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Author Marianne Williamson announces potential presidential bid, immediately comes to Iowa

There are still 444 days until the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, but like Christmas decorations in stores in October, presidential hopefuls are already appearing in the state. Marianne Williamson announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday […]

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Iowa City Public Library names its new director

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees announced on Thursday it has hired Elsworth Carman as the library’s new director. Carman was formerly the director of the Marion Public Library. “We agree that he has the right leadership, communication, and financial skills to deliver the best possible public library service going forward,” Robin Paetzold, […]

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Grassley’s big Wednesday: Named president (pro tem), pushed sentencing reform (again), rejected oversight of Trump (again) and talked Steve King

On Wednesday, it became official: Sen. Chuck Grassley will be third in the line of succession to the presidency starting in January. The 85-year-old Iowan will become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which means he will be the presiding officer of the Senate when Vice President Pence isn’t present. […]

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‘Birds of a feather’: Steve King embraces Kim Reynolds, as the governor finally tries to separate herself from King

A week after the general election, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a tentative step towards distancing herself from Rep. Steve King. “I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th district or do something else.” Reynolds said at a press conference in […]

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Donate gift items to help the Domestic Violence Intervention Program brighten the holidays for kids

All year round the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) provides support and advocacy services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and each year at this time, it also helps its provide holiday cheer for children. From now until Christmas Eve, DVIP is accepting donations of toys and other gifts for its annual Holiday Store. […]

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Longtime community activist Royceann Porter announces a run for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

On Thursday, Democrat Royceann Porter became the first declared candidate in the special election to fill the remainder of Kurt Friese’s term on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. If she wins, Porter would be the first black person elected to a county-wide office in Johnson County history. Friese died on Oct. 26, and on […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst falsely claims Mueller investigation has accomplished ‘absolutely nothing,’ and won’t commit to protecting it

During a town hall meeting in Ames on Friday, Sen. Joni Ernst refused to say she’d stop the Trump administration from killing or crippling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, and Russian involvement in the 2016 Trump campaign. “I am not going to say today whether I will protect […]

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Protesters call for protection of Mueller investigation, as Trump appoints a former Hawkeye with potential conflicts of interest as acting attorney general

The street lights switched on just before Sara Miller started addressing the protesters gathered on the UI Pentacrest Thursday evening. The protest was one of hundreds across the country organized by MoveOn.org to express support for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating issues related to collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian agents, […]

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Special election scheduled to fill Kurt Friese’s seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

There will be a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created by the death of Kurt Michael Friese. Iowa Code gives the decision on how to fill an empty board seat, either through an appointment or a special election, to a committee of three […]

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‘I sure as hell won’t be erased’: South East Junior High students march for transgender rights on Election Day

As people crowded into polling places on the University of Iowa’s campus on Tuesday afternoon, a group of students from Iowa City’s South East Junior High School marched to the campus to show support for transgender rights. Two eighth-graders, Sam and Lucas, mounted the steps of Schaeffer Hall to rally their fellow students, who had […]

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Reynolds wins and Republicans keep control of the legislature despite record turnout in Johnson County

Gov. Kim Reynolds won a hotly contested race against Democrat Fred Hubbell in Tuesday’s general election. It was the first gubernatorial victory for the incumbent, who became governor in 2017 when Terry Branstad was appointed ambassador to China. Hubbell won five of the state’s six most populous counties, losing only Woodbury County in western Iowa. […]

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Grassley gives Steve King a fresh endorsement, as King concludes his campaign with homophobic remarks

Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a new statement endorsing fellow Republican Steve King, following a week when King’s white nationalist ties and rhetoric finally caused the National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC) to denounce the eight-term Iowa congressman and drop its support for his reelection bid. Grassley never mentions the actions and statements that led the NRCC […]

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