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Election Day in Iowa City: Learn about the candidates and what you need to be able to vote

It’s Election Day in Iowa City, and Little Village has been reporting on the sole race on today’s ballot, since the Iowa City Council voted on Aug. 3 to hold a special election to fill the at-large seat left vacant when Kingsley Botchway resigned. For the convenience of voters, LV has compiled below its profiles of both candidates (complete with video interviews) and information on where and how to vote in the election. […]

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Protesters gather at the Old Capitol as Sen. Grassley holds hearing on sexual assault charges against Judge Kavanaugh

Protesters gathered on the steps of the Old Capitol at noon to call on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, or at least conduct a thorough investigation of the charges of sexual assault brought against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and two other women. […]

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New poll shows Hubbell ahead of Reynolds, but just barely

A new statewide poll found Democrat Fred Hubbell leading incumbent Kim Reynolds in the race for governor. But that lead was small enough to fall within the margin of error of the poll conducted by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register and Mediacom. In the poll published on Saturday, 43 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Hubbell, while 41 percent backed Reynolds. Libertarian candidate Jake Porter was the choice of 7 percent, and 9 percent were undecided. According to the polling company, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent. […]

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The only Iowan arrested in the Inauguration Day protests faced months of legal hell

In January 2017, Oliver Weilen made a last-minute decision and joined some friends who were driving from Iowa to Washington D.C. to take part in the protests happening on Inauguration Day. What he didn’t know when he arrived in D.C. was how dystopian his life was about to become. The police would make 234 arrests that day, conducting mass round-ups of protesters. Weilen was the only person from Iowa arrested. […]

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Fred Hubbell talks about progressive values and uniting Iowans during Iowa City campaign stop

The crowd that showed up for a meet-and-greet with gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell at the office of the Johnson County Democrats in Iowa City on Wednesday evening was larger than the room could contain. It was also more than the building’s air condition could handle. […]

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Iowa’s medical community is reluctant to embrace state’s medical marijuana program

A poll conducted in January found that 78 percent of Iowans approve of medical marijuana. But even that level of popular support is meaningless if doctors don’t participate in the state’s very limited medical cannabis program. “Unfortunately, too many physicians, nurses — and really the medical community at large — too many of them have been unwilling to meet with us or really anyone tied with this industry. Unwilling to talk about it and learn more about it,” MedPharm Iowa spokesman Lucas Nelson told Radio Iowa. […]

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Mount Trashmore trails open on Thursday

The river level is dropping, closed streets have reopened and, on Thursday, Cedar Rapids’ Mount Trashmore finally have its grand opening at noon. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the greenspace built out of half-a-century of Linn County trash was original scheduled for last week but had to delayed due concerns over possible flooding. […]

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The Green Room: Dessa, DVIP and the taste of mystery

The third edition of the Green Room opens at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Englert Theatre, with Dessa. The rapper, singer, writer and record executive will be speaking about her life and career. Dessa became internationally famous during the past year with her track “Congratulations” on the Hamilton Mixtape, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in December 2016. […]

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New federal funding for Cedar Rapids flood protection is much smaller than politicians claim

As Cedar Rapids prepared for the Cedar River to crest at “major flood level” on Sunday, Pat Rynard of Iowa Starting Line reported on quiet worries about the loudly celebrated new $117 million in federal funding for the city’s flood control project. […]

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Ann Freerks and Bruce Teague advance to the run-off in the special election for Iowa City Council

Ann Freerks and Bruce Teague will advance to the run-off in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Freerks received 1,062 votes, or 26.9 percent of the 3,964 votes cast in Tuesday’s primary, and Teague received 20.6 percent, according to the preliminary vote totals published by the Johnson […]

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Letters to the editor: Community members sound off on candidates for Iowa City Council

Little Village has covered the candidates in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council as they’ve discussed important issues in two public forums. LV has also received many letter about the candidate, and for the convenience of voters still making up their minds about whom to vote for in the Sept. 4 primary, we’ve compiled those letter below. […]

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