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Elijah Helton


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Twitter: @theelijahhelton

Elijah Helton is the Senior Columnist at The Daily Iowan, primarily covering environmental and equality issues. He also serves on the DI Editorial Board, as the print edition's Senior Designer, and as half of the copy editing team.

Previously for the DI, they wrote "20 Out of 20," a two-year commentary series on the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. They are a senior at the UI, majoring in journalism and political science.

Elijah Helton, Senior Columnist

Nov 03, 2020
Opinion | America is not a democracy (and that’s bad) (Story)
Aug 25, 2020
Opinion | The aftermath of derecho shows holes in media landscape (Story)
Jun 13, 2020
Opinion | Antiracism requires antifascist action from our leaders and our people (Story)
Mar 29, 2020
Opinion: David Bowie, Eugene Debs, and the view of the virus from Henry County (Story/Media)
Mar 05, 2020
Opinion: The revolution didn’t need the War on Warren (Story)
Mar 03, 2020
They are safer and more efficient (Story)
Mar 02, 2020
Opinion: Buttigieg campaign missed opportunity to galvanize young voters (Story)
Feb 27, 2020
Opinion: LGBTQ deadlock in Des Moines endangers vulnerable young Iowans (Story)
Feb 24, 2020
Opinion: Democrats must unite behind Sanders if they want power back (Story)
Feb 20, 2020
Opinion: The GOP’s climate strategy lacks an answer for fossil fuels (Story)
Feb 17, 2020
Opinion: BP doesn’t deserve to be trusted on climate marketing (Story)
Feb 09, 2020
Opinion: #MayorCheat didn’t happen, but our democracy is still broken (Story)
Feb 05, 2020
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: The cauc-tastrophe shows why Iowa doesn’t deserve to be first (Story)
Feb 04, 2020
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Biden falls flat in Iowa caucuses while the left soars (Story)
Jan 23, 2020
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Where the Iowa caucuses stand 10 days out (Story)
Jan 22, 2020
Opinion: 3 reasons why Iowa City should improve its public transportation (Story)
Jan 20, 2020
Opinion: The New York Times presidential endorsement entrenches both-sides-ism (Story)
Nov 21, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Presidential candidates as Thanksgiving dishes (Story)
Nov 14, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Deval Patrick probably doesn’t have much to add to 2020 Democratic primary (Story)
Nov 11, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Michael Bloomberg thinks he’s the right billionaire for president (Story)
Nov 07, 2019
Opinion: Environmental policy is moving backward (Story)
Oct 17, 2019
Opinion: Who to blame for the lack of climate-change discussion at Democratic debates (Story)
Oct 04, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Checking up on Bernie Sanders (Story)
Oct 03, 2019
In Their Own Words: What do you think about vegetarianism? (Story)
Sep 26, 2019
In Their Own Words: Should the Cy-Hawk game continue? (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Where the Democratic primary stands on impeachment (Story)
Sep 22, 2019
Opinion: Climate action is up to all of us (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Opinion: Environmental politics shouldn’t be destructive (Story)
Sep 16, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Andrew Yang needs to be more than a meme to win (Story)
Sep 13, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Winners and losers of the third Democratic debate (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
Opinion: To fight climate change, federal efforts are needed (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Those who didn’t make the Democratic debate should drop out (Story)
Sep 02, 2019
Opinion: Guns are America’s dumbest problem (Story)
Aug 29, 2019
Opinion: 20 Out of 20: Which Republicans are challenging Trump and why? (Story)
Aug 28, 2019
Not all pizza needs ranch (Story)
Aug 26, 2019
Opinion: Democrats need a new champion on climate action (Story)
Aug 01, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Who hit the spot for the second helping of debates? (Story)
Jul 25, 2019
Positivity profiteering can be problematic (Story)
Jul 22, 2019
Helton: Expanded hate-crime ordinance is the future we need (Story)
Jul 16, 2019
Area 51 energy can be brought to real movements, too (Story)
Jul 16, 2019
Helton: America’s lawns aren’t worth their watery price tag (Story)
Jul 14, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Tom Steyer’s campaign has the money but lacks clear path to presidency (Story)
Jul 08, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Swalwell is out — what about the other stragglers? (Story)
Jul 03, 2019
Helton: Pride is over, but gay rights aren’t (Story)
Jun 30, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Winners and losers of the first Democratic debates (Story)
Jun 19, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: What’s the path forward for Julián Castro? (Story)
Jun 11, 2019
Helton: Pride still matters (Story)
May 08, 2019
16-year-olds deserve a voice (Story)
May 07, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Ryan and Swalwell and Moulton, oh my (Story)
May 05, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Tulsi Gabbard isn’t making waves yet, but can she make a splash in Iowa? (Story)
Apr 29, 2019
Students need a plan like Warren’s for the future (Story)
Apr 28, 2019
Helton: What white students should know about faculty of color (Story)
Apr 25, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Is Iowa and the country sidin’ with Biden? (Story)
Apr 22, 2019
Helton: Why the Senate should be abolished (Story)
Apr 14, 2019
Helton: Trump attacks Iowa with his lies about renewable energy (Story)
Apr 09, 2019
AP style changes, even if we don’t like it, and that’s OK (Story)
Mar 26, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Is Beto O’Rourke really the next Kennedy? (Story)
Mar 25, 2019
Column: Everyone needs to believe Robert Mueller (Story)
Mar 24, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Pete Buttigieg, the newest Democratic rockstar, is blazing his own path to the White House (Story)
Mar 14, 2019
Pennies are practically useless (Story)
Mar 10, 2019
Helton: 20 out of 20: Jay Inslee’s focus on climate is a breath of fresh air in hazy Democratic primary (Story)
Feb 28, 2019
It’s too late for a moderate approach to climate change (Story)
Feb 25, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Amy Klobuchar centers on the moderate approach (Story)
Feb 19, 2019
Helton: Armbands and outrage: Tinker v. Des Moines, 50 years later (Story)
Feb 11, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: What an independent run from a coffee billionaire means for the 2020 election (Story)
Feb 06, 2019
Helton: The Environmental Protection Agency no longer protects the environment (Story)
Jan 31, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Checking the stocks of Democratic candidates (Story)
Jan 28, 2019
AOC doesn’t need your social media advice (Story)
Jan 22, 2019
Helton: Is bipartisanship really on the table for the Iowa General Assembly? (Story)
Jan 13, 2019
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Iowa is getting crowded fast. Can Kamala Harris stand out? (Story)
Dec 09, 2018
Helton: Fighting climate change isn’t just for tree huggers anymore (Story)
Nov 28, 2018
20 Out of 20: Baldwin brings relief from incivility (Story)
Nov 25, 2018
Helton: Two big problems in election night coverage and how to fix them (Story)
Nov 13, 2018
Helton: Does civility in politics even matter anymore? (Story)
Oct 21, 2018
Helton: Sustainability needs to be more affordable and accessible (Story)
Oct 14, 2018
Helton: 20 Out of 20: Will Cory Booker’s better angels fly him to the White House? (Story)
Oct 03, 2018
Helton: You know rape survivors (Story)
Sep 26, 2018
Helton: Tax-free tampons — it’s the least we should do (Story)
Sep 18, 2018
Helton: Climate change will create an enormous refugee crisis (Story)
Sep 06, 2018
Helton: Crazy Rich Asians, fondue, and the future of diverse media (Story)
Aug 28, 2018
Helton: The new EPA plan could devastate Iowa, but not without a fight (Story)
Aug 21, 2018
Helton: 3 reasons the Supreme Court needs term limits (Story)
Jul 31, 2018
Helton: EPA needs a plan that withstands inconsistent politics (Story)
Jul 26, 2018
Helton: 20 Out of 20: We need to talk about Russian election meddling (Story)
Jul 18, 2018
Helton: The #straws debate spells disaster for the environment (Story)
Apr 30, 2018
Helton: 20 Out Of 20: Nikki Haley could be the first female president (Story)
Apr 23, 2018
Helton: Voter disenfranchisement should be abolished in Iowa (Story)
Apr 15, 2018
Helton: If we’re going to war in Syria, we should accept refugees from Syria (Story)
Feb 12, 2018
Helton: 20 Out Of 20: Who on earth is John Delaney? (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Helton: 20 out of 20: Elizabeth Warren, champion of Women’s Marchers? (Story)
Jan 17, 2018
Helton: Democrats face two options: big swing or big tent (Story)
Dec 15, 2017
Helton: Conservatives should hate the electoral college (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
Helton: 20 Out Of 20: Bernie Sanders’ potential comeback (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
Helton: Fighting sexual violence should be everyone’s fight (Story)
Nov 10, 2017
Helton: Gunshots ring out, GOP is silent (Story)
Nov 07, 2017
Helton: What comes next when the house of cards folds? (Story)