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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 Rep. Mary Mascher, referring to the freezing weather. “We said, ‘hey, we can do it.’ […]

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Royceann Porter, the first black candidate nominated for a countywide office in Johnson County, elected to the Board of Supervisors in a landslide

Democrat Royceann Porter was elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat of the late Kurt Michael Friese. It was a landslide victory for the longtime community activist, who won 56 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Phil Hemingway, who received 43 percent. In November, […]

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Letter to the editor: Royceann Porter is the human rights leader Johnson County needs

In 2007, I had the honor of getting a human rights award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission. Also that year, Royceann Porter received one of the Commission’s Human Rights awards. It was the first time I met Royceann, and I was impressed by her enthusiasm, dedication and drive. […]

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Early voting in the Johnson County special election has begun

Early in-person voting in the Dec. 18 special election to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors began on Wednesday. Voters can cast a ballot at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office — which is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — until the office closes on Monday, Dec. 17. […]

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Board of Supervisors candidates Royceann Porter and Phil Hemingway will discuss the issues in a forum on Wednesday night

Royceann Porter and Phil Hemingway, the two candidates in the Dec. 18 special election to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, will answer questions during a forum on Wednesday night.

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Longtime community activist Royceann Porter announces a run for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Democrat Royceann Porter became the first declared candidate in the special election to fill the remainder of Kurt Friese’s term on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. If she wins, Porter would be the first black person elected to a county-wide office in Johnson County history. […]

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