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Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Brianne:

Elizabeth Warren leads Iowa Poll for the first time, besting Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren now holds a 2-point lead over former vice president Joe Biden. → Read More

Largest Polk County Steak Fry in history underway in Des Moines, 12,000 attendees, 17 presidential candidates

Polk County Democrats Chairman Sean Bagniewski said organizers had sold more than 12,000 tickets, purchased more than 10,500 steaks. → Read More

Iowa Democrats are trying to replace the virtual caucuses. What are their options?

Leaders with the Iowa Democratic Party say they are exploring every possible option to expand access to the 2020 caucuses. Here are possibilities. → Read More

Yes, Iowa Republicans plan to hold caucuses in 2020

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas reportedly plan to cancel their primaries and caucuses to block challengers to Trump. → Read More

UPDATE: DNC rejects Nevada, Iowa Democrats' virtual caucus plan — state party responds

The decision follows a meeting of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee last week in San Francisco, where members voiced concerns about cybersecurity. → Read More

Just five months to go until Caucus Day and DNC has not yet approved Iowa's virtual caucus plan

State party leaders are still awaiting formal approval from the Democratic National Committee for its plan to implement virtual caucusing in 2020. → Read More

Busy week of campaigning in Iowa highlights style, enthusiasm differences among Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders

Candidates participated in three forums, organized five RV tours, ran the Iowa State Fair gauntlet and made a total of 134 public appearances over the weekend. → Read More

At Wing Ding dinner, 2020 Democrats emphasize unity, change in wake of gun violence

Twenty-one Democratic presidential candidates converged on the historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa Friday night for the annual Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser. → Read More

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Iowa to talk about trade in late July

Last August, Pence made a campaign stop on behalf of the administration, promising the Trump administration had the best interests of farmers in mind. → Read More

No, a love for Tupac wasn't why Jerry Foxhoven was ousted, Iowa governor's office says

Attention on Jerry Foxhoven's fandom of Tupac and whether it caused his ouster as DHS director caught the Internet's imagination. → Read More

New book says Donald Trump pressured Iowa GOP to invalidate 2016 caucus results

Aaron Britt, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Iowa, said the organization would not have a public comment until after the book's release. → Read More

Presidential candidates offer just a glimpse of style and substance to friendly Iowa crowd

It was candidate speed dating as 19 Democratic presidential hopefuls came to Iowa to impress — and give the nation a preview of the fight to come. → Read More

Iowa Poll: Joe Biden leads, followed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg

There is some significant upside for Kamala Harris in the poll, and some warning signs for Joe Biden. → Read More

5 things to watch at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame event with 17 presidential candidates

At least 17 presidential candidates, 1,500 Democratic activists and about 100 members of the media will descend on a Cedar Rapids ballroom Sunday. → Read More

President Donald Trump to visit Iowa in June for Republican Party fundraiser

The state party confirmed to the Des Moines Register that President Donald Trump will attend the private event June 11 in West Des Moines. → Read More

Joe Biden makes leadership hires for 2020 Iowa caucus campaign

The former vice president announced four hires he will tap as he seeks to translate name ID to Iowa caucus victory. → Read More

Democratic attorney Kimberly Graham announces U.S. Senate run against Joni Ernst

Democrat Kimberly Graham, an Indianola attorney, will run against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate in 2020. → Read More

What's on Iowans' minds going into 2020 caucuses? A look at 300 questions they asked candidates in April

Des Moines Register reporters fanned across the state in April to record the questions Iowans asked presidential candidates. → Read More

In Iowa, Joe Biden responds to Bernie Sanders criticism: 'I'm proud of my record'

"I'm not going to get into debates with my colleagues here. We'll have plenty of time on the stage," Biden said from Monticello, Iowa. → Read More

Iowa caucus 2020: Florida mayor Wayne Messam says he doesn't need Washington experience to be president

"What does Washington experience have to do with meeting the needs of the American people?" Wayne Messam asked in West Des Moines. → Read More