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Iowa Students Lead In Nationwide Fight For Tuition Free College

AMES — ​Iowa Student Action​ and our allies will send a message on Monday October 15th at Iowa State University that education is a human right, not just a luxury​ ​for the rich and powerful. Over 75 students will gather to participate in a direct action on Iowa State, disrupting business as usual. 13 Students will risk arrest. Students will

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LTE: Iowa 4-H Director Fired After Gay, Transgender Inclusion Policy Inflames Conservative Groups

USA Today Article Link https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/03/lgbtq-policy-iowa-4-h-alarms-conservatives-director-fired/900070002/ As reported in the USA Today, the Des Moines Register and several other news outlets — John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas the nationally recognized Iowa 4-H Director and the first Latinx to serve in that post (In any state) in over 120 years was fired last week. His offense was working to include youth of color, immigrants and LGBTQ

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I’m a Small Farmer from Iowa. Why Does Trump Want to Take My Health Care?

By Chris Petersen: For my family, “pre-existing conditions” are more than a technicality. They’re a matter of life or death, of sickness or health. My wife and I are Iowa family farmers. I have diabetes, and Kristi has a heart murmur. Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions, there’d be nothing standing between

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CYDI Executive Board Calls on Campaigns to Unionize

The College and Young Democrats of Iowa released a statement earlier this week calling on campaigns to unionize, citing that Democrats are champions of labor and should extend those opportunities to organize to those who work to elect Democrats. The signed statement can be found in full below: The College and Young Democrats of Iowa (CYDI) stands with all working

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LTE: We Can End The Opioid Epidemic

Editor’s note: From time to time we receive Letters to the Editor from candidates for office. Publication of these LTEs are not an endorsement of the candidate and all LTEs are equally considered by the board no matter who the author might be.   Eighty-five percent of heroin users start by taking legal opioids. Fentanyl and carfentanil are involved in a

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LTE: Outgrow the Status Quo

In the spring of 2016 I started sharing a Current Affairs article by Nathan J. Robinson titled “Unless Democrats Run Sanders, A Trump Nomination Means a Trump Presidency.” I sent it to as many superdelegates as I could. What many considered unthinkable was actually highly probable. It is extremely likely that Kim Reynolds will be elected governor of Iowa if

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From the Desk of the Editor: Why I Support Cathy Glasson for Governor

Editor’s note: This is a personal endorsement. The views expressed in this editorial are my own and are not necessarily those of PVI’s writers, contributors, or editors. By: Brian McLain I had high hopes for the 2018 gubernatorial race. Things looked so very promising in the beginning. Then… nothing… Just more of the same. Every opportunity candidates had to address

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Senate Minority Leader Calls for Boulton to Resign

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen has issued a statement calling for former Gubernatorial candidate, Senator Nate Boulton, to resign his seat in the Iowa Senate. That statement is quoted below. “Sexual harassment is unacceptable whether it occurs in a social or professional setting. What we have learned in the last 24 hours makes it clear to me that Senator Boulton

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BREAKING: Boulton Suspends Campaign

Democratic candidate for governor Nate Boulton has officially suspended his campaign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. This drastically changes the dynamics of the race as Boulton was one of three of its top contenteders in the field. Remaining candidates include Cathy Glasson, John Norris, Ross Wilburn, Andy McGuire, and Fred Hubbell.  

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Candidates Weigh In on Boulton Allegations UPDATED

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson released the following statement in regards to the Des Moines Register article on Senator Boulton’s sexual misconduct: “These reports of sexual misconduct about Senator Boulton in the Des Moines Register today are extremely disturbing. We need a Governor we can trust to stand up and fight for fair treatment for Iowa women. Nate Boulton’s behavior

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