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Iowa lawmaker explains why she wants to make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get protective orders

During a meeting with constituents on Saturday, Rep. Sandy Salmon claimed the two bills she introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives this month that would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders were just attempts to “explore some options that curb abuses in the system.” […]

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Gov. Reynolds supports bill that cuts reporting requirements on state’s privatized Medicaid program

During her regular weekly press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is committed to transparency, but also came out in favor of cutting the amount of publicly reported information about how well the state’s controversial privatized Medicaid management program is performing. […]

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Legalize (all of) it! The surprising position on drugs in the platform of the Iowa Democratic Party (Updated)

It’s no longer surprising when a politician comes out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but it is a little surprising that it’s the official position of the Iowa Democratic Party that all drugs should be legalized. At least that the official position on paper—none of the state party’s leader have actually endorsed taking that step. […]

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PEACE Iowa is offering training in nonviolent resistance

Peace Iowa will be offering free training in nonviolent resistance on Saturday. “Last summer, we awarded a scholarship to Karen Nichols, so she could attend a week-long training program at the Satyagraha Institute,” Carole Winkleblack, a volunteer with the Iowa City-based nonprofit, told Little Village. “And she’ll be leading the program on Saturday to impart what she learned.”
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Iowa’s ‘stand your ground’ law will be tested following the jury verdict in the 2017 Ped Mall shooting

In a typical criminal trial, the announcement of the jury’s verdict is the most important moment. But the trial of Lamar Wilson for the deadly Aug. 27 shooting on Iowa City’s Ped Mall will be an exception. Because a post-conviction hearing will be the first test of Iowa’s “stand your ground” (SYG) law. […]

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Iowa lawmaker wants to make it harder for domestic and sexual violence victims to get protective orders

Two bills recently introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders. Both bills, HF 2214 and HF 2246, were both introduced by Rep. Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville. She is also currently the sole sponsor of both bills. […]

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