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Reynolds restricts gatherings to immediate household members in northeast Iowa region

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 16, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced tighter restrictions on northeast Iowa during a press conference Thursday, which would limit gatherings to only household members. The measure affects residents in Iowa's 15-county RMCC region six, including Linn County, which has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in t...

Iowa had a strong job market and low unemployment before coronavirus

Iowa had a strong job market and low unemployment before coronavirus

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 15, 2020

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 Marissa Payne In case you missed it: Unemployment in Iowa has seen historical lows since 2017, and in February Iowa r...

Iowa director of human services says domestic violence reports are decreasing, but the violence is not

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

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 15, 2020

The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services said during Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Wednesday press conference that reports of domestic violence have dropped now that children and families are not interacting with mandatory reporters.  “We don’t believe the abuse has gone away, but the reports h...

County conventions move to absentee format

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave during the watch party for Former Vice President Joe Biden at the Olmstead Center at Drake University on Monday, February 3, 2020. Hundreds of people attended the event to hear Biden speak on the results of the caucus.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 14, 2020

As rules around social distancing make hosting crowded conventions impossible, Iowa’s Democrats are choosing who will represent the party at the Democratic National Convention through an absentee voting process. The Democratic County Conventions, originally scheduled for March 21, were first...

Iowa’s public universities’ future funding uncertain as coronavirus strains state economy

Iowa's public universities' future funding uncertain as coronavirus strains state economy

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2020

The funding outlook for Iowa’s public universities remains unclear as the novel coronavirus strains the U.S. economy and state officials face fiscal uncertainty. President Trump passed the $2.2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in March to provide emergency relie...

189 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Iowa, the most for a single day

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 14, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced 189 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number of cases in a single day since the first COVID-19 cases in the state were reported on March 8. 86 of the cases reported Tuesday are linked to an outbreak at a Tyson plant in Louisa ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to release internal COVID-19 models between the UI College of Public Health and the state “at some point”

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

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 13, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a Monday press conference that she plans to release internal, predictive COVID-19 models between the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health at some point, following an April 7 contract between the state and the UI that was made public by the Associate...

Iowa health officials issue PPE shortage order

The Iowa State Capitol building is seen in Des Moines on April 9, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 10, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health issued a personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage order on Friday amid a global shortage of medical supplies. IDPH Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter announced the order in a Friday press conference with Gov. Kim Reynolds.  The measure is designed to decrease the d...

Gov. Kim Reynolds touts Iowa’s unemployment benefits and ability to treat COVID-19 patients

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 9, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds touted the state’s ability to provide Iowans with unemployment benefits in a Thursday press conference and doubled down again on her decision to not issue a shelter-in-place order at this time. Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said there were more than 67,00...

Lawmakers plan for return to session amid budget uncertainties

House members applaud at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, January 13, 2020. The House convened and leaders in the Iowa House of Representatives gave opening remarks to preview their priorities for the 2020 session.

Julia Shanahan and Caleb McCullough

April 7, 2020

The top legislative priority when Iowa lawmakers reconvene in Des Moines will be to pass a budget for next year. The current fiscal year ends June 30, but emergency legislation passed in March extends this year’s budget through the end of August. Lawmakers have been working remotely for three wee...

Reynolds orders further closure of businesses

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 6, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the closure of more businesses and public gathering places in an acceleration of Iowa’s response to the coronavirus, including malls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, amusement parks, libraries, museums, zoos, skate parks, playgrounds, tobacco and vape stores, and ca...

FEMA to send Iowa over $44 million for reimbursement of COVID-19 response expenses

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

Josie Fischels, Arts & Culture Editor

April 4, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will send more than $44 million to Iowa in order to reimburse COVID-19 response costs, according to a press release. The release stated that the funds, obligated under the Presidential Major Disaster Declar...