Tag Archives: Iowa

Anti-Mask Parents Plot To Defund Iowa School District

The Des Moines Register reports: Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake for a suburban Des Moines school district Friday if incensed parents follow through with a plan to artificially lower the district’s enrollment numbers. Ankeny Community School District families angry over a new mask mandate are threatening to unenroll their children from school ahead of the state’s Oct. …

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, 88, To Seek 8th Term In 2022

Fox News reports: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley announced in the wee hours of Friday that he intends to seek an eighth term in 2022. The 88-year-old Iowa Republican, who has been in the Senate since 1981, posted his plans on Twitter shortly after 4 a.m. CT, along with a video of him going out for his daily jog. Grassley had …

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IL Teacher Accused Of Telling Students That Gayness Is Caused By Being Unwanted In The Womb [VIDEO]

Peoria’s CBS News affiliate reports: A current part-time Morton High School teacher is facing accusations of homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and racial insensitivity. Student testimonies show these claims go as far back as 2009. The district’s superintendent Dr. Jeff Hill twice confirmed in e-mails that there is an ongoing investigation into these allegations against French teacher Kim Johnson. “I remember comments …

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Woman Gets 25 Years In Hate Crime Murder Attempt, Targeted Two Children With Her SUV Over Their Race

The Associated Press reports: A white Iowa woman who said she drove her SUV into two children in 2019 to try to kill them because of their race was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison on federal hate crimes charges. Nicole Poole Franklin had already been sentenced to up to 25 years, including a mandatory minimum of 17 1/2, …

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Cultist Gets 10 Years In Shooting At Iowa Trump Rally

The Associated Press reports: A man was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison for shooting into a car full of Black teenage girls after an Iowa rally for then-President Donald Trump, injuring one girl. Michael McKinney, 26, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty in June to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury in the Dec. 6 …

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GOP Iowa Gov Blames Migrants For COVID Surge

The Des Moines Register reports: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that “part of the problem” with rising COVID-19 cases in the United States is unvaccinated immigrants entering the country via the southern border. “Part of the problem is the southern border is open and we’ve got 88 countries that are coming across the border and they don’t have vaccines so …

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Dem Ex-Rep Launches Bid For Grassley’s Senate Seat

Axios reports: Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) announced Thursday that she’ll run in 2022 for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, a seat currently held by seven-term incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R). Finkenauer is the first major Democrat to announce a Senate run in Iowa, which is expected to be a critical swing state next fall as the party looks to …

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Iowa Supreme Court Overturns $1.5M Judgment Won In Anti-Gay Bias Suit Against Republican Former Governor

ABC News reports: Overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Gov. Terry Branstad [photo] did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official. The court found no evidence that Branstad had knowledge that then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey was gay when his administration tried to push Godfrey out of …

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Iowa Poll: 64% Want Sen. Chuck Grassley To Retire

The Des Moines Register reports: Fewer than a third of Iowa’s likely voters say they would vote to reelect Republican Chuck Grassley if the U.S. Senate elections were held today, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. Grassley has not yet said whether he will seek an eighth term in 2022. But the new Iowa Poll appears to show …

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Iowa Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Face Mask Assault

The Des Moines Register reports: A man convicted of following a man to a car and assaulting him after being told to raise the mask on his face in November was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. Shane Wayne Michael, 42, of the Saylor Township was arrested and charged after the Nov. 11 assault at the Vision 4 Less …

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Iowa Bans Schools And Cities From Mandating Masks

The Des Moines Register reports: Leaders of Iowa school districts cannot require students or staff to wear masks and Iowa cities and counties cannot impose mask mandates under a law Gov. Kim Reynolds signed early Thursday. The law, which goes into effect immediately, passed the House by a 53-35 vote and passed the Senate by a 29-17 vote in the …

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New IA Law Lets Landlords Refuse Section 8 Vouchers

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law ensuring landlords can turn away renters who receive assistance through the federal housing choice voucher program. The new law will remove cities’ and counties’ ability to prevent landlords from taking such action. Reynolds’ signature, which her office announced Friday without comment, comes after new U.S. Secretary of …

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Grassley: Iowa Doesn’t Have To “Babysit” Migrant Kids

The Des Moines Register reports: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he supports Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision not to accept into the state migrant children who are in federal custody, adding that Iowa does not have the resources for “baby-sitting.” “Iowa has a long history of accepting refugees from Gov. Ray’s time in office, and I’m sure that we’re going …

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Iowa Gov Rejects Migrant Kids: That’s Biden’s Problem

Des Moines’s CBS News affiliate: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday during a radio interview that she declined a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to take in immigrant children being held at the U.S. border with Mexico. The governor talked about the request during an interview with Jeff Angelo on WHO Radio. “We will not do that,” …

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IA Gov Signs Bill For Permitless Open Carry, Gun Buys

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law allowing people to buy and carry handguns in Iowa without a permit, fulfilling a longtime goal of gun rights advocates. The law, which some advocates call “constitutional carry,” will take effect July 1. Democrats and gun violence prevention groups say the law will roll back background checks …

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Mike Pompeo Unofficially Launches 2024 Bid In Iowa

The New York Times reports: If there was ever any doubt of Mike Pompeo’s political ambitions, the former secretary of state put them to rest on Friday by becoming the first big-name Republican to meet with voters in Iowa this year and lay the groundwork for a possible presidential campaign. Speaking near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa, Mr. Pompeo largely …

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GOP Iowa Gov Signs Voter Suppression Bills Into Law

The Des Moines Register reports: Four months after Iowans voted in record numbers, Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state’s early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day. The Iowa Legislature approved the measure and sent it to Reynolds’ desk late last month. Every Republican present for debate in the House and Senate …

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Another Mother/Son Pair Arrested Over Capitol Riot

NBC News reports: An Iowa mother and her son were arrested Friday in connection with the riot Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, the FBI said. Deborah Sandoval, of Des Moines, and Salvador Sandoval Jr., of nearby Ankeny, were arrested on federal warrants, the FBI said in a statement. The pair appear to be at least …

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Anti-LGBT Trumper To Run For Grassley’s Senate Seat

The Des Moines Register reports: Republican state Sen. Jim Carlin launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate Monday, jumping into what will be a marquee race in 2022 even as others wait to see whether sitting U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley retires. “I appreciate (Grassley’s) service, as anybody does,” Carlin told the Des Moines Register. “But I didn’t get in the …

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GOP Iowa Gov Drops Almost All COVID Restrictions

Des Moines’ CBS News affiliate reports: Gov. Kim Reynolds has eliminated most of her COVID-19 restrictions in the latest health proclamation. The proclamation removes indoor mask requirements in public spaces, gathering limits and restrictions on businesses starting 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. This comes the same week Iowa was ranked No. 47 in the country for its vaccine distribution, according …

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