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Royceann Porter appointed chair of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Royceann Porter was appointed chairperson of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for 2022 in a vote that took less than a minute at the board’s organizational meeting Monday. But the unanimous selection of Porter by her fellow supervisors […]

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Shawn Harmsen launches his campaign for the District B seat on the Iowa City Council

“This is our neighborhood park,” Shawn Harmsen told the crowd gathered in Mercer Park Wednesday. He and his family had celebrated birthdays in the park, he’d coached Little League baseball there, and now Harmsen was at Mercer to kickoff his […]

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Johnson County Board of Supervisors approves a mask mandate

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its meeting on Thursday to approve a Board of Health ordinance requiring the use of face coverings in public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With certain limited exceptions, […]

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Watch: Mayor Bruce Teague and Supervisor Royceann Porter discuss Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter and the Black Voices Project

During the Thursday edition of Iowa City’s online program Community Connection, Mayor Bruce Teague and Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter discussed Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration on the Pentacrest, as well as the recent protests in the city and the country. Although […]

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Protest organizers in Iowa City name themselves the Iowa Freedom Riders, present a list of 13 demands

Over the last week, the protests against racism and police violence in Iowa City that start at the Pentacrest and move through town have attracted the most public attention, and with good reason. Those marches have led to stand-offs with […]

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‘When is enough enough?’ Hundreds gather in Iowa City to remember George Floyd and other victims of racism and police violence

It was obvious before you reached the Pentacrest on Saturday that the protest rally scheduled for noon was going to be different. Clinton Street was blocked off from Washington to Jefferson, and a traffic barrier at Dubuque Street kept cars […]

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League of Women Voters will hold a virtual forum for Johnson County Board of Supervisors candidates on Monday night

On Monday night, the Johnson County League of Women Voters is holding the first of three virtual forums for county candidates who will be on the ballot in the June 2 primary. This first forum will feature candidates for the […]

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Royceann Porter’s journey, from overcoming ‘culture shock’ in rural Iowa to making Johnson County history

Four days before the Iowa Caucus, Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter got a phone call from Pete Buttigieg. “This was the first time I’d heard from him in the whole 14 months of the campaign,” Porter said. “He said, ‘Do you think I could persuade you to come over to my team?’” […]

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Sen. Cory Booker visits the Center for Workers Justice, joined by Rosario Dawson, local leaders

Sen. Cory Booker repeatedly talked about love and its political importance during a campaign stop at the Center for Workers Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) on Saturday morning. “Love is not sentimentality, it’s not kumbaya,” Booker explained. “Love says that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Love says that we welcome the stranger.” […]

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Kamala Harris in Iowa City: ‘Our fight is born out of what we know can be, unburdened by what has been’

What wasn’t said at Sen. Kamala Harris’ town hall-style campaign event at the Iowa Memorial Union on Wednesday night was almost as interesting as what the 2020 presidential candidate did say. She never mentioned Donald Trump’s name or used the word “Republican.” But the California Democrat wasn’t ignoring the impact of Trump’s actions or Republican policies. […]

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‘We’re on the road to better days’: Iowa City’s third Women’s March celebrated progress and the power of love

Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the almost 200 people gathered on the Ped Mall Saturday morning for Iowa City’s 2019 Women’s March. “In Des Moines, they decided to move this inside the Capitol,” said state […]

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