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Election Day equality: Access is crucial for those with disabilities

Voters with disabilities can face challenges when heading to the polls, including difficulty finding transportation to polling locations, challenges accessing polling booths or filling out traditional ballots and anxieties surrounding the voting process that may discourage them from participating. But local groups in Johnson and Linn counties are working to make sure these barriers do […]

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Dumpling Darling to put down Iowa City roots on Iowa Avenue

Dumpling Darling will be opening its own, permanent Iowa City location come February 2017, complete with an expanded menu and late-night hours. Owners Lesley and Brian Triplett will be revamping the location at 213 Iowa Avenue — adding more seating and an open kitchen — and preparing some new menu items featuring dumplings from around […]

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Clinton aimed for women voters during NewBo City Market rally

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Clinton stood among a crowd in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market to rally voters, especially women, and encourage them to take advantage of early voting opportunities. The girl power theme was hard to miss, from T-shirts declaring “Madame President” to the speeches from local female candidates and […]

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New coalition to fight for felon voting rights in Iowa

Seventeen Iowa organizations have formed a coalition to pursue legislation and a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to Iowans with a felony conviction. Iowa is one of only four states with a permanent constitution voting ban for people with felony convictions, and one of only three states that require individuals to apply for a […]

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Hillary Clinton to encourage early voting in Cedar Rapids

With the election less than two weeks away, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be swinging through Cedar Rapids on Friday for an event aimed at encouraging women to vote early. The Women Win Early Vote Rally will be held in the NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St. SE). Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. […]

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Supreme Court, Washington gridlock key points in Grassley, Judge debate

Talk about the Supreme Court and gridlock in Congress dominated the debate last night between long-time Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge last night in Sioux City. Judge, a Democrat, is vying for the octogenarian Republican’s U.S. Senate seat, which he has held since 1981. The debate was civil, with Grassley […]

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Voting etiquette: Don’t take a selfie with your ballot

Nomophobes beware: When you go into the voting booth this election season, keep your phone in your pocket. In Iowa, it is against the law to have a cellphone, camera or other recording devices in the voting booth and ignoring that rule could get you into trouble. “One reason is your vote is private, it’s […]

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Yelp: Iowa City’s Nodo is best restaurant in Iowa

Looking for the best place in the state of Iowa to grab a bite to eat? Look no further than Iowa City’s Nodo. That’s according to a list developed by Yelp on behalf of USA Today that used an algorithm to combine the website’s user ratings and reviews and weed out chains. Never been to […]

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Felons struggle to regain voting rights in Iowa

Voting Rights For All Iowa City Public Library Room A, B, C — Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Inside Out Reentry and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County Tracy Gryp keeps a framed copy of her voting rights restoration certificate signed by Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2005. She stuck […]

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Film ‘The Way We Talk’ to raise stuttering awareness in Iowa City

The Way We Talk: Screening and Discussion FilmScene — Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. A movie event on Saturday will work to raise awareness and address social stigmas surrounding stuttering. The film, The Way We Talk, will be shown at FilmScene in Iowa City, with proceeds going towards scholarships for the University of Iowa’s […]

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Letter to Obama: Stop the Bakken Pipeline

In a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, five U.S. senators, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, urged the president to temporarily halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline to allow for a complete environmental and cultural review. In addition to Sanders, the letter was signed by Democratic senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dianne Feinstein of […]

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