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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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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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Reynolds keeps Steve King as campaign co-chair, even as national Republicans drop him because of white nationalist statements

Kim Reynolds’ continued embrace of Steve King has become an issue in the governor’s race one week before the general election. On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Stivers the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) condemned the eight-term Iowa congressman’s “recent comments, actions, and retweets.” The Ohio Republican tweeted, “We must stand up against white […]

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Steve King’s white nationalist and anti-Semitic rhetoric are on full display as U.S. reckons with hate crimes

Steve King, the longest-serving current member of Iowa’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation, became a focus of attention for the national media and on social media following the mass murder at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. The killer, a right-wing extremist, appears to have been fueled by anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, especially ones […]

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Notes on Kim Reynolds’ nine-minute ‘rally’ at Hamburg Inn

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ first campaign rally in Iowa City was scheduled to last an hour. It didn’t. Only nine minutes ticked by between the time she stepped into Hamburg Inn No. 2 on Linn Street and when she walked out the door at 12:04 p.m. A lot of people said online they would show up to protest. They didn’t. About half a dozen dedicated people milled about in protest outside Hamburg. Inside there was one woman with a protest sign about the size of ping-pong paddle. […]

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