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Protesters rally in Cedar Rapids during Mike Pence visit

“Peace not Pence,” was chanted by protesters across the street from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. NextGen Iowa and Indivisible Iowa organized a rally to protest Vice President Mike Pence, Congressman Rod Blum and Gov. Kim Reynolds, who were at the company to speak about tax reform, among other issues. “Rod Blum is […]

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Steve who? Gov. Reynolds tries to distance herself from Steve King

In response to questions about Rep. Steve King’s latest anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments, Gov. Kim Reynolds tried to downplay her connection to the western Iowa congressman on Friday. “He is one of over 4,000 honorary chairs in my campaign,” Reynolds said during her appearance on Iowa Press, an Iowa Public Television public affairs show. Even […]

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Gov. Reynolds says Iowans ‘should probably’ get to vote on same-sex marriage, but her office says she doesn’t mean it

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said “from the very beginning” her position on same-sex marriage has been “it probably should go to a vote of the people and they should weigh in.” Later that afternoon, the governor’s spokesperson said the governor doesn’t believe what she said she believes, and that Reynolds accepts the legality of […]

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Ex-Iowa Finance Authority fired for sexual harassment shouldn’t be getting unemployment, judge rules

Former Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Director Dave Jamison isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits an administrative law judge ruled on Thursday. Jamison was fired in March after IFA employees filed complaints against him alleging years of sexual harassment. The former director had originally been granted unemployment benefits and was paid $3,185 between April and June. Jamison […]

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Hubbell, Wahls and Dejear win, and other notable results from the 2018 primary election

Fred Hubbell won the Democratic nomination for governor with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. For months it was widely speculated that none of the six Democratic candidates for governor would receive 35 percent of the vote, which would leave the selection of the nominee to the Democratic Party convention. Even though the primary […]

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ACLU of Iowa, Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic sue to overturn Iowa’s new abortion law

Update: On June 1, Polk County District Court Judge Michael Huppert issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the new abortion law at the conclusion of the first hearing on the lawsuit. Attorneys representing the state did not object to the injunction. A court challenge to Iowa’s new law banning most abortions after a fetal […]

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Months after pushing for massive tax subsidies for Apple, a top Reynolds aide gets a job at Apple

It’s probably one job Gov. Kim Reynolds won’t brag about creating while on the campaign trail. Tim Albrecht, who served as Reynolds’ deputy chief of staff, left the governor’s office in March to take a new job as a regional manager of strategic initiatives for Apple, Ryan Foley of the Associated Press reported on Thursday. […]

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Protesters gathered on the Pentacrest to rally against Iowa’s new abortion law

Adelaide Zwick summed up the feelings of many in the crowd gathered on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest Saturday afternoon to protest the new abortion restrictions signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds: “This is a wake up call.” Zwick, the president and founder of Student Advocates for Planned Parenthood, was one of the featured […]

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‘She knows it’s unconstitutional’: Gov. Reynolds signs the nation’s most severe abortion restrictions into law

Surrounding herself with small children to create an attractive photo-op, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 359 on Friday afternoon, imposing on Iowa the most severe abortion restrictions in the nation. The new law bans almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even suspect they are pregnant. “This is about life and I believe life is life, whether it’s inside the womb or outside the womb,” Reynolds said at the signing ceremony. […]

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Nepotism and Iowa politicians back in the news, after Gov. Reynolds gives her father a job

When most adults give an elderly parent a job, it’s usually as a babysitter. Not Gov. Kim Reynolds. This week it was revealed that Reynolds has appointed her 78-year-old father to a state panel that will vet judicial candidates in District 5A to replace retiring Judge Paul Huscher of Waukee. Charles Strawn will serve on […]

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‘My God, doesn’t it feel good when Republicans vote like Republicans?’: Iowa legislature passes extreme anti-abortion bill

The Republican-controlled Iowa House and Senate passed a bill containing the most aggressive restriction on abortion in the nation during sessions that started Tuesday night and lasted into the early hours of Wednesday. SF 359 would ban almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically happens less than two months into […]

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‘We need to decide what we want to be’: Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally in Des Moines Tuesday will focus on immigration

Immigration rights activists and people wanting to show support for Iowa’s immigrant community will gather at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday for the Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally. This is the second year for the May 1 rally at the capitol, but the issues remain the same. “At the national […]

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