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Judge strikes down Iowa’s ban on Medicaid covering gender-affirming medical procedures

In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid from covering gender-affirming procedures deemed medically necessary, finding it violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Republicans in the state legislature responded by passing a statute intended to amend the ICRA and make that sort of discrimination legal by prohibiting “any state […]

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Secretary of Iowa Senate denies making threat over report on inadequate COVID measures at State Capitol Building

Charlie Smithson, the secretary of the Iowa Senate, complained to the administrator in charge of the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Agency (IOSHA) about a “hazard alert letter” by agency inspectors criticizing how the Republican leaders who appointed Smithson failed to address COVID-19 concerns in the Iowa State Capitol Building, and suggested the letter might […]

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Iowa Senate Republicans advance bills to divert tax dollars from public to private schools, require 100% in-person instruction

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are moving quickly to approve bills that would allow tax dollars that support public schools to be diverted to private schools, and further limit the control local school boards have over the schools in their districts. Gov. Kim Reynolds listed both actions as top priorities in her Condition of State […]

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Dix move: Disgraced ex-Iowa Senate Republican leader quietly gives the GOP his six-figure reelection fund

Former Iowa Senate Republican leader Bill Dix’s reelection campaign had collected more than half a million dollars in donations when Dix resigned from the Senate and quit politics in March following Iowa Starting Line’s publication of a video of the married politician kissing a lobbyist in a Des Moines bar. On Tuesday, Ryan Foley of […]

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Comey tweets: Former FBI director James Comey makes news with a tweet from Iowa

Like the president who fired him, former FBI Director James Comey made news with a tweet this past weekend. Unlike Trump, Comey didn’t do it by attacking people or claiming credit for the work of others (the law declassifying the JFK assassination record was signed in 1992). Instead, Comey published a tweet on Sunday that finally confirmed his twitter handle is Reinhold Niebuhr (@FormerBu). It was a tweet from Iowa. […]

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