Foreign lobbying will be off-limits for Iowa officials, employees

Continuing a series on Iowa legislative happenings that attracted little notice while the House and Senate were in session. State…

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Iowa legislative recap: Constitutional amendments

Iowa lawmakers went home for the year on May 5. In the coming weeks, Bleeding Heartland will catch up on…

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What happened on education during the Iowa legislature’s final week

Randy Richardson has the rundown on how the Iowa legislature’s final actions of 2018 will affect public school districts and…

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New family planning program fails Iowans. Republicans don’t want to know

Republican lawmakers made big promises last year that Iowans would have “more access” to family planning services under a new…

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Iowa Republican admits using justice budget to punish Democratic AG (audio)

The top Republican appropriator for the justice system wanted to get some things off his chest last night. So State…

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Six reasons Kim Reynolds should veto bad energy bill

Governor Kim Reynolds has an important decision to make in the next 48 hours: sign or veto Senate File 2311,…

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Cowards, cynics helped believers pass Iowa’s six-week abortion ban

A coalition of true believers, cowards, and cynical manipulators worked together in the Iowa House and Senate last night to…

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Iowa House passes energy giveaway bill like sneak-thieves in the night

Last night’s highly irregular Iowa House proceedings inspired Matt Chapman’s latest commentary. The chamber’s rules do not normally permit debate…

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A close look at a proposed Iowa constitutional amendment

Marty Ryan is a nearly retired lobbyist after 27 Iowa legislative sessions. -promoted by desmoinesdem Lawmakers have introduced a glut…

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Marsy’s Law would provide better protections for victims

Tiffany Allison is president and founder of the Soaring Hearts Foundation, -promoted by desmoinesdem Last week was National Crime Victims’…

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