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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand discusses Trump, Franken and a ‘moonshot moment’ at The Airliner

The side room at The Airliner was uncomfortably warm and well over capacity on Monday night, but no one in the crowd showed any interest in leaving, although some did grumble about the lack of seating. Everyone was there to see Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, one of the then-11 candidates for the Democratic […]

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‘Go big and be bold’: Potential presidential candidate Eric Swalwell discusses national issues at ICPL

It wasn’t officially a campaign event, and California Congressman Eric Swalwell hasn’t officially (or unofficially) declared he’s running for president, but the Monday afternoon town hall event in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library looked like a campaign event, and Swalwell sounded like a presidential candidate. The town hall was sponsored by […]

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Joni Ernst solicited donations off her support for an NRA bill less than 72 hours after Parkland anniversary, Aurora shooting

Three days after the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 and wounded 14, and two days after a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, that killed five and wounded five police officers, Sen. Joni Ernst launched a fundraising effort based on her support for a top NRA legislative priority. On […]

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‘Service above self’: Tulsi Gabbard hosts 2020 campaign event at Big Grove

The weather on Monday night highlighted the distance between Iowa City and Hawaii, but Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told the people gathered at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom she could feel “the warmth of the aloha spirit, alive and well in this room tonight.” Gabbard, who is in her fourth term representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks policy and ‘building a party of the people’ in Iowa City

“I’m here for exactly one reason,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said as she took the stage for her campaign rally at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday afternoon. “I’m tired of a government that works for a thin slice at the top, and not for anyone else. I’m here to make a change, I’m here to […]

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‘We need a moral and spiritual awakening in this country’: Marianne Williamson brings her 2020 presidential campaign to Prairie Lights

Marianne Williamson isn’t a traditional political candidate, but like a veteran politician, she began her campaign event at Prairie Lights Bookstore on Saturday with a joke. “I know there are about 1,736 people who’ll be running for the Democratic nomination, and I’m just honored to be one of them,” Williamson said. But then she added, […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: What will Cory Booker eat at the Iowa State Fair?

Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus is an occasional series observing some of the traditions, rituals and oddities of the Iowa presidential caucuses. Sen. Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy for president on Friday. The announcement, which he made on Twitter and in an email to supporters, probably only surprised people who thought the New Jersey […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst (or an Ernst staffer) tweets about Steve King and white supremacy (Updated)

On Saturday morning, Sen. Joni Ernst’s official Twitter account posted two tweets addressing the New York Times profile of fellow Iowa Republican Steve King published Jan. 10, which featured the congressman asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” I condemn Rep. Steve King’s comments on white supremacy; they […]

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Joni Ernst sends fundraising letter attacking Democrats for ‘dirty tricks’ against Brett Kavanaugh

In a year-end fundraiser letter for her reelection campaign, Sen. Joni Ernst warned Iowans that billionaires “from both coasts” are trying to undermine their “Heartland values,” and reminded potential contributors about her support for Brett Kavanaugh. “I sincerely respect that others hold different views,” the Iowa Republican, who frequently touts her commitment to bipartisanship, wrote, […]

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‘Bring it on’: Sen. Ernst announces she’s running for reelection and supporting Trump in 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst made it official on Friday, telling reporters she will run for reelection in 2020. “I am running again. So to anyone who would like to step up and enter into that race, I say: ‘Bring it on,’” Ernst said. The announcement was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Iowa […]

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Author Marianne Williamson announces potential presidential bid, immediately comes to Iowa

There are still 444 days until the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, but like Christmas decorations in stores in October, presidential hopefuls are already appearing in the state. Marianne Williamson announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday […]

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