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After a bit of shopping, Beto O’Rourke discussed his ‘white privilege,’ Senate run, DACA and more in CR

Beto O’Rourke didn’t look like a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president on Friday night, when he was standing in Eduskate Board Shop talking to owner Nate Sherwood. He looked a customer. The two were happily discussing the classic skateboards Sherwood has on display in his NewBo shop, and looking over the planks […]

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Andrew Yang discusses quality of life, fake news prevention and his ‘Freedom Dividend’ in Iowa City

“If you’re in this room,” Andrew Yang said during a combination book signing and campaign stop at Prairie Lights Bookstore on Wednesday afternoon, “it’s quite likely that what you know about me is this: there’s an Asian guy running for president who wants to give everyone $1,000 a month.” “And yeah, those things are true,” […]

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Beto O’Rourke is coming to Cedar Rapids

Beto O’Rourke is coming to Cedar Rapids on Friday, and the former Texas congressman will be a guest on the Political Party Live podcast, hosted by Simeon Talley and Stacey Walker. The podcast will be recorded at the Raygun store in Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public, but space will be limited, so people are encouraged to register in advance. […]

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Poll: Iowa Democrats want a candidate who favors the Green New Deal and other strong progressive policies

Iowa Democrats overwhelming favor strong progressive policies, according to a new poll published by the Des Moines Register on Saturday. The Iowa Poll found 91 percent of respondents want a candidate who supports the Green New Deal, with 65 percent preferring a quick implementation of those environmental policies rather than doing it in steps. […]

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‘This is where the political revolution began’: Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa City

“We’re not going to play any of our bummer songs, just the happy ones,” Elizabeth Moen told the large and growing audience in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday evening, as she and her band performed before the start of the Bernie Sanders rally. “Because it’s a happy night tonight.” The […]

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Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and 2020 presidential candidate, discusses his qualifications, husband and ‘the freedom to’ in Iowa City

Pete Buttigieg started his remarks at The Airliner on Monday by addressing the most obvious question about his run for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. “I find everywhere I go, people are sometimes — especially here in Iowa — a little too polite to ask the question of why a 37-year-old mayor thinks he […]

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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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