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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: 19 candidates and a blimp

This year’s Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame (HoF) celebration was a record-setting event. More presidential candidates attended and spoke to the assembled party activists and elected officials than any previous year. In part, that’s because there are more candidates this year than ever — 23 at last count — but it’s also an indication of Iowa’s power. […]

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White supremacist flyers distributed on Iowa City’s north side

Flyers promoting the neo-Nazi National Alliance started appearing on Iowa City’s north side Monday night. A resident out for a walk along the 900 block of N Governor Street spotted one of the flyers on the sidewalk. It was contained in the sort of clear, plastic bag used to deliver newspapers, and wrapped around an […]

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‘Peak pig’ in Iowa leads to a ‘staggering’ amount of shit in the state

It’s probably not an accomplishment state officials will want to boast about, but Iowa out-performs the rest of the country when it comes to producing shit. That is, literal fecal waste. Chris Jones, a research engineer and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Iowa, IIHR, has done the math: Iowa, with a population of 3.2 million, produces more than twice the amount of fecal waste per square mile than California, which has almost 40 million people. […]

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Former ICAD employee misappropriated over $500,000, according to audit

A former employee of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) misappropriated over $500,000 of the organization’s money, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. Sheri Jelinek, who worked at ICAD for 15 years and was the group’s office manager when she resigned in January 2017, used an ICAD credit card to make $466,875 in clearly improper purchases, and rack up another $46,903 in suspect purchase for which auditors could not find documentation, according to the report published on Thursday. […]

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Grinnell College students are collecting interviews with LGBTQ Iowans for oral histories project

June 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, an event that catapulted the struggle for LGBTQ rights into the public consciousness. Of course, this struggle did not begin with Stonewall, or end with any law or Supreme Court decision — nor is LGBTQ history limited to high-profile protests in big cities. A dedicated group of Grinnell College students and their professor are […]

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Democrat Theresa Greenfield announces a run for Ernst’s U.S. Senate seat

Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield announcing on Monday that she is joining the race for win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in 2020. Greenfield stressed her “farm kid values” in the video, which features high production values—including dramatic reenactments from her life as a farm kid in rural Minnesota—and is, so far, the only 2020 campaign video to use the word “castrate.” […]

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Transgender Iowans sue over state’s latest attempt to restrict Medicaid funding

On Friday, the ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit in state district court on behalf of two transgender Iowans and the LGBTQ rights group One Iowa, that seeks to overturn the state’s ban on the use of Medicaid funds to pay for sex reassignment procedures deemed medically necessary by doctors. […]

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Ernst and Grassley claim Trump is cleared after Mueller’s comments

Iowa’s U.S. senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both issued written statements on Wednesday following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference. In his brief public remarks, Mueller stressed that his investigation found “Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.” […]

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Sen. Grassley applies for federal farm bailout money for the second time in six months

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants a share of the $16 billion in federal aid to farms and other agricultural-based businesses the Trump administration announced last week, the Des Moines Register reported on Friday. The aid package includes $14.5 billion in direct payments to farmers, and Grassley, who co-owns a farm in Butler County with his son […]

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Gov. Reynolds vetoes bill to expand medical CBD program

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have allowed people diagnosed with “severe or chronic pain” to participate in the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol (mCBD) Program and would have raised the cap on the active ingredient in the cannabidiol currently available to patients in the program. […]

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