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Iowa legislature passes new ‘ag gag’ law

Two months after a federal judge struck down Iowa’s “ag gag” law as unconstitutional, the Iowa legislature passed a new, similar law on Tuesday. The Agricultural Facility Trespass Act makes it a crime for a person to use “deception” to gain access to an agriculture production facility, or apply for a job at one, “with […]

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The man charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts has requested a change of venue for trial

Attorneys for the man accused of murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts filed a change of venue motion with the Poweshiek County Court handling the case on Friday. Emotions regarding the murder of the 20-year-old Tibbetts “do not appear to have cooled,” making it impossible for Cristhian Bahena Rivera to receive a fair trial […]

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State bypassed standard procedures to settle sexual harassment case just days before last November’s election

Shortly before last November’s election, state government officials bypassed normal procedures and quickly agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement of sexual harassment claims against a longtime friend and political ally of Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Associated Press’ Ryan J. Foley reported on Thursday. Foley obtained correspondence between Iowa Solicitor General Jeff Thompson and Paige Fielder, […]

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Poll: Iowans evenly split on marijuana legalization

Iowans are evenly split on legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a new poll published by the Des Moines Register. The Iowa Poll found 48 percent of respondents favored legalization, 48 percent opposed it and 4 percent were unsure. This is a significant change from the results of the last Iowa Poll on the topic. In […]

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New poll finds record high approval ratings for Gov. Reynolds and Sen. Ernst

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sen. Joni Ernst both have record high job approval ratings, according to a new Iowa poll published by the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Fifty-nine percent of poll respondents approved of the job Reynolds is doing, while 57 percent approved of what Ernst has done in office. The poll also found […]

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Iowa won’t appeal court decision that struck down the ‘fetal heartbeat bill’ as unconstitutional

The state of Iowa will not appeal a Polk County District judge’s decision ruling that the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat law” violates the Iowa Constitution, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday. “This was an extremely difficult decision, however it is the right one for the pro-life movement and the state of Iowa,” Reynolds said in […]

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Judge strikes down Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ law

A district court judge in Polk County struck down Iowa’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” law on Tuesday. Judge Michael Huppert ruled the law, which banned almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected at six weeks, violates the state’s constitution. “We are grateful the Court blocked Gov. Reynolds’ egregious attempt to ban safe, legal […]

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Gov. Reynolds proposes constitutional amendment to eliminate voting restrictions for ex-convicts

Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her Condition of the State address on Tuesday that she’s ready to take action to advance her priorities. Reynolds told the assembled legislators, “the future I see isn’t around the corner, or after the next election. The future is now.” Except, it seems, for the one policy area where Reynolds […]

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Steve King regrets the ‘heartburn’ caused by his white nationalist statements, but doesn’t regret making white nationalist statements

Iowa’s most famous congressman, Steve King, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday to assure the nation that, despite his long history of white nationalist statements, his loudly professed belief in white nationalist conspiracy theories and his endorsement of white nationalist political candidates, he is not a white nationalist. “But […]

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‘Birds of a feather’: Steve King embraces Kim Reynolds, as the governor finally tries to separate herself from King

A week after the general election, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a tentative step towards distancing herself from Rep. Steve King. “I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th district or do something else.” Reynolds said at a press conference in […]

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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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Grassley gives Steve King a fresh endorsement, as King concludes his campaign with homophobic remarks

Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a new statement endorsing fellow Republican Steve King, following a week when King’s white nationalist ties and rhetoric finally caused the National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC) to denounce the eight-term Iowa congressman and drop its support for his reelection bid. Grassley never mentions the actions and statements that led the NRCC […]

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