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With the legislative session closed, activists respond to the Iowa Legislature’s conservative turn

Gov. Terry Branstad heralded this year as “one of the most significant and productive sessions in our history.” And it certainly did produce a large volume of wide-ranging, impactful bills. But for some, those bills represented a sharp lurch to the right and an abrupt end to bipartisan Iowa politics. Among the measures that left Iowa organizations and activists gearing up for a fight are laws impacting women’s access to abortions, reducing union bargaining rights, expanding and protecting access to guns and decreased support for public education.

Some measures, including a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and restrictions on collective bargaining rights for public employees, have already been challenged in court. […]

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Branstad nominated as ambassador to China

Gov. Terry Branstad issued a statement Wednesday announcing his nomination to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China, which had been rumored following his meeting with president-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, Dec. 6. “After long discussions with my family, I am honored and humbled to be nominated to […]

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