, Photo Editor January 10, 2022

DES MOINES — The 2022 legislative session convened on Monday. Leadership from both the House and the Senate gave opening remarks regarding tax cuts, workforce conditions, and more. House Speaker Pat...

House speaker Pat Grassley speaks to start the opening of the 2022 Legislative Session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Grassley addressed unemployment in Iowa and what can be done to help fix this issue. “There wont be one single bill that solves this issue,” Grassley said. “It needs to be a holistic approach. We need to get creative and we need to work together along with the Governor as well as the Senate try to find solutions.”

Leaders call for tax cuts, workforce solutions, in opening of 2022 legislative session

Rylee Wilson, Managing Editor January 10, 2022

DES MOINES — Opening the 2022 legislative session, Republican leaders, who are the majority party in both chambers, said top priorities for the session include returning surplus tax funds and addressing...

Adam Zabner is seen with Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga. (Courtesy of Adam Zabner)

Adam Zabner announces campaign for Iowa House seat

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Editor January 5, 2022

Another young candidate has entered the race in Iowa House District 90.  Adam Zabner, a 22-year-old Democratic activist from Iowa City, announced his legislative campaign on Wednesday.  Andrew...

Three Iowa lawmakers hope to legalize recreational marijuana through constitutional amendment. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Iowa lawmakers release proposal to put marijuana legalization on the ballot

Caleb McCullough, Executive editor January 5, 2022

Three Iowa lawmakers hoping to change the state’s marijuana laws shared their proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in the state on Wednesday.  The amendment, announced...

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