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4/20 in 2021: Iowans have come around to cannabis, but state and federal lawmakers are straying from their pot promises

The latest Iowa Poll from the Des Moines Register and Mediacom revealed several areas in which public opinion conflicts with state legislators’ priorities, from passing an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution (opposed by 58 percent of respondents) to shortening early voting periods (52 percent were against), to slashing unemployment benefits for laid-off workers (of […]

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Letter to the editor: The state’s “Back the Blue” bills will make us less free and less safe

By Christina Bohannan, State Rep. House District 85, University of Iowa law professor; and Janice Weiner, Iowa City Councilor In response to racial justice protests last summer, Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have introduced bills that ramp up penalties on protest activity and limit local government discretion in dealing with protests and public safety issues. […]

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Vaccine appointments can feel elusive. This Iowa Twitter account helps.

Nearly all Iowans are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and starting April 5, literally all adult Iowans will be, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday. But determining if you’re eligible and locating vaccine providers near you aren’t the biggest hurdles to actually getting the jab. Scheduling an appointment is. Gov. Kim Reynolds and her administration chose […]

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Iowa City Bike Library finds a new home, at last

After more than five years of location insecurity, the Iowa City Bike Library (ICBL) is ready to settle down in its own “vast, ethereal space.” “It is true! The Iowa City Bike Library has purchased a building at 1222 South Gilbert Court,” ICBL posted to its Facebook page Tuesday morning. “Situated South of CommUnity, two […]

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Trans, polysaturated: Mitchell Grauberger’s gender journey and polyamorous love story

“The line between friendship versus romantic attraction is very strange for me,” 24-year-old Mitchell Grauberger lamented. “I enjoy having, like, platonic cuddles with my friends. So where’s this line? Am I romantically attracted to you? Or am I just a friend?” Last February, Mitch managed to maneuver this gray area with a friend he’d met […]

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