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Iowa Supreme Court stays new anti-abortion rules, but access to services remains a problem

Iowa won’t be immediately joining the 27 states that impose a waiting period on women seeking an abortion. Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order temporarily staying the enforcement of a 72-hour waiting period that was among the new restrictions on abortion signed into law by Gov. Brandstad in May. But that decision doesn’t meant exercising the right to choose isn’t already a challenge in Iowa.
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Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst help kill a rule protecting consumers from predatory banks and credit card companies

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted this week to kill a regulation that was widely considered to be a landmark piece of consumer protection. The regulation was created in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop banks, credit card companies and… […]

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Comey tweets: Former FBI director James Comey makes news with a tweet from Iowa

Like the president who fired him, former FBI Director James Comey made news with a tweet this past weekend. Unlike Trump, Comey didn’t do it by attacking people or claiming credit for the work of others (the law declassifying the JFK assassination record was signed in 1992). Instead, Comey published a tweet on Sunday that finally confirmed his twitter handle is Reinhold Niebuhr (@FormerBu). It was a tweet from Iowa. […]

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Obscure change in federal regulations may have big impact on local TV news in Iowa, and make the news more pro-Trump

On Tuesday, the Federal Communication Commission voted to eliminate a 77 year-old rule intended to ensure TV and radio stations serve the needs of their local communities. The vote on the so-called “Main Studio Rule” followed party lines, with all three Republican commissioners voting in favor of killing it, and both Democrats voting to preserve it. […]

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Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg voted out as Minority Leader

Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids is out as minority leader in the Iowa State Senate, following a vote by the chamber’s Democratic caucus on Sunday. Hogg had only been minority leader since last November. He was elected to the position after Mike Gronstal, who had led the caucus for 20 years, lost his seat in the 2016 election. […]

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Cedar Rapids ICE agents arrest woman and hold her without bail even though she has papers to be in the U.S.

Asucena Natareno Ramirez has been held without bail in an Iowa jail since Oct. 3, and her attorney still can’t get a satisfactory explanation for why she was arrested. Natareno Ramirez, a native of Guatemala who has been living with relatives in Mount Pleasant while her application for asylum is under consideration, was at the Cedar Rapids office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a routine check-in when ICE agents arrested her. Her attorney Dan Vondra was informed by phone that the agents had an administrative arrest warrant that alleged she is present in the country “in violation of the law.” […]

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Sen. Grassley skips town hall meetings in Johnson, Linn and other big Iowa counties for the fifth straight year

Last week, the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator had completed another annual tour of all the state’s 99 counties. But once again, he skipped town halls in the biggest counties. […]

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‘So disrespectful’: Gov. Reynolds criticizes the silent protests of NFL players

During her Monday press conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds came out strongly in favor of the American flag and against NFL players silently protesting during the national anthem. But judging by her remarks — which included references to respecting the military and those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — it’s unclear if Reynolds knows why there are protests or anything about the players who are protesting. […]

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Regents reveal secret meetings behind Bruce Harreld hire

According to the report by Ryan J. Foley, the business man was recruited in secret — with Regents flouting Iowa’s open meetings and records laws by using private email accounts and holding a series of meetings on July 30, 2015 without a board majority at the business of former Board President Bruce Rastetter — all in an attempt to get Harreld to apply for the job. Harreld applied a day after these meetings. […]

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