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Presidential candidates missed the most votes in Congress last year

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Federal government, Florida, Iowa, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The annual report card for the 114th Congress from congressional tracking website govtrack.us shows that the three U.S. senators who tried to move from the Capitol to the White House also missed the most votes in 2016.

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School choice on center stage in a handful of states in 2017

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Education Blog, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, Texas  /  No Comments

The American Federation for Children says the key states to watch for school choice legislation in 2017 are Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire. Texas could also be a candidate, Rayanne Matlock of Americans for Tax Reform writes in the Washington Examiner, quoting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott as saying he “would be interested in signing the most pro-school choice law […]

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School choice prospects looking up in Iowa

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Education Blog, Iowa  /  No Comments

With Republicans taking control of the Iowa legislature, school choice proposals are likely to see more daylight than in recent years, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports. “I’m pretty confident we’re going to come out of this session with some type of school choice bill that hopefully is signed,” state Rep. Walt Rogers, a Cedar Falls […]

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After losing in Supreme Court, Iowa felons turn to legislature in search of voting rights

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Iowa, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Kelli Jo Griffin took her four children to the voting booth in 2013 to teach them the value of democracy. Little did she know, she was breaking the law. Earlier that year, Griffin, 42, came off probation for delivering less than a hundred grams of cocaine. When she was convicted in 2008, she lost her right […]

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More states embrace licensing reform

By   /  July 6, 2016  /  Accountability, Arizona, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, National, Nebraska, News, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Achan Agit fled the civil war in Sudan and ended up in the middle of Iowa, where she found herself in a different kind of conflict. Despite having a lifetime of experience and knowledge in the craft of traditional African hair braiding, she was unable to get a license to work because the Hawkeye State required […]

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Iowa repeals hairbraiding regulations

By   /  June 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Iowa, Issues, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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As part of the state budget passed last week, lawmakers in Iowa voted to exempt natural hairbraiding from the state’s cosmetology licensing requirements.

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