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John Hickenlooper, one of the many Democrats running for president, drops out of the race

John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. “I ran for president, because this country is being ripped apart by politics and partisan games, while our biggest problems go unsolved,” Hickenlooper, the former mayor and former governor of Colorado, said in a video posted on social media. “Today, I’m ending my campaign for president, […]

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John Delaney, who’s been running for president since 2017, returns to Iowa City for a book signing

Former Maryland Congressman and current presidential candidate John Delaney will be signing his book, The Right Answer, at High Ground Cafe on Thursday. Delaney, the first 2020 Democratic to declare his candidacy, had already been running for nine months when his book was published in May 2018. […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: A first-time voter encounters buddy-buddy candidates and rude reporters at the Iowa State Fair

The annual two-week phenomenon that is the Iowa State Fair is well-known for its amply supply of pigs, people, meals on sticks and, once every four years, its parade of presidential candidates. Livestock gets judged in the various barns at the fairgrounds, and candidates get judged at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox […]

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Joe Biden to return to Iowa City before going to the Iowa State Fair, where his 1988 presidential campaign fell apart

Joe Biden is returning Iowa City on Wednesday for a meet-and-greet at his Kennedy Plaza campaign headquarters. The stop comes one day before the former vice president and current 2020 candidate takes the stage at the Iowa State Fair’s Political Soapbox, sponsored by the Des Moines Register. […]

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2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand returns to Iowa City for a meet-and-greet at The Mill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is returning to Iowa City for a campaign event at The Mill on Thursday. The meet-and-greet with the New York Democrat will begin at 6 p.m. Gillibrand attracted an overflowing crowd to the side room of The Airliner in February, during her first stop in Iowa City as a 2020 hopeful. At that time there were 10 declared […]

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John Hickenlooper: ‘We must be progressive, but also pragmatic’

When John Hickenlooper took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration in Cedar Rapids on June 9, it’s likely that members of the audience only knew a few things about him. All were aware he’d been governor of Colorado (2011-2019). Most also probably knew he’d been mayor of Denver (2003-2011). Many likely knew he was the co-founder of a Denver brewpub (he frequently mentions this). […]

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Progress Iowa’s Corn Feed will bring 12 presidential candidates (and corn) to Cedar Rapids

It sometimes seems as if it’s easier to find a Democrat running for president in Iowa than it is to find fresh sweet corn in the state, but both will be plentiful at Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Corn Feed on Sunday. […]

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Eric Swalwell becomes the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

After struggling to get attention in a field of two dozen candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California dominated the 2020 election new cycle for a moment on Monday, by dropping out of the race. […]

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Beto O’Rourke: ‘We must first fix this badly broken democracy’

Beto O’Rourke started his speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration by discussing that he is grateful for “this moment of truth for our country,” as he called it. “The power and joy with which we meet this moment is something I’m grateful for, because we are all focused on the same goal for this country: defeating Donald Trump […]

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Amy Klobuchar: ‘My background is a little different from Donald Trump’

“Thank you Iowa Democrats,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said as she took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame celebration. “I am your senator next door. And I can see Iowa from my porch.” The Minnesota senator was touching on two aspects of her campaign with that opening. […]

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