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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law putting new limits on government agency diversity trainings and school lessons related to racism and sexism.

The new law says trainings and lessons must not promote certain ideas, including that the US and the state of Iowa are systemically racist or sexist.

In a statement, Reynolds claims that “critical race theory” teaches kids to judge people based on their race or gender. She says, quote, “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”

Coming up on The Exchange, the Trump administration is suing Woodbury, Linn and Johnson Counties for prepopulating absentee ballot request forms, because of concerns about voter fraud. However, Roxanna Moritz, the president of the Iowa Association for County Auditors, says there are several checks and balances that prevent voter fraud, and mail-in voting is safe in the era of COVID-19.  

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Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), joined by her fellow Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately address communications shortcomings that were brought to light during and after the disastrous flood events in Southwest Iowa.

That’s after  a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing she hosted and chaired in Glenwood last month, 

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), joined by her fellow Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately address communications shortcomings that were brought to light during and after the disastrous flood events in Southwest Iowa.

That’s after  a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing she hosted and chaired in Glenwood last month,