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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

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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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Bet on it: Mississippi legalizes daily fantasy sports

By   /  May 17, 2016  /  Economy, Governor, Idaho, Iowa, Legislature, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, News, Regulations, State Government, Washington  /  No Comments

FANTASY A GO: Daily fantasy sports leagues will be legal in Mississippi on July 1 after Gov. Phil Bryant signed into a law a bill that would legalize the practice and create a study commission to decide on how to regulate it. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Daily fantasy sports league operators will be able to operate legally in Mississippi after a bill passed by the Legislature was signed into law.

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Federal lawmakers: ‘Time to say goodnight to midnight regulations’

By   /  February 29, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Iowa, Minnesota, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“This bill provides some basic accountability and ensures a president cannot impose a surge of new rules on the American economy as he exits office,” Johnson said.

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