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Letter to the editor: Iowa Republicans are creating a firearms free-for-all

Submitted by Liz O’Hara Iowa’s Republican lawmakers are relentless in their drive to create a firearms free-for-all in our state. First, they ignored overwhelming public opposition and passed the gun lobby’s constitutional amendment, making “any and all” restrictions on the right to bear arms subject to “strict scrutiny” by the courts. They tried to assure […]

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Letter to the editor: Miller-Meeks voted against coronavirus relief, and against her constituents

By Trish Nelson, Iowa City Second-district Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks voted against coronavirus relief despite adding her name to a letter sent from freshman House Republicans to then President-elect Biden. In part it read, “we hope to work with you to extend targeted, meaningful coronavirus relief for families…” What is the point of offering help if […]

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Letter to the editor: Free speech and politics in Iowa

By Christina Bohannan, State Representative, Iowa House District 85; law professor, University of Iowa As a law professor, I am a strong defender of free speech. Defending free speech as a constitutional principle means defending the right of people to speak even when I disagree with their message. As a Democratic State Representative from Iowa […]

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Letter: Those affected by police violence have had no voice in Iowa City’s police reform planning

By Nicholas Theisen, Iowa City Why aren’t we centering the victims of police violence? This was the question I was left with after Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, in which council approved a Law Enforcement Liaison Partnership Agreement with CommUnity and Foundation 2, organizations that provide crisis services to the local area. City Manager […]

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Letter from Rep. Christina Bohannan: Iowa’s proposed abortion and gun amendments are extreme and dangerous

By Christina Bohannan, State Representative, Iowa House District 85; Law professor, University of Iowa Despite the pandemic, and amid concerns about violence surrounding the presidential inauguration, it is critical that Iowans realize what is happening in our State Capitol and take action. This morning, subcommittees in the Iowa House of Representatives passed two constitutional amendments […]

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