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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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‘Enough’: Moms Demand Action hold a rally to demand Grassley and Ernst take action on gun violence

The Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally on Sunday started with statistics — “Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed,” Holly Sanger of the Iowa City/Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action told the crowd gathered on the Pentacrest at the beginning of the rally — but concluded with one word: “enough.” […]

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Dance for Our Lives, mixing music and politics to fight gun violence

In the past year, the young activists of March for Our Lives Iowa have staged a die-in, taken part in marches, lobbied lawmakers and stayed active on social media in an attempt on keep people’s attention focus on gun violence and the need for political action to address the problem. On Saturday, they are trying something new: a dance. […]

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A year after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Iowa City students are still marching for gun control

The marchers who braved the cold weather and biting wind early Saturday afternoon for the March for Gun Safety were almost all members of Students Against School Shootings (SASS), the group that organized it. It was a noticeable change from last year’s march. In March 2017, despite sub-freezing temperatures and several inches of freshly fallen […]

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Joni Ernst solicited donations off her support for an NRA bill less than 72 hours after Parkland anniversary, Aurora shooting

Three days after the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 and wounded 14, and two days after a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, that killed five and wounded five police officers, Sen. Joni Ernst launched a fundraising effort based on her support for a top NRA legislative priority. On […]

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‘This fight isn’t over’: Iowa City’s student-led gun reform movement, one year after Parkland

Before news of the shooting in Parkland, Florida started to spread through City High on Feb. 14, 2018, I was mostly worried about the flower I was giving to my newly minted boyfriend, Theo, for Valentine’s Day. That’s what my teenage life feels like: Every little thing is the decision of a lifetime, until something […]

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Months after March For Our Lives, local students continue gun control fight

Although school is out for the summer, Students Against School Shootings Iowa (SASS) isn’t taking a break. The Iowa City-based organization was founded in February after 17 people died in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. When a group of City High School students heard that students at South East […]

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Iowa City Wear Orange: Remembering those lost to gun violence and resolving to fight for a solution

Despite weather forecasts calling for thunderstorms and the occasional drizzle of rain, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at College Green Park on Saturday morning for the Iowa City Wear Orange Celebration organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. By the end of the event, when the organizers led a one-block march from the […]

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Moms Demand Action want Iowa City to ‘go orange’ on June 2-3, and fight for better gun laws

Orange is a color associated with safety, and during the first weekend in June, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America want people to wear the color in memory of victims of gun violence and as an expression of determination to work for more effective gun regulations. This is the third year for the […]

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Video: Students Against School Shooting host candlelight vigil at City High

On Monday night, Students Against School Shootings Iowa (SASS) held a candlelight vigil at Iowa City High School. The vigil had been quickly organized on Friday morning following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that killed 10 people and wounded a further 13. […]

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Iowa City students will hold a candlelight vigil in response to the school shooting in Texas

There will be a candlelight vigil at Iowa City High School on Monday evening to express solidarty with the students at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. On Friday morning, there was a mass shooting at Santa Fe, in which 10 people were killed and another 10 were wounded. […]

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‘I am not separating myself from the NRA’: Sen. Joni Ernst responds to questions about March for Our Lives

Sen. Joni Ernst reaffirmed her support for the NRA on a CBS news program on Sunday, while claiming she is not beholden to the NRA for the almost record-setting amount of money it has spent supporting her since 2014. […]

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