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State Republicans pass bill to restrict early voting, voting by mail and voting on Election Day in Iowa

Just eight days after it was introduced in the Iowa Legislature, a bill that would make it harder to vote but easier to remove people from voting rolls, and creates new criminal liability for local election officials, received its final […]

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Republican lawmakers advance bill that cuts off state funding to any city that reduces its police budget

A bill that would halt state funding to any city or county that reduces the budget of its local law enforcement agency is making its way through the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives. SSB 1203, known in the House […]

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‘It’s voter suppression’: Iowa Republicans target voting access, citing Trumpian election conspiracy theories

At least 33 state legislatures around the country, most of them controlled by Republicans, are working on bills that restrict voting. Iowa is one of them. “These bills are an unmistakable response to the unfounded and dangerous lies about fraud […]

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Eliminating tenure, identifying Democrats, controlling spending: Republican lawmakers seek to change Iowa’s universities

An effort by Republicans in the state legislature to eliminate tenure at Iowa’s three public universities advanced this week, as the House Education Committee passed a bill to end tenure at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the […]

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Iowa House Republicans push through an amendment to add anti-abortion language to the Iowa Constitution

Shortly after 9 on Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled Iowa House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the existing protection for abortion rights in Iowa. The vote was 55-44, with three Republicans — Jane Bloomingdale of Northwood, Lee Hein […]

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Iowa House Republicans reject COVID-19 precautions; Iowa ranks last among states in reporting test results

On Tuesday, the Republican majority on the rules committee of the Iowa House of Representatives rejected proposals from Democrats that would have required face masks to be worn in the Iowa Capitol Building and made it possible for lawmakers and […]

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Wear a mask, Iowa Public Health Association asks state lawmakers

The Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) sent an open letter to the state legislature on Thursday, asking lawmakers to “accept your position of critical role models to the people of Iowa” and “lead by example and always wear a mask […]

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Iowa surpasses 200,000 COVID cases; Republican lawmakers talk about relaxing restrictions

During her news conference on Thursday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the number of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks was about to spike by 20; but as of Friday afternoon, the Iowa Department of Public […]

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Republicans push through new abortion restriction in Iowa legislature’s last session of 2020

Republicans in the Iowa legislature fast-tracked a bill imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion. The bill was passed just hours after the new waiting period was first introduced. The quick series of votes came during the […]

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Two lawmakers call for an oversight committee investigation of Test Iowa, as the Iowa legislature prepares to reconvene

When the Iowa legislature reconvenes this week, the House of Representatives’ Government Oversight Committee will have to consider a request from two lawmakers to investigate Test Iowa. The legislature suspended its 2020 session on March 16 due to the COVID-19 […]

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Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is running for the Iowa House of Representatives

Lonny Pulkrabek announced on Thursday he is running for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 73, which covers eastern Johnson County and all of Cedar County. Pulkrabek, who has been Johnson County sheriff since 2005, said in May 2019 […]

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