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Katie Akin

Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

Latinx groups launch COVID-19 vaccination outreach campaign

By: - October 15, 2021

Three Latinx groups announced on Friday a new Iowa vaccination campaign targeting Latino, Spanish-speaking and immigrant Iowans. “We know that we can get across the finish line and bring equity to our community, as well as improve overall public health and prosperity for the great state of Iowa,” said Darryl Morin, president of Wisconsin-based nonprofit […]

Iowa Department of Public Health will report booster shot data

By: - October 15, 2021

As Food and Drug Administration experts recommend more COVID-19 booster shots, the Iowa Department of Public Health says it will start publicly reporting third dose data. The FDA recommended in late September that elderly or immunocompromised people who received the Pfizer vaccine get a third booster shot. This week, FDA panels recommended booster shots for […]

D.C. Dispatch: Biden plans reinstatement of ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

By: - October 15, 2021

Welcome to the D.C. Dispatch, your weekly roundup of Iowa’s politicians in D.C. This week was relatively quiet in D.C., as both the House and Senate were in recess, aside from a Tuesday vote on the debt ceiling. Here’s what you need to know from this week: Iowa Republicans kept talking about the southern border […]

Democrats push for answers on Miller-Meeks’ finances

By: - October 14, 2021

Iowa politicians continued to trade barbs Thursday in disputes over congressional finance disclosures from Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Cindy Axne. Both Miller-Meeks and Axne have been accused in recent weeks of improperly reporting income and stock trades. Members of Congress and candidates for office are required to report their income and other financial transactions regularly. […]

Reynolds, lawmakers in talks to combat federal vaccine mandates

By: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she’s in talks with lawmakers to combat vaccine mandates at private businesses, but she does not plan to issue an executive order on the issue. “(Iowans) have said enough is enough,” Reynolds said during a WHO Radio interview Wednesday. “They are tired of the overreach, they are tired of the mandates.” […]

‘These are not criminals’: Latino groups urge nuance as Iowa GOP focuses on border security

By: - October 13, 2021

Iowa Latinx groups called for state leaders to be more welcoming toward refugees in the wake of a Republican emphasis on border security, which they said was politically motivated. “Let’s get over this fear-mongering,” said League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Iowa Political Director Joe Henry. “They’re doing the work, so let’s welcome […]

Iowa COVID-19 cases continue to decline from September surge

By: - October 13, 2021

Iowa’s COVID-19 cases continued to decline this week, but the average number of new daily cases remained above 1,000 for the eighth week in a row. Over the past two weeks, Iowa’s daily COVID-19 cases have declined by 23%, according to the New York Times. There have been an average of 1,222 new cases reported […]

Republicans pick up a House seat in Newton special election

By: - October 12, 2021

Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election to the Iowa House on Tuesday, flipping a seat from blue to red ahead of the 2022 session. Dunwell is a pastor and financial professional from Newton. He will replace Rep. Wes Breckenridge, a Democrat, as the representative for House District 29, which includes Newton, Colfax, Prairie City, […]

Hinson calls for more security on the U.S.-Mexico border

By: - October 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson and Texas Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales called on President Joe Biden to commit more resources to border security during a telephone town hall on Tuesday. “There have been more illegal immigrants encountered at the southern border in each month — June, July, and August — than the entire population of the […]

Trump rails against Democrats, calls for election reform during Iowa rally

By: - October 9, 2021

Former President Donald Trump ruminated on election fraud and Democratic wrongdoing Saturday while teasing a potential 2024 run during a rally in Des Moines. Trump gave a warm greeting to Iowans, congratulating the Hawkeyes on their win against Penn State. He touted his win in Iowa in 2020 and his latest Des Moines Register/Iowa Poll […]

Iowa Republican leaders praise Trump’s legacy in Des Moines rally

By: - October 9, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has not officially announced if he will run in 2024, but Iowa Republican leaders still had glowing things to say about him during a Saturday trip to Des Moines.  “This trend that Donald Trump started has turned this party into a blue-collar party, has turned this party into an individual rights […]

Trump rally-goers eager for a 2024 run

By: - October 9, 2021

Christina Ramirez drove five hours to Des Moines looking for one thing: hope. “Our country is just slipping away little by little,” she said. “I want to know if there’s any hope for us, for anybody, for this country.” Ramirez was one of thousands to attend a rally for former President Donald Trump at the […]