Tag Archives: Iowa

GOP Rep. Steve King To Run For Reelection In 2020

The Des Moines Register reports: A defiant Rep. Steve King confirmed Thursday that he will run for a 10th term as an Iowa congressman, despite controversies over his history of caustic remarks, including about race and immigration. The Kiron Republican has been criticized by national and state leaders of his own party, has been stripped of committee assignments in Congress …

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IOWA: “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Ban Struck Down

Reuters reports: Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled. Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. …

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Iowa Newspapers: GOP Rep. Steve King Should Resign

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy. The move by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip King of his committee assignments leaves Iowa without a seat on the vital …

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Christian Activist Faces 30 Days In Jail On Misdemeanor Charge Of Burning Iowa Library’s LGBT Children’s Books

The Sioux City Journal reports: Northwest Iowa Christian activist Paul Dorr has been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief in connection with publicly burning four LGBTQ-themed books he checked out from the Orange City Public Library. Dorr drew national attention for a half-hour long Facebook Live video on Oct. 19 that showed him tossing the books into a burning barrel. Dorr, …

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Trump Administration Forces National 4-H Group To Drop Welcome To LGBT Youth, Iowa 4-H Head Fired

The Des Moines Register reports: The Trump administration pushed the national 4-H youth organization to withdraw a controversial policy welcoming LGBT members — a move that helped lead to the ouster of Iowa’s top 4-H leader earlier this year, a Des Moines Register investigation found. The international youth organization, with more than 6 million members, introduced the new guidance to …

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IOWA: LGBT Ally Zach Wahls Elected To State Senate

The Daily Iowan reports: After Tuesday’s victory in the race for the District 37 state Senate seat, Democratic candidate Zach Wahls becomes one of the youngest faces in that body at 26. At his election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery, Wahls said he was pleased with voter turnout, particularly from young people. “We smashed voter turnout from 2014,” …

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IOWA: White Nationalist Steve King Wins Reelection

Sioux City’s ABC affiliate reports: Rep. Steve King was reelected to a ninth term in Iowa’s fourth U.S. congressional district on Tuesday, overcoming Democrat J.D. Scholten’s challenge and some criticism from within his own party. King, 69, of Kiron, was first elected to congress in 2002. He had only faced one serious challenge for his seat prior to this year, …

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Steve King Bans Home State’s Largest Newspaper From Covering Election Event For Being “Leftist Propaganda”

The Des Moines Register reports: U.S. Rep. Steve King has barred the Des Moines Register from his election night event in Sioux City. The Register made a routine request Monday for credentials to cover the northwest Iowa Republican’s event Tuesday evening. Jeff King, who is Steve King’s son and a paid staffer of his campaign, responded Tuesday morning with a …

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Steve King: Sotomayor And Kagan Will Elope To Cuba

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that he hopes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor “will elope to Cuba,” hours before he is set to appear with Iowa’s governor in an election-eve rally. At an appearance in Hampton, Iowa, King was discussing the Supreme Court and said that he was optimistic that “we’ll have …

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Author Stephen King: Vote Out GOP Rep. Steve King, I’m Tired Of Being Confused With This Racist Dumbbell

The Des Moines Register reports: Stephen King is making a personal appeal to Iowans: Vote Steve King out so people won’t confuse the two of them anymore. The best-selling author tweeted Sunday morning about his exhaustion at being confused with Iowa’s controversial 4th District Republican congressman. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll of the district shows that on a generic …

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IOWA: Hundreds Of Books Donated To Library After Christian Activist Checks Out And Burns LGBT Titles

The Des Moines Register reports: Hundreds of books have been donated to the northwest Iowa library where a man checked out — and then burned — several LGBTQ children’s books. The Orange City Public Library said Wednesday it has received more than 200 books since religious activist Paul Dorr engaged in a book burning Oct. 19. Together, several GoFundMe pages …

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IOWA: New Poll Shows Nazi Fan Steve King Only +1

Splinter reports: Iowa Representative Steve King, last seen blundering into the truth that his version of the Republican Party looks a whole lot like neo-Nazis, may also now have to worry about his chances of reelection in November. According to a new poll by Change Research, King’s challenger J.D. Scholten is only one point away from King in Iowa’s Fourth …

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IOWA: Man Burns Local Public Library’s LGBT Children’s Books Because Something Something Jesus [VIDEO]

The Des Moines Register reports: The Orange City Public Library said it’s exploring legal options after a northwest Iowa man rented and then publicly burned several children’s books Friday. The second annual OC Pride kicked off Friday with a story time for kids, a schedule shows. About an hour before the event, Paul Dorr started a live Facebook video, in …

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IOWA: Top Newspaper Blasts “Xenophobic Neo-Nazi Retweeter” Steve King, Endorses His Dem Opponent

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: In becoming the party of Trump, the Republicans have forsaken traditional conservatism and given voters no rational alternative to the Democrats. The party needs to be voted out of power and spend a few years becoming again the party of Lincoln, not the party of Trump. Nothing short of a change …

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Woman Fired For Racism Demands Unemployment Because Such Hate Speech Is Common Since Trump

The Des Moines Register reports: An Iowa woman fired for disparaging Mexicans at work cannot collect unemployment despite her testimony that other employees also made derogatory comments about “blacks and foreigners” since Donald Trump became president. Angela Diers filed for unemployment after she lost her job at Dexter Laundry, a Fairfield manufacturer of commercial washers and dryers, for telling a …

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Steve King: Migrant Teens Are “Prime Gang Material”

Mediaite reports: The most shamelessly racist Republican in Congress is back on his bullshit. Rep. Steve King of Iowa — who, just recently, retweeted a neo-Nazi and cited a white supremacist publication on his congressional website — commented on a photo of seven Hispanic boys and claimed they are “prime MS-13 gang material.” Given King’s history of promoting white supremacy, …

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GOP Rep. Steve King Retweets Prominent British Nazi

The Hill reports: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Tuesday retweeted a prominent far-right British activist who has described himself as a Nazi sympathizer. “Europe is waking up… Will America… in time?” King wrote in a quote tweet of Mark Collett, the former chairman of the Young British National Party (BNP). Collett, a well-known far-right activist, has said in the past …

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IOWA: LGBT Ally Zach Wahls Wins State Senate Primary

The Huffington Post reports: As a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student, Zach Wahls stood before the Iowa House of Representatives and gave an impassioned speech defending his two lesbian mothers. A video of the speech went viral, amassing millions of views. Seven years later, Wahls is hoping to occupy a seat in the very chamber where he made his …

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IOWA: Anti-Gay GOP Senate Majority Leader Resigns In Wake Of Clip Showing Him Kissing Lobbyist [VIDEO]

The Iowa Gazette reports: Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature, abruptly resigned his leadership and District 25 position Monday in the wake of a video posted online that appeared to show the Shell Rock Republican kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar. In a short statement, Dix announced his resignation as majority …

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Radio Announcers Fired After Citing Trump In Racist Attack On High School Basketball Players [VIDEO]

The NBC affiliate in Des Moines reports: Controversial commentary from two local radio employees at a high school basketball game in northern Iowa is going viral — and has resulted in their firing. A video clip from a boys basketball game between Forest City High School and Eagle Grove High School was posted to Facebook Sunday night. It contains racist …

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