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Gov. Reynolds boasts about returning $95 million in federal COVID-19 aid, rejecting migrant children during Fox News forum

Gov. Kim Reynolds boasted to an audience of Fox News fans in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night that she had rejected $95 million in pandemic relief funds from the CDC. The Iowa Department of Public Health informed the CDC of […]

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Republican-backed bill allowing charter schools to avoid local oversight goes to the governor’s desk

A bill preempting the authority of local school boards over publicly funded charter schools is going to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk for her signature. Reynolds named this sort of expansion of charter schools in Iowa as one of her top […]

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Gov. Reynolds signs bills eliminating gun permits, giving new legal protection to gun manufacturers and sellers

On Friday afternoon, as the Easter holiday weekend was beginning, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office sent out a news release stating that the governor had signed into a law a bill eliminating the requirement for a person to be licensed to […]

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Iowa Senate Republicans push through bills eliminating gun permits and giving gunmakers new legal protections

The Iowa Senate passed two bills concerning gun sales on Monday. The first removes the requirement for a person to be licensed to buy or carry a gun, and the second provides broad immunity against lawsuits to gun manufacturers and […]

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The Iowa Legislature reconvenes, will consider protecting businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Iowa Legislature reconvened for the first time since March 16, when it went into emergency recess in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the state. And issues related to the virus will loom large in the coming weeks. […]

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Sen. Zach Wahls has signed up as a poll worker in Johnson County, and encourages other young people to do the same

Election officials in eastern Iowa and beyond have one resounding message for primary voters: fill out your ballot from home. With social distancing in effect — and the Wisconsin primary on April 7, in which thousands of voters found themselves in long, slow lines in and outside polling places, serving as a cautionary tale — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has expanded the mail-in voting period […]

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Hubbell, Wahls and Dejear win, and other notable results from the 2018 primary election

Fred Hubbell won the Democratic nomination for governor with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. For months it was widely speculated that none of the six Democratic candidates for governor would receive 35 percent of the vote, which would […]

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Letter to the editor: Zach Wahls will lead Iowa out of ‘dark times’

Our family has worked closely with Zach and his family over the last several months. One of the greatest joys of this campaign has been getting to know Zach, the women who raised him and his sister. It’s easy to see where Zach gets his compassion, his work ethic and his strong moral compass. Zach is remarkable because he was raised by remarkable women. […]

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Letter to the editor: Zach Wahls just knocked on my door

A very personable, articulate and intelligent young man just knocked on my door. Zach Wahls is closing in on his 2,000th door! The admirable man he has become was evident as an eighth grader in my English class. He impressed me tremendously even then. After researching the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, he was incredulous that there was no monument to her in Washington. He said one day he would change that. I have no doubt he will. […]

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Letter to the editor: Always earnest, Zach Wahls works hard for Iowa

Today it may be easy to meet Zach Wahls and think, “Here is another tall, well-spoken, male politician.” But when I met Zach at Weber Elementary, he was the scrawny kid who was much too earnest to be cool. While some aim to appear effortless, Zach is always trying hard — and as a friend, it can be maddening to keep up. […]

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