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Op-Ed: Showing Up for Racial Justice opposes unnecessary, discriminatory voter ID laws

A voter ID law and other election-related bills put forward by Republican lawmakers pose a major threat to Iowans’ voting rights. Voter ID requirements, restrictions on identification documents, eliminating same-day registration and curtailing early voting opportunities would make it harder for Iowans to cast their ballots. As an organization committed to equal rights and racial […]

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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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The Women’s March gathers in Des Moines this Saturday

Women’s March — Iowa Capitol Building, Des Moines — Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Moment of Silence and Walk up the Hill in Iowa City English Philosophy Building parking lot — Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 21, women will gather in Des Moines to join with others across the country […]

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School vouchers, wages, collective bargaining and other issues on the minds of Iowa legislators

As the Iowa Legislature opened for business on Monday, legislators talked about a number of issues they anticipate seeing move forward this session — for better or for worse. School Vouchers Although House Minority Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) praised Republicans’ promise to provide supplemental aid to Iowa public schools within the first 30 days of […]

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Seeing red: Republicans take control of Iowa Legislature, Democrats vow to fight

By Lauren Shotwell and Eleanore Taft With the gaveling in of the 2017 Iowa Legislature, Republicans took control of both chambers. With control of the Iowa House, Senate and the Governor’s Office, Republicans stand poised to take action. “Today is a new day, a day that we embark on a new direction in Iowa,” said […]

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Letter to the editor: Crisis Center director says upcoming state, federal legislative decisions will impact Center clients

By Becci Reedus Our politicians and policymakers will face many important decisions in the coming months. Now more than ever, those leaders need to hear from all of us about the issues impacting our community. As executive director of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, one of my jobs is to educate our policymakers and […]

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Al Gore endorses Patty Judge

In an email sent yesterday to Patty Judge supporters, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore made a formal endorsement for Judge, the democratic challenger to Chuck Grassley’s senate seat. Gore, like Judge, is an ardent environmentalist. “Patty Judge firmly believes that protecting our environment and natural resources for future generations must be a priority,” Gore […]

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Could Steve King’s ‘full-throated’ endorsement tip Iowa for Trump?

Rep. Steve King’s comment to MSNBC’s Mark Halperin on Monday that Hillary Clinton “is someone I can work with,” coupled with a reluctance on Radio Iowa to formally endorse the Republican candidate, has many Iowans wondering where their congressman stands with regards to his support for Donald J. Trump. While King — the former national […]

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State of Iowa opens door for braiders to pursue ‘dignifying profession’ without hurdles

For many black women, the sweltering summer heat means hair appointments with braiders specializing in cornrows, micro braids, faux locs, box braids and Senegalese twists — to name a few. And as of July 1 braiders in Iowa won’t have to risk jail time for cashing in on the steady customer flow without a cosmetology […]

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Obama endorses Grassley challenger Patty Judge

President Barack Obama has formally endorsed former nurse and Lt. Governor Patty Judge (D) in her campaign against incumbent U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R). Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has held his seat in Washington since 1981. In a news release issued Wednesday by the Judge campaign, Obama said, “I’m excited to support Patty […]

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Iowa lawmaker attempts to block Tubman from $20 bill

Rep. Steve King, the conservative lawmaker from Iowa’s fourth congressional district, attempted to block the redesign of the $20 bill this week, but was rebuffed. In April, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would place abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the bill and move Andrew Jackson, the country’s seventh president and a slave […]

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