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Bill to freeze funding for regents universities passed through state House Appropriations Committee

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter April 12, 2021

A bill that proposes zero increased funding and a tuition freeze for Iowa’s three regents universities was approved by the state House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote on Monday.  House...

President Donald Trump dances during a “Make America Great Again” rally held at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Sunday, November 1, 2020. With two days before Election Day, this is President Trump’s second stop to Iowa in the past few weeks.

Too soon to tell if Iowa will remain a purple state, politicos say, despite ruby red 2020 election results

Lauren White, Politics Reporter April 6, 2021

In the 2020 election, amid a global pandemic, former President Donald Trump won Iowa, Sen. Joni Ernst won reelection, two districts flipped from blue to red, and Republicans gained seats in the Legislature....

Democratic candidate for Congress Rita Hart arriving at Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan’s house for her backyard campaign tour in Iowa City on September 26, 2020. (Daniel McGregor-Huyer/The Daily Iowan)

Democrat Rita Hart ends contest for IA-02 seat

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 31, 2021

After four months of legal challenges against the Iowa 2nd Congressional District election results, Democrat Rita Hart has brought her contest to an end.  Hart released a statement Wednesday afternoon...

Gov. Kim Reynolds listens during a conference at the GuideLink Center in Iowa City on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The new crisis center is a collaborative project between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and community partners, and focuses on providing mental health and substance use care. It will have a soft opening on Monday.

Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses racial disparities in health care, announces targeted outreach group

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 24, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a collaboration between Iowa organizations to create a health care focused outreach group for minorities in the state. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Reynolds said, there...

Janelle Lutgen poses for a portrait at Jimi B’s Bar and Grill in Bernard on March 14, 2021. Lutgen’s son Jesse died after financial struggle forced him to ration insulin. Now Lutgen works to provide free insulin to all.

Insulin prices remain high through the pandemic, Iowa lawmakers push for reform

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor March 23, 2021

Janelle Lutgen placed a miniature glass vial on the counter at Jimi B’s Bar and Grill, which was filled with gold glitter and a slip of paper with the name “Jesse” written on it. Lutgen’s son...

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Kim Reynolds expects all Iowans to be eligible for vaccines by April 5

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 17, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that all Iowans will be eligible for a vaccine by April 5 based on how many vaccine doses are allocated to the state. Allocations will begin to rise during the week of March...

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the State of the State address in the house chamber of the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Des Moines. Gov. Reynolds highlighted in the address expansion of broadband internet, a push for in-person learning, and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill prohibiting ‘divisive concepts’ in DEI training passes Iowa House along party lines

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 16, 2021

Lawmakers in the Iowa House passed two bills related to education and free speech on Tuesday, including one that will prohibit “divisive concepts” from diversity, equity and inclusion training...

Tenure protects academic freedom, but faculty aren’t guaranteed a job

Tenure protects academic freedom, but faculty aren’t guaranteed a job

Sarah Watson, Executive Editor March 14, 2021

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Lyle Muller and Julia Shanahan  If your...

Yes, majority of Iowans and Americans support background checks

Yes, majority of Iowans and Americans support background checks

Mary Hartel, News Reporter March 12, 2021

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Lyle Muller and Sarah Watson If your...

Iowa Sen. Joe Bolkcom poses for a portrait inside the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Des Moines. Bolkcom represents the 43rd district in Johnson county.

Bill could reduce penalties for first-time marijuana offenders in Iowa

Marco Oceguera, News Reporter March 11, 2021

A bill in the Iowa Senate that would loosen Iowa’s marijuana penalties has bipartisan support from lawmakers. SF 533 would lower the legal penalty for first time offenders possessing less than...

A crowd of protesters followed by a group of supporting vehicles travels west on Burlington Street towards downtown Iowa City during a march to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality on Saturday, June 13.

Bill increasing penalties for protesters passes Iowa Senate on party lines

Natalie Dunlap, Politics reporter March 10, 2021

On Wednesday the Iowa Senate passed a bill that creates harsher penalties for protesters in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests that happened this summer.  SF 534, which was passed 31-17 by...

Gov. Kim Reynolds listens during a conference at the GuideLink Center in Iowa City on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The new crisis center is a collaborative project between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and community partners, and focuses on providing mental health and substance use care. It will have a soft opening on Monday.

Gov. Reynolds creates task force focussed on expanding childcare availability

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 10, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the creation of the Governor’s Childcare Task Force— an executive order to improve access to high quality childcare in Iowa.  Iowa has already seen a childcare shortage...

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