Students hold signs at a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa City on Jan. 30, 2016. Sanders eventually lost his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination but young people supporting him now have a chance to have their voice heard as first-time presidential election voters in fall 2016.

First-Time Voters Eager For Say In Presidential Election

The chance to have a voice in who the next U.S. president is and fighting for what is right, watching a new generation make a difference and even watching as states change to either red or blue are some of the many reasons young first-time voters are ready to take part in the 2016 presidential election.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Iowa Cubs owner and president Michael Gartner explains the story behind a bottle of wine Major League Hall of Fame member Ryne Sandberg gave him when Sandberg was the Iowa Cubs' manager. Photo taken July 13, 2016, in Gartner's office at Principal Park in Des Moines.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Winning Pulitzer An “Obituary Changer” In Already Notable Career

Michael Gartner received the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1997 for editorials published in The Daily Tribune in Ames. He was co-owner and editor of the newspaper at the time. The Pulitzer board praised his “common sense editorials” for covering “issues deeply affecting the lives of people in his community,” including local issues ranging from ordinances controlling where signs could be placed to a proposed lap dancing law.


IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Large Money Gap, Few Dark Money Contributions So Far In Grassley-Judge Senate Race

A big money gap marked the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Democrat challenger Patty Judge, according to the latest campaign disclosure reports available earlier this week at the time of production. Grassley’s campaign had $5.2 million on hand back in May, 22 times more than Judge, who had $229,000 as of June 30. Add to that $59,300 in bills that Judge’s campaign owed at that time.