Tag Archives: Iowa

Minimum Fine For Man Who Burned LGBT Library Books

Iowa Public Radio reports: A northwest Iowa man who burned four LGBTQ-themed children’s library books last year was found guilty of 5th degree criminal mischief Tuesday in Sioux County District Court. Paul Dorr, 63, of Ocheyedan, who runs the Christian group “Rescue The Perishing,” was fined $65 plus a 35 percent criminal penalty surcharge and court costs during his sentencing. …

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Former Iowa Official Fired In Tupac Flap To Sue State

The Associated Press reports: The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services director will pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, alleging he was let go after objecting to a pay arrangement for the governor’s deputy chief of staff, his lawyer said Wednesday. Jerry Foxhoven, a 67-year-old legal scholar known for his frequent workplace praise of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will file …

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Iowa Hate Group Leader Endorses King’s Challenger

The Des Moines Register reports: The president of The Family Leader, a prominent conservative Iowa organization, endorsed Rep. Steve King’s primary opponent Thursday. Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO for the evangelical group, announced his support for Iowa Sen. Randy Feenstra in the 4th District Republican primary. Vander Plaats’ endorsement is personal and not on behalf of the organization. Vander …

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IOWA: Top State Official Ousted In Bizarre Tupac Flap

The Associated Press reports: The director of Iowa’s social services agency was a huge fan of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and he frequently let his subordinates know it. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven routinely sent messages to employees lauding Shakur’s music and lyrics even after at least one …

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IOWA: Gay Former State Official Wins $1.5 Million In Discrimination Lawsuit Against GOP Former Governor

The Associated Press reports: Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad [photo] and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris Godfrey not only proved the discrimination occurred, but also showed he was retaliated …

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Iowa And Nevada To Allow Caucus Voting By Phone

The Associated Press reports: Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states’ traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, according to plans unveiled by the state parties. The tele-caucus systems, the result of a mandate from the Democratic National Committee, are …

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Takes Lead In New Iowa Poll

Iowa Starting Line reports: We have a shakeup in Iowa. Elizabeth Warren leads the pack in the Iowa Caucus, according to a new poll out this morning from David Binder Research, currently earning the support of 20% of likely Democratic caucus-goers. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are both within the margin of error with Warren for first place, but they …

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Biden Slumps In Iowa Poll: +8 Over Sanders, Warren

The Hill reports: The Iowa Poll, conducted by veteran pollster Ann Selzer for the Des Moines Register and CNN, found former Vice President Joe Biden leading the Democratic field with 24 percent of the vote. The race for second place is a statistical tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 16 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), at 15 percent; and …

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Gillibrand Serves Drinks At Iowa Gay Bar [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) served drinks at a gay bar in Des Moines on Friday to kick off Pride Month celebrations in Iowa’s capital city this weekend. The 2020 hopeful was behind the bar at The Blazing Saddle, answering questions about her policies and taking drink orders. She was also spotted at popular Des …

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Nikki Haley Spurs 2024 Bid Chatter With Iowa Visit

Charleston’s Post & Courier reports: Since leaving the United Nations last year, Nikki Haley’s moves have been closely watched for signs that the former South Carolina governor will run for the White House in 2024. A new advocacy group, a new book and a series of high-profile speaking engagements were seen as steps toward a presidential bid. Now Haley is …

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Gillibrand Parties With Drag Queens At Iowa Gay Bar

The New York Daily News reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand channeled her inner diva at a Des Moines gay bar, where she posed and palled around with a drag queen. Pics of the Democratic presidential candidate posted to Twitter late Friday showed Gillibrand doing her makeup and striking poses alongside a drag queen at a bar called Blazing Saddles. Gillibrand is …

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IOWA: US House Dem Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

Politico reports: Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced today that he will retire from the House at the end of his term, potentially setting up a competitive race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in 2020. Loebsack’s district, which he will have represented for 14 years by the time he exits Congress, went for President Donald Trump by 4 percentage points in …

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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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