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‘What do we want? Safety!’: Iowa City students protest political inaction in the wake of school shootings

On Monday at 11 a.m., students walked out of classes at two Iowa City schools, City High School and Southeast Junior High School, in response to the mass shooting at a Florida school last week and failure of politicians to enact effective gun laws in the wake of previous school shootings. […]

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Russians indicted in Trump probe paid for a Hillary-in-a-cage float, but Iowans got there first

On Friday, 13 Russians and three companies—described by The Washington Post as “a notorious Russian group of Internet trolls”—were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Tucked away in the indictment is a strange detail that calls to mind a 2016 incident in western Iowa’s Carroll County. […]

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Iowa lawmaker explains why she wants to make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get protective orders

During a meeting with constituents on Saturday, Rep. Sandy Salmon claimed the two bills she introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives this month that would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders were just attempts to “explore some options that curb abuses in the system.” […]

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Legalize (all of) it! The surprising position on drugs in the platform of the Iowa Democratic Party (Updated)

It’s no longer surprising when a politician comes out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but it is a little surprising that it’s the official position of the Iowa Democratic Party that all drugs should be legalized. At least that the official position on paper—none of the state party’s leader have actually endorsed taking that step. […]

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Iowa’s ‘stand your ground’ law will be tested following the jury verdict in the 2017 Ped Mall shooting

In a typical criminal trial, the announcement of the jury’s verdict is the most important moment. But the trial of Lamar Wilson for the deadly Aug. 27 shooting on Iowa City’s Ped Mall will be an exception. Because a post-conviction hearing will be the first test of Iowa’s “stand your ground” (SYG) law. […]

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Iowa lawmaker wants to make it harder for domestic and sexual violence victims to get protective orders

Two bills recently introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders. Both bills, HF 2214 and HF 2246, were both introduced by Rep. Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville. She is also currently the sole sponsor of both bills. […]

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller challenges a Trump administration rule change that could take tips away from servers

For the 37th time in just over a year, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is taking on the Trump administration. On Monday, Miller joined with 16 other state attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) objecting to plans to overturn an Obama era regulation that protects the tips of restaurant and bar workers. […]

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