Trans Woman Jailed in Iowa for Eight Days Sues Hotel for Discrimination

In July 2014, Meagan Taylor and a friend, both black trans women, were traveling through Iowa on their way to Kansas City. They decided to spend a night at the Drury Inn in West Des Moines, Iowa. But instead of making it to Kansas City the next day, Taylor spent the next eight days in a county jail. »11/11/15 12:30pm11/11/15 12:30pm


Carly Fiorina Also Doesn't Think You Should Have to Vaccinate Your Kids 

Here is the “middle ground” on vaccines as it exists in America today: don’t vaccinate your kids if your Internet message board/life coach/talking dog sidekick advises against it, but a public school may bar you from enrolling. That’s the stance Carly Fiorina took when talking to a potential voter and mother of five… »8/14/15 11:15am8/14/15 11:15am

Mike Huckabee Would Send in Troops and the FBI To Stop Abortions

We’ve finally reached the Abortion Foe Event Horizon, the point at which all Republican candidates, in their ceaseless quest to prove they hate abortion the very most, have begun collapsing into a black hole of their own hyperbole. First up: Mike Huckabee, who said when he becomes president, he’ll send in the American… »7/31/15 5:10pm7/31/15 5:10pm

Iowa State Supreme Court Says Telemedicine Abortions Are Legal

Iowa’s State Supreme Court has struck down a ban on telemedicine abortions, saying the prohibition is unconstitutional. It’s the first time in more than 40 years Iowa’s highest court has considered an abortion case. It could also have national implications: other states have considered setting up a similar system to… »6/19/15 11:50am6/19/15 11:50am

Ex-Legislator Denies Having Sex with Wife with Alzheimer's Disease

Testimony in the trial of former Iowa state legislator Henry Rayhons concluded Friday; Rayhons, 78, is charged with felony sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with his wife Donna while she was in a nursing home and in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. On Friday, Rayhons denied having sex with Donna, testifying,… »4/20/15 12:50pm4/20/15 12:50pm

Ex-Legislator on Trial for Sexual Abuse of Wife with Alzheimers

The trial of 78-year-old Henry Rayhons began last week; the former Iowa state legislator was arrested last year, accused of having sex with his wife Donna, who was in a nursing home and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Staff members told Rayhons eight days before the incident allegedly occurred that… »4/14/15 12:50pm4/14/15 12:50pm

Over-It Iowa State Rep Reads Sex After Sixty at His Desk During Debate

Rep. Ross Paustian, a Republican from Iowa, is a man of many and varied interests: farming (he's a farmer), state legislating (obviously), and, apparently, keeping his wife of many years happy. A debate in the state House on collective bargaining rights failed to grab him, and, well, he read this instead: »3/19/15 2:30pm3/19/15 2:30pm

School Wants Boys to 'Be Classy,' Girls to Cover Their Slutty Shoulders

An Iowa Catholic high school just released the dress code for their end of year "scholastic achievement" assembly, and you'll be shocked to learn that it's a tad sexist! The boys of Dowling Catholic School can celebrate their scholastic achievments by being "classy" and removing their facial hair; the girls, though,… »3/13/15 10:50am3/13/15 10:50am

Joni Ernst Responds to SOTU By Not Discussing It At All

Iowa senator and hog castrating enthusiast Joni Ernst delivered tonight's Republican response to the State of the Union standing in the Armed Services Committee Room and wearing camouflage heels for subtlety. Ernst elected not to respond to the SOTU at all, instead delivering something between a belated campaign ad… »1/20/15 11:30pm1/20/15 11:30pm

Two Women in Their 90s Wed After Spending Decades Together as a Couple

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90, were a lot of like most couples on the day of their wedding. Giddy, a little nervous and most of all, deeply in love. But things were a little different for them than they are for most of the couples who get married at First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Dubes and… »9/07/14 10:30pm9/07/14 10:30pm

Iowa College Lets Accused Rapist Choose His Own Punishment

Even though Iowa's Central College found a male student guilty of raping his classmate, they couldn't decide what to do with him. So they let him choose his own punishment: He could either accept expulsion a month before graduating, or graduate but not walk, and risk the administration notifying employers that he… »4/29/14 7:20pm4/29/14 7:20pm

Crap Iowa Law Would Allow Women to Sue Doctors For 'Abortion Regret'

An Iowa Republican has introduced a bill into state legislature that would allow women who experience "abortion regret" — a made-up psychological condition that isn't recognized by any major medical organization — to sue their doctor. Curiously, the legislator's bill doesn't allow women who have regretted having… »2/28/14 4:45pm2/28/14 4:45pm

Despite Greater Access, Iowa Abortions Drop Thirty Percent

When women have access to safe and affordable health care, abortion rates drop. WHODATHUNKIT? Now, some members of the Iowa Board of Medicine are trying to get telemedicine abortions — the practice partially credited for the decline — stopped because they say something just doesn't feel "right" about them. Hmm...… »8/28/13 9:00pm8/28/13 9:00pm