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House, Senate send collective bargaining bill to Gov. Branstad’s desk

Both the Iowa House and Senate passed an overhaul of Iowa’s collective bargaining measures on Thursday, sending the controversial bill on to Gov. Terry Branstad to be signed into law. The votes followed measures in both chambers to set a deadline on debate — the House cut off debate at noon and the Senate, after […]

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COGS, public workers reach out to community in benefits battle

The University of Iowa graduate student union is asking the public to speak out at Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, sending out the message that “our cause is everyone’s cause.” “All workers are in it together, and all workers need to lift each other up,” said Landon Elkind, president of the Campaign to Organize […]

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Graduate student union joins collective bargaining fight with Des Moines rally tomorrow

Some University of Iowa graduate students are joining union leaders for a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow as part of a multi-pronged effort to stand up for preserving their current health care benefits, as well as scholarships for tuition and fees. The Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) is organizing a rally that departs […]

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Iowans urged to join Dakota Access Pipeline petition drive

BOLD Iowa, an Iowa group supporting renewable energy options, is pushing to make sure Iowa is included in a federal review of how the Dakota Access Pipeline will affect the environment. The group is asking people across the state to sign its petition in time for a Feb. 20 deadline set by the U.S. Army […]

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Nearly 200 protested at Eastern Iowa Airport in solidarity with immigrants and refugees

Nearly 200 protesters gathered at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on Sunday in the wake of an executive order issued Friday by President Donald Trump barring citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order also denied entry to all refugees for 120 days, except those […]

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Opinion: Reach out to Iowa legislators in support of the Iowa Cultural Trust

Today, perhaps as early as 1 p.m., the Iowa House will be considering HF 118, a financing bill that proposes cutting funding to many arts initiatives in this state, including the Iowa Cultural Trust. The threat to the Iowa Cultural Trust is something that affects all Iowans who have an interest in the culture of […]

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Iowa Voices: Iowans had different reasons for attending the D.C. Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington took place Jan. 21, drawing nearly half a million people to the national capital, including a number of Iowans — some currently living in the Hawkeye State, and some who have moved but still claim their Iowa roots. Little Village asked Iowa marchers to share their thoughts. This is what they […]

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Iowa Voices: During inauguration, Iowans celebrate and protest in the streets of D.C.

Iowans from both ends of the political spectrum were among the hundreds of thousands that attended the inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20. Some were Iowa natives and some were transplants, some celebrating and some protesting. Little Village sought them out and asked them three questions. These were their answers. (Responses have been edited […]

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Photos: 26,000 Des Moines marchers spanned generations, gave voice to a variety of causes

An estimated 26,000 people showed up to the Women’s March in Des Moines, filling the grounds in front of the State Capitol Building and rocketing past the anticipated attendance of 10,000. The marchers joined in the Women’s March movement, which drew millions to more than 670 sister marches across the country and around the globe, […]

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Women’s Marches in Des Moines and around the globe unified diverse groups, not just ‘anti-Trump’

For women like Kate Casaletto and Erin Duncan, two North Liberty moms who helped found the activist group Action Iowa, there was little discomfort in touting sharply worded signs along with an estimated 26,000 other marchers in Des Moines Saturday. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people,” read Casaletto’s sign on one side; […]

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Harreld issues call to action following proposed budget cuts to Iowa universities

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld issued a call to action Thursday following Gov. Terry Branstad’s suggested $34.3 million cut to higher education — the largest cut made as part of an effort to slice $110 million from the budget for the current budget year. “This cut, in the current fiscal year, is not without […]

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Secretary of State proposal would require voter IDs in name of election integrity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate proposed legislation yesterday that he said would work to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections by requiring things like voter ID at polling places and creating an electronic poll book for every Iowa precinct, with voters scanning state-issued IDs or voter registration cards when checking in to polling places. […]

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