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Iowa senators aim to address accessibility of menstrual products in state-run buildings with proposed bill

A feminine-hygiene products dispenser is seen in a bathroom in the Adler Journalism Building on Jan. 24, 2020.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

February 17, 2020

Facing a Friday funnel deadline to advance, one bill sitting in the Iowa Senate aims to mandate menstrual products to be available at no cost in all state buildings — including state institutions such as the University of Iowa. Senate File 2039 proposes that menstrual products are available at no cost in any building...

New Iowa Democratic Party chair has eyes set on November

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Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

February 17, 2020

Newly elected Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith said his top priority is electing Democrats up and down the ticket in November, assuming his role in a hotbed of controversy with a caucus process that is still under investigation. “Our goal is to defeat [Iowa’s Republican Sen.] Joni Ernst...

Sen. Chuck Grassley talks prescription drug prices in Coralville

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) speaks about lowering prescription drug prices during the Corridor Business Journal Health Care Summit at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Feb. 14.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 14, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley pushed his plan to lower prescription drug prices to health-care professionals in Coralville on Feb. 14, saying he expects the bipartisan bill to pass by May 20.  Speaking at the Corridor Business Journal Healthcare Summit, Grassley promoted his bipartisan bill, the Prescription Drug P...

By the numbers: The figures that defined the Iowa caucuses

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

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 12, 2020

Before absent results from the Iowa caucuses caught national attention, candidates traveled across the state, racked up hundreds of campaign stops, and shoveled millions of dollars into local advertising. The Daily Iowan looked back at the numbers that defined the race for candidates in the lead up...

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price resigns amid caucus controversy

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price discusses the Iowa caucuses in an interview for The Daily Iowan at Prairie Lights on Friday, May 5, 2019. (Jenna Galligan)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

February 12, 2020

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price resigned Wednesday after more than a week of criticism over delayed and inconsistent caucus results. The Democratic National Committee pushed Iowa to make the caucuses more accessible this year, which resulted in several rule changes to increase transparency with ...

Iowa Democratic Party receives request for recanvass of 143 precincts

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price discusses the Iowa caucuses in an interview for The Daily Iowan at Prairie Lights on Friday, May 5, 2019. (Jenna Galligan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics reporter

February 10, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party received requests for a recanvass from the campaigns of Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders in a combined 143 precincts, according to a Monday press release. The Buttigieg campaign requested a recanvass of 66 precincts and all in-state satellite locations. The Cedar Rapid...

Iowa Democrats extend recanvass deadline, allow reporting of inconsistencies

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price discusses the Iowa caucuses in an interview for The Daily Iowan at Prairie Lights on Friday, May 5, 2019. (Jenna Galligan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

February 7, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party announced Friday it would extend the deadline for candidates to call for a recanvass and allow campaigns to submit evidence of inconsistencies in caucus results reporting. The state party’s Delegate Selection Plan dictates that presidential candidates can submit a requ...

Accessibility issues persist in 2020 Iowa caucuses

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

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

February 4, 2020

At a shopping-mall caucus site in North Des Moines, many Iowans caucused for the first time at the satellite caucus location designed to be inclusive of caucusgoers with disabilities — but disability advocates say measures taken by the Iowa Democratic Party did not do enough to accommodate those...

Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders lead in partial Iowa caucus results

Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg speaks to an audience during a caucus watch party at the Bell Center in Des Moines on Monday, February 3, 2020. At the time of the watch party, no precincts had finalized results. Buttigieg gave a hopeful speech and claimed victory in Iowa.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

February 4, 2020

More than 24 hours after the Iowa caucuses, the Iowa Democratic Party released just under three-quarters of Iowa's precinct results in two waves on Tuesday. The early tallies show that former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leading his Democratic contenders with 26.8 percent of st...

Caucus rule change could leave uncommitted caucusgoers stuck in a viable group

Students and members of the community sign in to caucus for the Democrat Party in the Robert Lee Rec Center on February 1, 2016.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 26, 2020

The Democratic caucuses serve as a place for Iowans to have an open discussion with their neighbors and fellow Democrats to try and convince them to support a given candidate. This long-standing tradition could have an unexpected wrinkle this year, Democratic campaigners say, because of a rule chang...

Jonathan Van Ness brings star power to Iowa for Elizabeth Warren

Hairstylist and reality TV Star Jonathan Van Ness introduces Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Jan. 26. Van Ness endorsed Warren and spoke about her platform issues such as health care and discrimination.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

January 26, 2020

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness drew hundreds of people out while campaigning for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sunday afternoon — though many students said they are still not sure which candidate they are supporting a week before the caucus. Van Ness spoke to a student-heavy audience in Io...

Buttigieg, Loebsack rally for last-minute support in Cedar Rapids

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg hosts a town hall at Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building Armory on Jan 21. Buttigeg is a democratic hopeful for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 21, 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS — Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, joined former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to implore undecided caucusgoers for support in a late push just two weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Loebsack endorsed Buttigieg for the Democratic presidential-nomination on Jan. 12, and he has ...