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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

State representatives stand for a moment of silence for the school shooting that happened in Perry, Iowa, during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. The shooting took place on Jan. 4.

Politics Notebook | Iowa House lawmakers advance amended teacher pay proposal

Liam Halawith and Roxy Ekberg February 26, 2024

A bill to raise teacher starting pay advanced out of the Iowa House budget committee Wednesday with an amendment. House File 2611 would raise the minimum teacher starting salary to $47,500 in the first...

Iowa City community members hold a vigil for Nex Benedict on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Benedict, a 16-year-old nonbinary teen from Owasso, Oklahoma, died after an altercation with other students at school. The official cause of their death has not yet been determined.

Over 100 IC residents hold vigil for death of nonbinary teen Nex Benedict Friday night

Roxy Ekberg, Politics Reporter February 23, 2024

More than 100 Iowa City residents placed nonbinary flags, flowers, and lanterns on the steps of the Old Capitol at a Friday night vigil in remembrance of Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old nonbinary teenager...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Politics Notebook | Iowa House Republicans approved 3 percent increase in school funding

Liam Halawith and Roxy Ekberg February 22, 2024

Iowa House Republicans passed a bill Thursday to allow 3 percent of growth in supplemental state aid to public school districts, despite House Democrats urging that the increase is not enough. House...

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark celebrates a win during a women’s basketball game between No. 3 Iowa and Maryland at a sold-out Xfinity Center in College Park, Md., on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 93-85.

Iowa House names Feb. 22 ‘Caitlin Clark Day’

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 22, 2024

The Iowa House is feeling the Caitlin Clark fever.  On Thursday, the Iowa House unanimously voted to designate Feb. 22 as “Caitlin Clark Day” in honor of the West Des Moines player’s record-breaking...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Iowans speak on House Area Education Agency reform

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 21, 2024

Iowa lawmakers heard from dozens of Iowans on their proposal to overhaul Iowa’s Area Education Agencies on Wednesday. The bill, House File 2612, a diluted version of Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen in Des Moines on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

Senate lawmakers pass bill to ‘swiftly’ end ‘bad blood’ ticket hoarding

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 21, 2024

Iowa Senate Lawmakers vowed to make it a “cruel summer” for “bad blood” ticket hoarders after unanimously approving a bill Wednesday to penalize Iowa ticket buyers who hoard online tickets...

The inside of the gold dome is seen during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. The Republicans have 34 seats in the senate and the Democrats have 16 seats.

Politics Notebook | Iowa Senate lawmakers advance bill creating state legal vape registry

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 21, 2024

A bill to create a registry of all legal vape products in the state advanced out of a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on the bill Wednesday. The bill would create a registry of all vape...

Speaker of the House, Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, looks over documents during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. Grassley has been in the house since 2007.

Politics Notebook | Iowa Senate Republicans approve ‘religious freedom’ bill

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 20, 2024

After an hours-long, heated, debate Iowa Senate Republicans passed a bill, which supporters say would expand protections for religious freedom and those opposed say could lead to discrimination, on party...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen during the first day of the 90th Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Death penalty, library bill among bills nixed by funnel deadline

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 20, 2024

A bill to reinstate the death penalty for killing a peace officer and a bill to allow city councils to override public library boards were among over a dozen bills killed by legislative deadlines late...

Lawmakers sit in the house chamber during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Politics Notebook | Iowa Senate passes bill to expand postpartum medicaid services

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 19, 2024

Under a bill approved by the Iowa Senate Monday 1,700 mothers and babies would lose access to post-birth care. The bill expands the length of time that moms and babies that qualify can receive follow-up...

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during Reynolds’ annual Harvest Festival at the Elwell Family Food Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

Reynolds’ income tax cut advances in Senate

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 19, 2024

Iowa Senate lawmakers advanced Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to accelerate cuts to the state income tax on Monday. Senate Study Bill 3038 would accelerate the income tax cut signed into law in...

A person exits the State Law Library during the first day of the 2024 Iowa legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. The Republicans have 64 seats in the house and the Democrats have 36.

Governor’s legislative priorities dominate funnel week

Liam Halawith, Politics Editor February 18, 2024

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' legislative priorities all survived the first major legislative deadline in one form or another. The governor’s proposals on K-12 literacy education improvements, her plan...

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