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Unemployment claims in Iowa grow again, as businesses in 77 counties prepare to reopen and workers face important choices

The number of Iowans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits grew slightly during the most recent reporting period, according to new numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) on Thursday morning. A total of 28,827 first-time claims were filed in the week ending April 25. That’s 925 more first-time claims than were filed during the […]

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Sen. Rob Hogg leads walking tours to show impact of proposed Cargill rail yard as next rezoning vote looms

Despite the Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously backing Cargill’s plans for a rail yard at its last meeting, Rompot residents aren’t giving up. It’s likely the company will receive permission to build its rail yard, but the rezoning proposal must be voted on two more times before the change happens. The votes are scheduled for the next two […]

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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care, reduced union bargaining rights, expanded access to guns and decreased support for public education. But it was liberals Gov. Kim Reynolds called “unhinged,” at her first campaign fundraiser. Public statements by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst called in question how well-hinged Iowa’s two U.S. Senators are. Meanwhile in the Iowa State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill tried to convince the public there’s no problem with sexual harassment in the Republican caucus (a jury disagreed). The Democratic state Senate caucus, on the other hand, made news by replacing Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg as its leader, even though Hogg had held the position for less than a year. […]

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GOP state sen dumps party over Trump remarks; Judge to face Grassley; Johnson County incumbents advance

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In the Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors race, incumbents Rod Sullivan and Lisa Green-Douglas with restaurant owner and slow food advocate Kurt Michael Friese will advance to the November election. So far, no Republican has entered the race. — Former State Sec. of Agriculture and ex-Lt. Governor Patty Judge, of Albia, beat three other Democratic […]

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Patty Judge ducks some Dem senate debates

Democratic Senate Debates STAR-PAC, First Christian Church, Des Moines — Sunday, May 15 at 4-6 p.m. Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport — Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Waterloo — Sat., May 28 at 12 p.m. Iowa Public Television — Wed., June 1 at 7 p.m. For the first time […]

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