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Joni Ernst praises trade agreements ahead of U.S. Senate vote on USMCA

U.S President Donald Trump speaks as Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa looks on during a meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House   in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 16, 2020

Moments before going to the senate floor to ratify a new North American trade deal, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said to reporters in a conference call that she was thrilled by recent developments in international trade among some of Iowa’s biggest trade partners.  In July of 2018, China imposed retaliatory tariffs...

College students in Iowa get a front-row seat to national politics

College students in Iowa get a front-row seat to national politics

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

January 15, 2020

DES MOINES — First-time voters and college students in Iowa have had some of the most access to the presidential candidates than any other student body in the country. Twenty days out from the Iowa caucuses, the sixth Democratic presidential debate took place in Des Moines at Drake University, ...

Fact checking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address

Gov. Kim Reynolds exits with her husband, First Gentleman, Kevin Reynolds, following the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Gov. Kim Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental health funding, and workforce training.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

January 15, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds laid out her priorities for the upcoming 2020 legislative session in her annual address to lawmakers in Des Moines on Tuesday.  She touted a strong budget and low unemployment rate, and called for steeper income tax-cuts, a 1-cent sales tax and funneling money into conservation pro...

Iowa regent universities would see $15 million general fund boost under governor’s budget proposal

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.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2020

DES MOINES — While the cash-strapped state Board of Regents universities tout their roles as economic engines for Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds has recommended the institutions receive a boost to their general funds of $15 million in fiscal 2021, according to her budget unveiled Tuesday — falling $3 mi...

Iowa governor proposes sales tax increase to fund key programs, tax cuts

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

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 14, 2020

DES MOINES —Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called for state lawmakers to add 1-cent to the state’s sales tax during her Condition of the State address Tuesday.   A part of a legislative proposal her office will introduce, called the Invest in Iowa Act, the proposed sales tax hike would add a cushi...

Gov. Kim Reynolds calls for amendment stating Iowa Constitution does not grant abortion rights

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental-health funding, and workforce training.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2020

DES MOINES — After GOP legislative efforts in recent years have aimed to restrict abortion access, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in her third Condition of the State address on Tuesday called for an amendment to the Iowa Constitution stating that the document does not protect the right to an abortion. “As we be...

Interest in increased vaping regulations unclear among Iowa lawmakers

The Iowa House convenes at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Leaders in the Iowa House of Representatives gave opening remarks to preview their priorities for the 2020 session.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 13, 2020

DES MOINES — As Iowa’s 2020 legislative session begins, Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, said he’s unsure if there’s an appetite among Iowa lawmakers to tighten regulations on nicotine vapor products, weeks after U.S. Congress raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products.  “I think...

New Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley opens 2020 legislative session, calling for lowered taxes and job creation

Newly elected Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, speaks to the media 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. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

January 13, 2020

DES MOINES — Marking the start of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, newly elected Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley said filling jobs and lowering taxes for working-class families and small businesses will be among his top priorities.   “This session, I want to show Iowans that we are not like our counte...

Bernie Sanders urges climate action in Iowa City after rising in the Iowa Poll

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Iowa City Climate Rally at The Graduate hotel on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

January 12, 2020

Accompanied by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said the U.S. has to act with a fierce sense of urgency to avoid climate disaster in his first visit to Iowa City since his rise to the top of the latest Iowa Poll. “We are actually, within our own lifetimes, with our own eyes, seeing the changes that are taking place,” Sanders said at a climate rally at the Graduate hotel on Sunday. The U.S. senator from Vermon...

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorses Pete Buttigieg three weeks before the Iowa caucuses

Rep. Dave Loebsack speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

January 12, 2020

Iowa's 2nd District Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Loebsack, a Democrat, has served seven terms in Congress and will retire at the end of this year. Loebsack said in a press release that Buttigieg is th...