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The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Iowa lawmakers move forward with caps for pain and suffering awards in liability lawsuits

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 7, 2023

An Iowa City jury awarded a local couple $98 million in damages last November because of negligence by a doctor at the OBGYN Associates of Iowa City after a physician hurt a newborn with improper...

Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her 2023 Condition of the State speech at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Jan. 10, 2023.

Reynolds signs 3 percent funding boost for public schools

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 7, 2023

Iowa school districts will receive a 3 percent funding boost, about $107 million, in state aid.   Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the increase into law Tuesday, which will total state funding to $3.9...

An Iowa City community member wears socks with pride colors on the swing installation on the pedestrian mall in Iowa City during the Pride Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Iowa’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills spark controversy

Lauren White, Politics Reporter February 5, 2023

Iowa House Republicans introduced multiple bills targeting LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools across the state. These bills would restrict gender and sexuality instruction and out students to their parents. House...

Members of the audience cheer as Pete Buttigeig takes the stage at the Bell Center following the closing of the polls on Monday, February 3, 2020. The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel voted to strip Iowa of its first-in-the-nation status on Friday.

South Carolina officially replaces Iowa, ending first-in-the-nation status

Emily Delgado, Politics Reporter February 5, 2023

The Democratic National Committee announced Saturday that the newly approved primary calendar removes Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status. The presidential nomination process will now start in South...

The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The house swore in Pat Grassley as speaker of the house.

This week in Iowa politics | Senate passes 3 percent increase in state funding for schools, house expected to vote next week

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 2, 2023

The Iowa Senate passed a bill to increase the state’s allowable budget growth for school funding to 3 percent, half-a-percent more than Gov. Kim Reynolds budget recommendation. Iowa Senate Democrats...

Gov. Kim Reynolds high fives House Speaker Pro Tempore John H. Wills, R-District 10 before she signs the House File 68 in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

School choice becomes nationwide conservative priority

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 31, 2023

Iowa is one of the first GOP-led states in the U.S. to expand access to private K-12 education with state taxpayer funds after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law “school choice” legislation on Jan....

Canned goods are seen on the shelves at the Food Pantry in the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (Cody Blissett/The Daily Iowan)

Bill to change SNAP benefits moves to committee vote

Emily Delgado, Politics Reporter January 29, 2023

Iowans could see fewer food options eligible for food stamp benefits if a bill proposed by Iowa House Republicans is enacted into law. An Iowa House committee is discussing legislation that...

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, speaks to supporters during a watch party for the 2022 Iowa midterm elections at Spare Time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Hinson is up for reelection for her seat in the house against state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha. Because of redistricting, Hinson is now battling for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, previously she held the seat for the 1st Congressional District. Hinson announced her victory after Mathis conceded.

This week in Iowa politics | Hinson appointed bipartisan committee investigating China’s influence in the U.S.

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 26, 2023

Rep. Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, was appointed to the Bipartisan Select Committee investigating competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party. Hinson...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 2023 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Iowa lawmakers consider regents funding increase in budget debate this week

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 24, 2023

Iowa House and Senate lawmakers started state budget negotiations for the state’s next budget this week — including a 2.5 percent increase for Iowa’s public universities. Gov. Kim Reynolds...

Gov. Kim Reynolds walks into the Iowa State Capitol rotunda to sign the House File 68 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

Reynolds signed her $345 million school choice bill into law Tuesday morning

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 24, 2023

Students in Iowa attending private schools will now receive $7,600 in state tax dollars after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the Students First Act, her largest legislative priority, Tuesday. The state-funded...

Rep. Elinor Levin, D-Iowa City, watches other representatives pick seats during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Rep. Adam Zabner, D-90, will also serve his first term in the house.

New faces representing Johnson County in Iowa statehouse

Lauren White, Politics Reporter January 22, 2023

Following the 2022 election, five new delegates represent Johnson County in the Iowa Legislature. While most are in the minority party, they jumped right into focusing on education, fentanyl precautions,...

The Iowa House convenes during the first day of the 90th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

The Cloakroom | ‘Students First Act’ blazes through Senate Appropriations Committee

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor January 19, 2023

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ school choice program known as the ‘Students First Act’ passed a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday morning, only one day after it was referred to the committee. The...

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