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Branstad signs sweeping gun legislation, detractors and proponents react

Governor Terry Branstad signed the most sweeping change in gun legislation in Iowa history, House File 517, into law yesterday. All the Johnson and Linn County Republican legislators voted for the bill, and all the Democrats voted against, with the exception of Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D-Cedar Rapids), who was absent. It passed the Senate on April […]

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State Sen. Rob Hogg calls for Congressman Steve King’s resignation over controversial statements

Iowa State Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) called for the resignation of Iowa Congressman Steve King Monday, March 13. King has been under fire for a Sunday, March 12 tweet in support of far-right Dutch candidate Geert Wilders that critics say was racist. […]

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Iowa’s water quality problems aren’t new, and they’re not going away anytime soon

Iowa may be the home of “fields of opportunity,” but those fields are often draining directly into an extensive system of underground tiles and then into streams and rivers, creating a costly problem for drinking water treatment plants and for others interested in maintaining clean waterways. Although Iowa politicians, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, have pointed to Iowa’s water quality as a key issue, critics say progress is too slow and current efforts don’t go far enough. […]

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House, Senate send collective bargaining bill to Gov. Branstad’s desk

Both the Iowa House and Senate passed an overhaul of Iowa’s collective bargaining measures on Thursday, sending the controversial bill on to Gov. Terry Branstad to be signed into law. The votes followed measures in both chambers to set a deadline on debate — the House cut off debate at noon and the Senate, after […]

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COGS, public workers reach out to community in benefits battle

The University of Iowa graduate student union is asking the public to speak out at Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, sending out the message that “our cause is everyone’s cause.” “All workers are in it together, and all workers need to lift each other up,” said Landon Elkind, president of the Campaign to Organize […]

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Graduate student union joins collective bargaining fight with Des Moines rally tomorrow

Some University of Iowa graduate students are joining union leaders for a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow as part of a multi-pronged effort to stand up for preserving their current health care benefits, as well as scholarships for tuition and fees. The Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) is organizing a rally that departs […]

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Iowans urged to join Dakota Access Pipeline petition drive

BOLD Iowa, an Iowa group supporting renewable energy options, is pushing to make sure Iowa is included in a federal review of how the Dakota Access Pipeline will affect the environment. The group is asking people across the state to sign its petition in time for a Feb. 20 deadline set by the U.S. Army […]

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Nearly 200 protested at Eastern Iowa Airport in solidarity with immigrants and refugees

Nearly 200 protesters gathered at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on Sunday in the wake of an executive order issued Friday by President Donald Trump barring citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order also denied entry to all refugees for 120 days, except those […]

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Opinion: Reach out to Iowa legislators in support of the Iowa Cultural Trust

Today, perhaps as early as 1 p.m., the Iowa House will be considering HF 118, a financing bill that proposes cutting funding to many arts initiatives in this state, including the Iowa Cultural Trust. The threat to the Iowa Cultural Trust is something that affects all Iowans who have an interest in the culture of […]

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Iowa Voices: Iowans had different reasons for attending the D.C. Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington took place Jan. 21, drawing nearly half a million people to the national capital, including a number of Iowans — some currently living in the Hawkeye State, and some who have moved but still claim their Iowa roots. Little Village asked Iowa marchers to share their thoughts. This is what they […]

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