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Rita Hart appeals to rural interests in Coralville

Rita Hart is seen speaking during her backyard tours on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 24, 2020

About 25 people bundled up and braved the cold in Coralville Saturday morning, gathering to hear Rita Hart talk about rural issues in southeast Iowa. Part of her “Backyard Talks” tour, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District spoke outside the home of Coralville May...

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 ...

Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Economic Development Authority launch program for Iowa residents experiencing financial loss

City of Iowa City Town Hall is seen on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

October 20, 2020

Iowa residents who are behind on their utility bills because of COVID-19 financial strain, can apply for a new state program to catch up. The Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority recently took part in launching the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program, aimed to help residents across the state who hav...

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...

Kamala Harris, Iowa Democrats emphasize importance of 2020 election during Liberty and Justice Celebration

Candidate for Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris (D) speaks during the 2020 IDP Liberty and Justice Celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Harris has served as a United States Senator for California since 2017. The live-streamed video was produced by the Iowa democratic party. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Brian Grace, News Reporter

October 18, 2020

U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Iowa Democrats running for office spoke on the importance of flipping state and federal seats in what some of them called the most important election of their lifetime during the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Liberty and Justice Celebration Sunda...

Candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District participate in final debate before Election Day


Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 15, 2020

The candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District engaged in a civil hour-long debate on Thursday night, with the most contention on the topic of health care, similar to past debates.  Because of the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week, the future of the Affordable Care Act...

A recap of Iowa’s first week of early voting

Johnson County holds drive-in voting at 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. Resident Susan Horan goes over the ballot on Tuesday, Oct.6, 2020.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 11, 2020

Johnson and other area counties are seeing an influx of early voting after the first voters of the 2020 election cast their ballots this week. In its first week of early voting, Johnson County averaged 700 in-person voters a day and counted over 14,000 ballots, including mail-in, said Johnson Count...

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...

Sheriff vies for longtime Republican House seat

Sheriff vies for longtime Republican House seat

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

October 6, 2020

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek’s bid to unseat four-term Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, is an uphill battle, in his own words, however the race is one of many that some Iowa Democrats hope will help them flip control of the statehouse in the 2020 elections. Republicans currently hold ...

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...

Early voting in Iowa begins Monday: here’s how you can vote

A pair of Johnson County citizens are seen anonymously voting in the The University of Iowa Visual Arts building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

October 4, 2020

Early voting begins Oct. 5 in Iowa, and the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing the boundaries of what a typical general election looks like. With Iowa’s spike in COVID-19 cases, Johnson County auditor Travis Weipert encourages voters to cast mail-in ballots if they can to limit the spread of the c...

Cómo Votar en Iowa

Students are seen voting at the Main Library on Nov. 6, 2018.

Cesar Perez, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

October 4, 2020

La pandemia de COVID-19 está cambiando las formas en como ciudadanos americanos están votando en las elecciones presidenciales del 2020. Con el aumento de casos en el estado de Iowa, el auditor del condado de Johnson, Travis Welpert, sugiere que votantes eligen votar por correo postal para limit...