Natalie Krebs

Democrats were hoping for — and expecting — a high turnout for Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The delayed results and app reporting failure have overshadowed the fact that turnout appears to be on pace with 2016 rather than 2008’s record, according to the state party.

Troy Price, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses reporters in Des Moines to explain the delay in releasing the initial results of the 2020 Iowa Caucus.
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Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price apologized Tuesday afternoon for technical problems that caused a long delay in reporting the first results from the Iowa caucus.

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The Iowa Democratic Party launched a new caucus night reporting app this cycle, hoping it would make the process easier, faster and less prone to human error. But the app ended up doing just the opposite. Combined with an overwhelmed backup reporting system, results out of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses were delayed for hours. The IDP released the first set of results at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but did not specify when the full tally could be complete.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is delivering the Democratic response to President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address. 

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President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live starting at 8:00 p.m. CT and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

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"Black Sunday" tells the story of a family living in Lagos, Nigeria. Told over 20 years, the book tells of their attempts to cling to their middle-class lifestyle and subsequent plunge into poverty. In this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Tola Rotimi Abraham about her debut novel.

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From wildfires in California and Australia to category five hurricanes destroying small islands, Jerry Schnoor describes how climate change has manifested itself around the world. Iowa has experienced the effect of climate change through severe flooding and intense precipitations. 

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It's unclear who officially won the Democratic caucuses Monday. Many caucusgoers were left with more questions than answers as the Iowa Democratic Party precincts struggled to report results. 

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The head of the Iowa Democratic Party says the party is manually verifying the results of Monday night’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. 

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President Donald Trump easily won the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses Monday as results were called in his favor less than 30 minutes after the evening got underway. A Republican caucus site in northwest Iowa showed unanimous support for the president.

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The Iowa Democratic Party has released a statement related to the delay in results tonight, insisting the issues are “simply a reporting issue” and not related to a hack of the system.

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Iowans are gathered at 1,765 caucus sites across the state in the first step of the state's nomination process for president. It was a historic night as Democrats held the first international caucuses, and the first caucus at a mosque. 

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The Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary may be scheduled back-to-back, but when comparing the Democratic candidates’ travel to each state, we see just how many more candidates prioritize visits to Iowa over visits to New Hampshire.

With caucusing beginning, questions continue to swirl about the system in place for individual precincts to report their results to the state party.

Iowa Public Radio and NPR were the first to report last month that the state party would be using a new smartphone app to transmit results.

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For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party is going to be releasing three separate results at the same time at the end of the night.

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Senator Ernst walked comments back she made to Bloomberg News yesterday about former Vice President Joe Biden. She’d implied should he become president, Republicans would impeach him as soon as he was elected.

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Winter in Iowa can be harsh.  Rather than keeping you at home, perhaps the snow and cold can spur you on to see a great band in a warm venue! Here are a few upcoming shows that caught my attention. With a couple of exceptions, these are all nationally touring acts passing through our state.  In addition, there is a wealth of Iowa talent to be heard performing near you in the next couple of months!

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The Iowa Democratic Party has released 100% of the results of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. 

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The Iowa Statehouse will be empty Monday so lawmakers can caucus tonight in their home districts. But they’ll be back Tuesday to continue debating K-12 public school funding. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters talks with IPR state government reporter Katarina Sostaric about the week ahead at the legislature.

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There was a moment on caucus night of 2016 when Tom Carsner started to panic.

“I was doing pretty good until I walked out the door,” he laughed nervously,” and saw the line going all the way to the Statue of Liberty….then I said, oh, and maybe a few other words.”

Carsner was in charge of precinct 17 at City High School in Iowa City. The line of people waiting to get into their caucus site stretched out the door and down the hill some 500 feet away.

“Well…we had 935 people, the largest in the state,” he said.

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Pollsters behind the Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa Poll have decided not to release the results of its final, highly anticipated survey before the Iowa caucuses.

The release of the poll was canceled Saturday night after former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign raised concerns that his name was not included in at least one phone call.

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The Woodbury County Supervisor whose voter registration was canceled announced Friday he is resigning from his seat. 

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Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City has found new internships for international students that came to the college on non-immigrant visas. The college met a Jan. 31 deadline set by the federal government to secure new placements after students were pulled from internships that were deemed unacceptable.

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The Iowa Democratic Party started releasing results from Monday's Iowa caucuses Tuesday afternoon. Watch here for live updates as more news about turnout, reaction and results continues to become available. 

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Thursday evening just before 5:30 p.m. the Associated Press announced they are unable to declare a winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. A few hours later, after a three-day delay, the Iowa Democratic Party released final results showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a near tie. 

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Iowans will caucus Monday, and there will finally be results to how all that campaigning and organizing has paid off for the Democratic candidates. 

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Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced Friday it has cleared a backlog of felon voting rights restoration applications, days before Iowa’s first in the nation caucuses.

Iowa is the only state that still bans all felons from voting forever unless they apply directly to the governor for rights restoration. At least 50,000 Iowans are estimated to be barred from voting because of a past felony conviction.

What started as the largest and most diverse crop of Democratic presidential candidates in history has been cut down substantially ahead of the February 3rd Iowa caucuses. But it’s not just Iowa that’s winnowed the field. On the nineteenth episode of Caucus Land, we’ll talk about how we got here and what it could mean for the future of the Iowa caucuses.

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River to River's Ben Kieffer attended President Donald Trump's rally in Des Moines at Drake University's Knapp Center in front of a max capacity crowd just four days before the 2020 Iowa caucuses. 


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Current law does not allow barbers in Iowa to cut hair in a mobile facility, but a bill is gaining support to change that as a Waterloo barber visits the Capitol to convince lawmakers.

There is a proposal from the governor to cut income taxes and raise the state sales tax. The Legislative Services Agency makes an extensive analysis of this proposal and also a short explainer video

Lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that requires a two thirds majority to raise income taxes.