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Johnson County and Linn County would be in the same congressional district, if new redistricting map is approved

Johnson County and Linn County would once again be in the same congressional district, if the Iowa Legislature adopts the redistricting map published by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) on Thursday. The two counites had both been part of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, before the district’s boundaries were redrawn in 2010. In the […]

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Iowa Democrats talk politics, hint at future campaigns at a party for Rep. Christina Bohannan

There was a happy, upbeat atmosphere at state Rep. Christina Bohannan’s combination 50th birthday party and campaign fundraiser at The Celebration Farm on Friday night. But that didn’t stop the evening’s honoree from acknowledging an unhappy fact at the beginning of her speech welcoming party-goers. “This has been a tough year for Iowa Democrats,” Bohannan […]

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Ban on local governments, schools and businesses asking for proof of COVID vaccination advances in the Iowa Legislature

The Iowa House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a bill intended to prohibit so-called “vaccine passports” on Monday. The bill was introduced on Friday, two weeks after Gov. Kim Reynolds called for such legislation. “I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them, which […]

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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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Iowa House Republicans push through an amendment to add anti-abortion language to the Iowa Constitution

Shortly after 9 on Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled Iowa House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the existing protection for abortion rights in Iowa. The vote was 55-44, with three Republicans — Jane Bloomingdale of Northwood, Lee Hein of Monticello and David Maxwell of Gibson — joining all the chamber’s Democrats in opposing […]

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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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Bohannan defeats a 20-year incumbent, Kunkel wins in a landslide and Greenfield carries Johnson and Linn Counties in her primary victory

Christina Bohannan, a first-time candidate for public office, defeated long-time incumbent Vicki Lensing in the Democratic primary for Iowa House District 85. Bohannan, who is the Lauridsen Family Fellow in Law and director of the Master of Studies in Law program at the University of Iowa School of Law, won with 66 percent of the […]

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