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Governor Reynolds announces state-based support for local businesses

The Airliner is seen closed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The spread of coronavirus in Johnson county has been named a public health emergency. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan.)

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

March 23, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in a press conference Monday afternoon new state-based support for local businesses impacted by COVID-19 closures.  This plan would provide grants and delay tax deadlines for small businesses throughout Iowa. “Iowa small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities...

Governor closes salons, spas, tattoo shops, and more to combat COVID-19

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental health funding, and workforce training.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 22, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Sunday she would be closing all salons, barber shops, spas, massage therapists, tattoo shops, and swimming pools.  The announcement came in a press conference Sunday afternoon, where Reynolds said she had signed an emergency proclamation to minimize the...

Iowa agency seeing ‘staggering’ number of unemployment claims as COVID-19 prevention shuts down businesses

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

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 20, 2020

As restaurants and bars across the state have closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, Iowa Workforce Development is being inundated with unemployment claims, the agency’s executive director Beth Townsend said in a press conference with Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday. “It’s pretty staggering to see the numbe...

Reynolds not considering shelter-in-place order for Iowans

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental health funding, and workforce training.

Rylee Wilson & Caleb McCullough

March 19, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she was not considering putting in place a shelter-in-place order at a press conference on Thursday.  Reynolds said the order, which has been put in place in several counties and cities in northern California, was not being considered in Iowa, and she encouraged Iowan...

Joni Ernst says Congress is focused on providing quick relief to families amid COVID-19 pandemic

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) discusses her accomplishments as senator during the Iowa GOP Reception at Hughes Family Barn in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Facilitated by RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ernst discussed their hardships and highlights throughout their political roles and personal lives.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 18, 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told reporters in a Wednesday conference call that as Congress votes today on the second phase of their economic stimulus plan, giving relief to small businesses amid the pandemic remains a top priority looking forward to phase three. Ernst said today's bill, which expected...

Reynolds signs bill granting her increased spending power, emergency provisions to combat COVID-19

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

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 17, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill Tuesday that gives her expanded powers over state spending, along with a range of other provisions to address the growing COVID-19 crisis. “Every Iowan has a role to play in limiting and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These measures will fund core servi...

Iowa governor declares public-health disaster emergency amid COVID-19 spread, closing bars and restaurants

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

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter

March 17, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called for the closure of bars, fitness centers, theaters, casinos, locations of mass gatherings, and senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, effective noon Tuesday.  The measures are part of a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, she declared Tuesday in r...

Iowa governor recommends schools close for four weeks based on evidence of COVID-19 community spread

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

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday recommended the state's schools close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as evidence of community spread of the virus grows within the state. Reynolds announced the first case of community spread on Saturday, and said there are now 22 positive cases in ...

Iowa Legislature will pause for at least a month after community spread of the coronavirus confirmed in Iowa

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

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 15, 2020

The Iowa Legislature will shutter for at least 30 days, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and state health officials confirmed Saturday a case of community spread of the coronavirus in Iowa. Community spread is when the source of an infection can't be determined. "The...

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

March 13, 2020

In a press conference Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed another individual tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 17. The person was tested in Nebraska, but is a resident of Harrison County in Iowa, Reynolds said. She added that all 22 tests...

Iowa Democrats to postpone county conventions

University of Iowa students form lines during the caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 13, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party is postponing the Democratic County Conventions, scheduled for March 21, over concerns about spreading the novel coronavirus at large public gatherings. The county conventions are the next step in the presidential nominating process following the precinct caucuses held o...

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorses Joe Biden, joining Iowa’s two other Democratic members of Congress

Congressman Dave Loebsack (Iowa-2) speaks during the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Bondurant Iowa on Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018. The event featured a variety of local and national democratic politicians who spoke on how Democrats can work together leading up to the midterm elections.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 12, 2020

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, joining the other two Democratic members of Iowa's congressional delegation. Iowa Congresswomen Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer both endorsed Biden in January. Loebsack said in a press release that President...