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Criticizing Chuck Grassley for opposing ‘anything that moves us forward,’ Abby Finkenauer launches a run for Senate

Abby Finkenauer announced on Thursday she is running for Senate in 2022. Finkenauer, who now lives in Cedar Rapids, represented her hometown of Dubuque in the Iowa House for two terms before being elected to Congress from Iowa’s 1st District in Congress in 2018. Finkenauer had a quick rise in Iowa politics, becoming the second-youngest […]

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Iowa Democrats talk politics, hint at future campaigns at a party for Rep. Christina Bohannan

There was a happy, upbeat atmosphere at state Rep. Christina Bohannan’s combination 50th birthday party and campaign fundraiser at The Celebration Farm on Friday night. But that didn’t stop the evening’s honoree from acknowledging an unhappy fact at the beginning of her speech welcoming party-goers. “This has been a tough year for Iowa Democrats,” Bohannan […]

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New records set for voter turnout as Democrats win in Johnson County, Republicans win statewide

Iowa had a record turnout for the Nov. 3 general election, breaking the previous record by 100,000 votes, Secretary of State Paul Pate tweeted on Wednesday morning. According to the unofficial statewide results, 1,687,883 have been counted. (Mailed-in absentee ballots postmarked by Monday, Nov. 2, will be counted if they are received in a county […]

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‘Every area of our city has seen destruction’: Local and state leaders call on Gov. Reynolds to deploy National Guard to Cedar Rapids to help with storm damage

Every area of Cedar Rapids has seen destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa on Monday, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said. The destruction is more extensive than what the city experienced in the floods of 2008 and 2016, he added. “This is a greater impact than we’ve ever seen in this community,” Pomeranz said […]

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‘Iowans deserve access to the truth’: Rep. Loebsack inquires why IDPH underreported a Tyson plant outbreak; 469 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 469 people were confirmed as having COVID-19 during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. on Monday. The new cases increase the total number of Iowans who have tested positive to 42,485. The newly confirmed cases were part of the 4,403 test results reported by IDPH between […]

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COVID-19: Iowa’s death toll passes 800; Rep. Finkenauer wants to know why testing has been cut in Dubuque

Iowa’s official COVID-19 death toll passed 800 on Wednesday, as the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 10 people had died from the virus. The newly reported deaths bring the total number of Iowans killed by COVID-19 to 808. IDPH also reported another 374 Iowans tested positive for the virus during the 24-hour period […]

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Trump uses Defense Production Act to shield meat processing plants from COVID-19 liability

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to order all beef, pork, poultry and egg processing plants in the country to remain open and continue working. The executive order said the recent closures of meat processing plants following outbreaks of COVID-19 “threaten the continued functioning of […]

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Rep. Abby Finkenauer endorses Joe Biden for president

Abby Finkenauer became the first Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate when the first-term representative announced on Monday she is supporting Joe Biden. Finkenauer started her endorsement by talking about her upbringing. “I was raised in a small town in rural Iowa, where my family instilled in me the importance of […]

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