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‘Peak pig’ in Iowa leads to a ‘staggering’ amount of shit in the state

It’s probably not an accomplishment state officials will want to boast about, but Iowa out-performs the rest of the country when it comes to producing shit. That is, literal fecal waste. Chris Jones, a research engineer and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Iowa, IIHR, has done the math: Iowa, with a population of 3.2 million, produces more than twice the amount of fecal waste per square mile than California, which has almost 40 million people. […]

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Federal appeals court rules saying ‘fuck you’ to the police is free speech

Yelling “fuck you” at a police officer is an act of free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. “As protected speech, it should be free from retaliatory government actions,” the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals declared in a case from Arkansas. […]

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Democrat Theresa Greenfield announces a run for Ernst’s U.S. Senate seat

Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield announcing on Monday that she is joining the race for win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in 2020. Greenfield stressed her “farm kid values” in the video, which features high production values—including dramatic reenactments from her life as a farm kid in rural Minnesota—and is, so far, the only 2020 campaign video to use the word “castrate.” […]

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Transgender Iowans sue over state’s latest attempt to restrict Medicaid funding

On Friday, the ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit in state district court on behalf of two transgender Iowans and the LGBTQ rights group One Iowa, that seeks to overturn the state’s ban on the use of Medicaid funds to pay for sex reassignment procedures deemed medically necessary by doctors. […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa legislature should override veto of CBD bill

We all make mistakes. Gov. Reynolds made a mistake when she vetoed legislation that would make essential improvements to Iowa’s medical cannabis program. She got bad advice and didn’t listen to the Iowans most directly involved. These are our friends and neighbors who suffer every day with such debilitating, life-threatening conditions […]

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Ernst and Grassley claim Trump is cleared after Mueller’s comments

Iowa’s U.S. senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both issued written statements on Wednesday following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference. In his brief public remarks, Mueller stressed that his investigation found “Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.” […]

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Judge issues injunction blocking the state’s latest restriction on Planned Parenthood

A state district court judge issued a temporary injunction on Wednesday, blocking new regulations designed to prevent Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH) from receiving government grants to provide sex education programs. PPH currently uses that grant money to provide sex education programs in 31 schools and 12 community-based, youth-service organizations across Iowa. PPH has […]

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Sen. Grassley applies for federal farm bailout money for the second time in six months

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants a share of the $16 billion in federal aid to farms and other agricultural-based businesses the Trump administration announced last week, the Des Moines Register reported on Friday. The aid package includes $14.5 billion in direct payments to farmers, and Grassley, who co-owns a farm in Butler County with his son […]

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Gov. Reynolds vetoes bill to expand medical CBD program

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have allowed people diagnosed with “severe or chronic pain” to participate in the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol (mCBD) Program and would have raised the cap on the active ingredient in the cannabidiol currently available to patients in the program. […]

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Iowa man arrested for rude Facebook post files federal lawsuit

On Tuesday, the ACLU of Iowa filed a federal lawsuit against Adams County in southwest Iowa, claiming its sheriff’s office violated the free speech rights of Jon Goldsmith. Goldsmith was arrested for calling a deputy sheriff a “fucking pile of shit” and “STUPID sum bitch” in a July 2018 Facebook post. […]

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Eddie Mauro becomes the second Iowa Democrat to announce a 2020 Senate run

Democrat Eddie Mauro announced on Monday he is running for the U.S. Senate. The Des Moines businessman has long been active in progressive politics, and in 2018 he made an unsuccessfully bid for the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. […]

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ACLU sues to overturn new Iowa ban on funding for Planned Parenthood sex education programs

The ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit in state court on Wednesday seeking to overturn sections of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) budget bill that were designed to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving government grants to provide sex education programs. […]

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