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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: 19 candidates and a blimp

This year’s Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame (HoF) celebration was a record-setting event. More presidential candidates attended and spoke to the assembled party activists and elected officials than any previous year. In part, that’s because there are more candidates this year than ever — 23 at last count — but it’s also an indication of Iowa’s power. […]

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CBS 2 and Fox 28 downplayed 19 presidential candidates in Cedar Rapids on Sunday and aired a Trump-promoted conspiracy theory

When Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel checked to see how local TV news was covering a local story of national importance, he saw KGAN (CBS2) minimizing coverage of the biggest event in town in order to give air time to a discredited conspiracy theory the Trump administration has been promoting. […]

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Pete Buttigieg to return to Iowa City Saturday

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend Indiana and 2020 presidential candidate, will make a second campaign stop in Iowa City Saturday, May 18. Buttigieg will hold a meet-and-greet at Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon (Walleye Dr SE, Iowa City) beginning at 12:30 p.m. […]

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar breaks down her $100 billion mental health services plan and the ‘Iowa caucus way’ of winning elections

Near the beginning of her speech to a packed house at The Mill on Saturday evening, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called herself “an underdog” in the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination for president. “But just so you know, every race I’ve run, I start out as the underdog,” Klobuchar said. “When I ran to be […]

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‘There’s an awful lot to say’: Joe Biden makes his first 2020 campaign stop in Iowa City

While most of the announced presidential candidates are getting into detail about some of their policy proposals, Joe Biden, the newest 2020 candidate and the current frontrunner, took a broader approach during his first campaign stop in Iowa City. “Folks, the fact of the matter is there’s an awful lot to say and I’m not going to say it, because you’re all standing,” Biden told the crowd at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom. […]

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‘I have a plan’: Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses proposed wealth tax and more in Cedar Rapids

It was always expected that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would receive a warm welcome in Cedar Rapids from the Linn Phoenix Club. The group works to elect progressive Democrats at the county level, and Warren is one of the most progressive Democrats running for president. What wasn’t expected was the size of the welcome. The Thursday […]

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‘People are ready for a new generation of leadership’: 2020 presidential Julián Castro on his path to politics, immigration reform and more

Julián Castro was candid about his place in the large field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during his live Political Party Live’s podcast interview at The Mill Sunday. The former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, who also served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, is still slowly […]

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Kamala Harris in Iowa City: ‘Our fight is born out of what we know can be, unburdened by what has been’

What wasn’t said at Sen. Kamala Harris’ town hall-style campaign event at the Iowa Memorial Union on Wednesday night was almost as interesting as what the 2020 presidential candidate did say. She never mentioned Donald Trump’s name or used the word “Republican.” But the California Democrat wasn’t ignoring the impact of Trump’s actions or Republican policies. […]

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Julián Castro, 2020 presidential candidate, will be at The Mill Sunday for a ‘Political Party Live’ interview

Former San Antonio mayor and current presidential candidate Julián Castro will sit down for an interview on the Political Party Live podcast recording live at The Mill on Sunday. Castro is the fourth 2020 Democratic candidate to be interviewed by Political Party Live hosts Stacey Walker and Simeon Talley. […]

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From eating at Hamburg Inn to digging into the issues: Beto O’Rourke makes his first campaign stop in Iowa City

The music that blasted through the second-floor ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday was the first indication Beto O’Rourke was incorporating local color into his first campaign stop in Iowa City since declaring his candidacy last month. Instead of his standard walk-up music, “Clampdown” by The Clash, the former Texas congressman bounded onto […]

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