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Trump impeachment inquiry: Iowa’s Congressional delegation reacts, Steve King spins a conspiracy theory, Grassley wants to investigate Hillary Clinton

All six members of Iowa’s congressional delegation have issued statements about the House of Representatives launching an impeachment inquiry to determine if President Donald Trump should be removed from office. The three Iowa Democrats in the House all expressed cautious support for the inquiry. On the other side of the capitol, Sens. Chuck Grassley and […]

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Iowa GOP denounces House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, while Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst remain quiet

On Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal inquiry into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. “The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said […]

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Report: Gov. Reynolds has repeatedly stopped Iowa AG Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Trump administration

Since May, Gov. Kim Reynolds has prevented Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from submitting friend-of-the-court briefs in 10 federal lawsuits brought by other states against the Trump administration. The cases involve environmental regulations, gun control, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and the treatment of asylum seekers. […]

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California announces ban on travel to Iowa, because of Iowa’s new ban on Medicaid paying for gender confirmation procedures

California will impose a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Iowa starting on Oct. 4, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Friday. The travel ban is a response to a bill Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law in May, which prohibits the use of Medicaid funds for gender reassignment surgery that doctors […]

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joins antitrust investigations of Google and Facebook

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced this week that he’s one of eight state attorneys general leading an investigation in Google’s business practices. The probe is aimed at determining whether the company is violating antitrust laws. […]

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Jerry Foxhoven files a $2 million wrongful termination complaint against the Reynolds administration

Jerry Foxhoven filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Board of Appeals on Thursday. The former director of the Department Human Services is alleging he was wrongfully terminated and is seeking $2 million in damages from the state. […]

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‘We’re all in to defeat Steve King’: J.D. Scholten announces he’s running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th District

J.D. Scholten, who narrowly lost to Rep Steve King in the 2018 general election, announced on Monday morning he is running again in Iowa 4th Congressional District. “It’s official — we’re all in to defeat Steve King,” Scholten posted on Facebook. Scholten made his announcement with a video that has great production values — including narration by Kevin Costner — but no mention of political issues. […]

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Jerry Foxhoven says governor’s office is lying about why he was forced to resign, and he’ll sue for wrongful termination

Jerry Foxhoven said he was “absolutely shocked” when he was forced to resign as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in June. “I was completely caught unawares, to be honest with you,” Foxhoven said, during a press conference in West Des Moines on Thursday morning. “I had never been given any impression by the governor, […]

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Gov. Reynolds still refuses to explain why she forced Jerry Foxhoven to resign

Gov. Kim Reynolds is still refusing to explain why she forced Jerry Foxhoven to resign as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) on June 17. “I want to be clear,” Reynolds said during her Tuesday morning press conference. “He never raised any concerns to me or my office about anything.”

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Jerry Foxhoven says he was forced to resign because he wouldn’t approve using DHS funds to pay a Reynolds staffer

Former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven believes his objection to using DHS funds to pay the salary of a member of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ staff is what led to his forced resignation, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. […]

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Gov. Reynolds says the public doesn’t have a right to know why she forced DHS director to resign

Former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven said last week he was forced resign after he refused a request from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ staff “to do something I thought was illegal.” Foxhoven has not explained what that request was, and in an interview aired on Monday, Reynolds told KCRG she doesn’t think the public has the right to know why she forced Foxhoven out. […]

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Jury finds Gov. Terry Branstad violated the state’s LGBTQ discrimination laws, awards former employee $1.5 million

Gov. Terry Branstad illegally discriminated against the former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey when he slashed Godfrey’s salary in 2011 in an attempt to force Godfrey to resign, a Polk County jury decided on Monday. The jury agreed with Godfrey that Branstad had singled him out because Godfrey is gay, and awarded him $1.5 million in damages.

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