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<h1>An Era of Political Conspiracy Theories</h1><h6><i>Exploring how conspiracy theory groups enable the spread of misinformation and how they play a role in the politics of past and present.</i></h6>
National

An Era of Political Conspiracy Theories

Exploring how conspiracy theory groups enable the spread of misinformation and how they play a role in the politics of past and present.

Art by Amanda O'Brien Conspiracy theories are usually defined as a belief that some covert, but influential organization is responsible for certain events. They influence many individuals and could even be considered quite common. Furthermore, conspiracy theories have always had some influence in politics.  Some famous conspiracies include faking the moon landing, that Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone in assassinating former President John F. Kennedy, the belief in the Illuminati, and the birther conspiracy that President Barack Obama isn’t a U.S. citizen. More recently, there has been a rise in the beliefs surrounding QAnon, along with the widely circulated belief that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax. QAnon is an umbrella term for multiple conspiracy theories that all lead b...
<h1>The Loss of the Iowa Caucus As We Know It: Dead Dems Walking?</h1><h6><i>Is the decision by the Democratic Party to pull out of the Iowa caucus the final nail in the coffin of a dead swing state?</i></h6>
Iowa Caucus, Local, National Elections

The Loss of the Iowa Caucus As We Know It: Dead Dems Walking?

Is the decision by the Democratic Party to pull out of the Iowa caucus the final nail in the coffin of a dead swing state?

Shaken. Rocked. Grinded to a halt. And so the children of the corn did scream. The era of Iowa holding the first in the nation primaries, known nationally as the Iowa caucus, has come to a close. At least, for the Democratic Party. What Happened to the Caucus and Why Does it Matter to Iowans? After President Biden’s announcement in February to grant South Carolina the official first-in-the-nation Democratic primary status, Iowans may have been stumped, but this transition seems to have been penciled in for a couple years. With the Democratic Party’s presence in the Iowa caucus coming to a close, the separation of the parties in the once first-in-the-nation primary state proves that the cessation and growing partisanship between the Republican and Democratic Parties is anything but w...
<h1>Closing the Disability Representation Gap</h1><h6><i>Candidates and elected officials with disabilities are underrepresented in all levels of government due to the accessibility barriers and systemic biases they face.</i></h6>
National, People

Closing the Disability Representation Gap

Candidates and elected officials with disabilities are underrepresented in all levels of government due to the accessibility barriers and systemic biases they face.

The 118th United States Congress has been heralded as the most diverse national legislature in the history of our country. Its membership includes the first ever Generation Z representative, and the number of women in its ranks is at an all-time high. Recent data from Pew Research Center shows that this is the most racially and ethnically diverse Congress in history. That same study shows that, at 13, the number of openly LGBTQ+ members has never been higher. Yet even with all these headline-making, record-setting gains in diversity, Congress continues to lag far behind the actual demographics of the U.S. population. Unsurprisingly, minorities are consistently underrepresented.  Perhaps no minority group feels that underrepresentation more acutely than the disability community. Rut...
<h1>Lasting Effects of Redlining on the Des Moines Community</h1><h6><i>How a history of discriminatory mortgage lending practices have created a divided community </i></h6>
Des Moines, Local

Lasting Effects of Redlining on the Des Moines Community

How a history of discriminatory mortgage lending practices have created a divided community

  Upon first glance at the laid-back Des Moines, Iowa area, many people would consider it an ordinary mid-sized midwestern city with just over 200,000 people. Des Moines is gradually investing in revitalizing its downtown and drawing in new residents with its low cost of living. However, even with revitalization and investment, Des Moines’ communities of color continue to suffer from the effects of discriminatory housing policies.  Dr. Jane Rongerude, an expert in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, described redlining as “the practice of putting a line on a map that was red and saying, no, no mortgage lending here.” Like in most American cities, discriminatory housing practices began in Des Moines following the Great Depression with the creation ...
<h1>Majority Women, Majority Republican</h1><h6><i>What does Iowa’s female representation in Congress mean for women in politics?</i></h6>
Iowa, Local

Majority Women, Majority Republican

What does Iowa’s female representation in Congress mean for women in politics?

Art by Rachel Hartley Despite the rocky history of women’s representation in Iowa, it remains one of the few states with a majority of women representing it in Congress. Six years ago, Iowans elected a woman to the U.S. Senate for the first time. Three years later, the state elected two women to the U.S. House for the first time. It’s safe to say that women’s political leadership is a new phenomenon in Iowa.  Republican Joni Ernst serves as one of Iowa’s two senators. She is joined by Republicans Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks as well as Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne. These women sit as three of the state’s four representatives. On top of this significant representation in Congress, Iowa also has a female governor, Kim Reynolds. This female-dominated political l...
<h1>Beyond Britney: The Politics of Conservatorships</h1><h6><i>Conservatorships came into the public spotlight in the past two years thanks to superstar Britney Spears. But what exactly is a conservatorship - and are all of them as toxic as Britney’s?</i></h6>
National, People

Beyond Britney: The Politics of Conservatorships

Conservatorships came into the public spotlight in the past two years thanks to superstar Britney Spears. But what exactly is a conservatorship - and are all of them as toxic as Britney’s?

Art by Rachel Hartley In the past year, Britney Spears has become a household name again, and it’s not because of her iconic hits such as “...Baby One More Time.” Instead, her recent spike in popularity can be accredited to her efforts to end the conservatorship she's been under since 2008. Britney’s conservatorship has not only led to greater public awareness about conservatorships, but also sparked questions from activists and fans about the ethics and conditions of conservatorships.  What Even Is A Conservatorship? Laws regarding conservatorships vary from state to state. In California, where Britney’s case took place, a conservatorship is an arrangement in which a person or other entity, known as the conservator, has the ability to care for another adult who cannot care ...
<h1>Missing: Iowa’s Sign Language Interpreters</h1><h6><i>Communication access for deaf Iowans suffers under decline of interpreters and training programs.</i></h6>
Iowa

Missing: Iowa’s Sign Language Interpreters

Communication access for deaf Iowans suffers under decline of interpreters and training programs.

Art by Amanda O'Brien The interpreter training program at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs began and ended with Carolyn Cool. She was a graduate of the program’s first class of young sign language interpreters in 1980. Cool immediately started her career interpreting in the legal and medical fields across central Iowa.  Then, 12 years later, she returned. To live in her hometown. To work at Iowa Western. To teach new interpreters everything she knew in the same place she learned it. “It just was like the ideal job,” Cool said. “I remember saying to my husband one time, I don't know when I get paid and I don't know how much money I make because that was so irrelevant to me and I had so much fun going to Iowa Western every day.” Much of that fun was building...
<h1>Rethinking Disabilities in the Workplace</h1><h6><i>Pandemic-Inspired Accomodations Benefit the Disability Community</i></h6>
National, National Policy

Rethinking Disabilities in the Workplace

Pandemic-Inspired Accomodations Benefit the Disability Community

art by Lila Johnson It’s no secret COVID-19 has disrupted labor markets around the world. Here in the United States, by early May 2020, over 36 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits, a figure comparable to unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s, according to the London School of Policy and Economics’ United States Centre. It is evident that most individuals in the workforce have been affected by the pandemic, with those in the disability community being particularly impacted. For example, as reported in a Syracuse University article, employment rates between March and April 2020 decreased by 18% among the general population, but by 24% among workers with disabilities. In times of crisis, marginalized and vulnerable populations are often the most advers...
<h1>The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar</h1><h6><i>After a long history of military coups, the Rohingya crisis, and possible intervention., how has Myanmar taken center stage internationally? </i></h6>
International

The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar

After a long history of military coups, the Rohingya crisis, and possible intervention., how has Myanmar taken center stage internationally?

Photo by Htin Linn Aye / Creative Commons Atribution - Share Alike 4.0 International License In February 2021, Myanmar took international headlines by force when a military-backed coup foiled Myanmar’s short-lived experiment with democracy. To understand the significance of this moment, it is important to understand the history of Myanmar. Once a British colony that gained independence in 1948, what was then known as Burma formed itself as a parliamentary democracy. This was short-lived: in 1962, Gen. Ne Win led a military-backed coup and seized power for nearly 30 years until 1988.  Burma found itself embracing isolationist policies, which were detrimental to its economy, leading to the widespread participation of its citizens in black market operations. In response to deterioratin...
<h1>The Dream of Fifteen: How a Progressive Idea Paved Its Way Into the Forefront of American Policy</h1><h6><i>A federal minimum wage increase is more than likely to come in a matter of time. The question among Congress members is, to what extent and how fast? Progressives have their own idea.</i></h6>
National, National Policy

The Dream of Fifteen: How a Progressive Idea Paved Its Way Into the Forefront of American Policy

A federal minimum wage increase is more than likely to come in a matter of time. The question among Congress members is, to what extent and how fast? Progressives have their own idea.

Illustration by Amanda O'Brien It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic made its presence known in the U.S., and many Americans are still struggling to deal with the economic aftermath. Progressives have long pushed for a $15 federal minimum wage, and they believe the idea is more important now than it ever has been— but others have raised questions about the effect a wage increase would have on the country. Is $15 a fix-all policy, or will it hurt the economy? Supporters of the $15 minimum wage experienced a glimmer of hope in January when President Biden introduced a massive $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief package into Congress. A key proposal in Biden’s initial plan included a federal minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.  Their hope was short-lived, however.&...
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