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Jury finds Gov. Terry Branstad violated the state’s LGBTQ discrimination laws, awards former employee $1.5 million

Gov. Terry Branstad illegally discriminated against the former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey when he slashed Godfrey’s salary in 2011 in an attempt to force Godfrey to resign, a Polk County jury decided on Monday. The jury agreed with Godfrey that Branstad had singled him out because Godfrey is gay, and awarded him $1.5 million in damages.

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John Hickenlooper: ‘We must be progressive, but also pragmatic’

When John Hickenlooper took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration in Cedar Rapids on June 9, it’s likely that members of the audience only knew a few things about him. All were aware he’d been governor of Colorado (2011-2019). Most also probably knew he’d been mayor of Denver (2003-2011). Many likely knew he was the co-founder of a Denver brewpub (he frequently mentions this). […]

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Progress Iowa’s Corn Feed will bring 12 presidential candidates (and corn) to Cedar Rapids

It sometimes seems as if it’s easier to find a Democrat running for president in Iowa than it is to find fresh sweet corn in the state, but both will be plentiful at Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Corn Feed on Sunday. […]

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BeerBurger closes its Iowa City location

BeerBurger has closed the downtown Iowa City location it opened six months ago. Its North Liberty location, which opened two-and-a-half years ago, will remain open. John Burchert, CEO of MAiNGREDIENT — which owns BeerBurger — announced the closure in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Burchert didn’t offer any specific reasons for shuttering the restaurant’s second […]

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Former Illinois congressman Bobby Schilling is running for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District

On Monday, former Illinois congressman Bobby Schilling has filed the paperwork necessary to run for the open seat in Iowa 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by Rep. Dave Loebsack. The 55 year-old represented the Illinois side of the Quad Cities for two years starting in 2011. […]

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Eric Swalwell becomes the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

After struggling to get attention in a field of two dozen candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California dominated the 2020 election new cycle for a moment on Monday, by dropping out of the race. […]

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Your Village: Where is Iowa City’s $20,000 PLAY bike rack?

It’s surprising how many people don’t notice a 25-foot-long, 8-foot-tall bike rack in the shape of the letters P-L-A-Y is missing until you point out it’s gone. Technically, it’s not a rack, it’s a “parklet,” which is a structure that not only offers large-scale bike parking (in this case, 40 bikes), but is also supposed to help beautify its surroundings. […]

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Downtown streets will close and bus routes will change for Iowa City Jazz Fest this weekend

Three streets in downtown Iowa City will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, as workers begin setting up for the Iowa City Jazz Fest. Clinton Street from East Jefferson Street to East Washington Street Iowa Avenue from Clinton to Jefferson North Dubuque Street from Jefferson to Iowa The streets are scheduled to reopen […]

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