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 2:30pm 3/19/15 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 10:50am 3/13/15 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 11:30pm 1/20/15 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 10:30pm 9/07/14 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 7:20pm 4/29/14 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 4:45pm 2/28/14 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 9:00pm 8/28/13 9:00pm

Iowa Supreme Court Lets Women Know They Can Be Fired For Being Too Hot

Iowa is a far more liberal state than it often gets credit for. Lumped in the middle of the country between Wisconsin – whose leaders have been doing some great work lately – and Kansas – which also rocks our socks off – Iowa chugs along, boasting a political life that's pretty evenly divided between conservatives… » 7/12/13 3:20pm 7/12/13 3:20pm

Iowa Supreme Court Says It Was Totally Cool for a Dentist to Fire His…

The most esteemed Iowa circle jerk all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled 7-0 on Friday that a dentist was totally within his legal rights when he fired his female assistant because he and his wife all held hands and decided that the woman was a threat to their marriage. In other words, a female employee in Iowa was fired… » 12/22/12 12:00pm 12/22/12 12:00pm

Mitt Romney Trashes a Woman's Cafe, Then Pisses Her Off Further With…

Being a robot is hard. You aren't familiar with human social customs, and that can result in any number of gaffes, as Mitt Romney has proven time and again. But recently he and his staff behaved in such a disrespectful way at a campaign stop that we're beginning to wonder if maybe he's not really a robot but actually… » 6/13/12 11:55pm 6/13/12 11:55pm

Iowa Appoints Particularly Unqualified Catholic Priest to Serve on…

In a move that's impressive only in its short-sighted idiocy, the Iowa state Senate has appointed a Catholic priest to its Board of Medicine. The priest swears up and down that he'll make recommendations based on what's prudent to state law and not what the Pope tells him to do, but pro-abortion rights folk aren't… » 5/21/12 1:20pm 5/21/12 1:20pm

Same Sex Parents Win Right to be Included on Their Own Child's Birth…

A judge in Iowa has ordered new birth documents be issued to the child of a lesbian couple who were initially told they couldn't list both of their names on their baby's birth certificate. The Iowa Department of Public Health contended that God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, but was roundly rebuked for trying… » 1/05/12 6:00pm 1/05/12 6:00pm

Does Michele Bachmann's New Ad Reveal That She's Actually A Terminator?

Iowa's endlessly-discussed caucus is tomorrow, and as part of Michele Bachmann's extremely uphill battle to win it, she's airing a brand new ad on local TV. The ad, which is only 30 seconds long, at first appears to be just another standard-issue spot laced with half-truths and bland music. Then at the :04 mark, a… » 1/02/12 2:00pm 1/02/12 2:00pm