Entries Tagged as 'Under the Radar'

For Medical Marijuana, a New Foe

December 23rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

In his ongoing battle to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa, Des Moines activist Carl Olsen has encountered a new foe: the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). For the new legislative session next month, the office plans to propose that the Statehouse remove a dormant section of the Iowa Code granting marijuana conditional medical [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · Under the Radar

For Pot Decriminalization, an Unlikely New Ally?

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Finally, an explanation for Pat Robertson’s paranoia about gays, feminists, and Satan: he’s just been really, really stoned. Or maybe not. Although the televangelist said on the 700 Club recently, “I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot … is costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · December 2010 · Gavin Aronsen · Under the Radar

The Search for a Medical Marijuana Rule-Maker

September 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Read the Progressive’s follow-up to the board’s September 28 meeting here. It’s been seven months since the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted to recommend that the state Legislature create a task force to help establish rules for marijuana’s medical use, but in the time that’s followed no one has taken any action. This has placed [...]

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Tags: AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · Medical Marijuana · September 2010 · Under the Radar

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On March 4, 18 United States senators sent the Food and Drug Administration a letter urging it to remove its longstanding ban on blood donations from gay men. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin joined 16 other Democrats and Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders in signing the letter, in which they noted that “prospective donors who have engaged [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · March 2010 · Under the Radar

The Future of the Dinkey Bridge

February 6th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Ames are engaged in an ongoing series of negotiations to determine the fate of the Squaw Creek Bridge, know locally as the Dinkey Bridge, which runs parallel to 6th Street, east of the Iowa State campus. The bridge is an iconic landmark in Ames. The Dinkey was a [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · January 2010 · Kristin Roach · Of Local Importance · Under the Radar

Urban Chicken Farming in Ames

October 2nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

“Chickens get stressed,” Mary Jane explained as she opened the door to her homemade chicken coop and revealed a lovely oil painting on the wall, beside the shelf of droppings and above the woodchip floor. The painting helps create a stress-relieving, country-quaint atmosphere for this mixed urban/rural environment that Mary Jane Brotherson and her husband [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Nate Logsdon · October 2009 · Under the Radar

Gay Rights in Texas on Stonewall’s 40th Anniversary

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

June 29, 2009, marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York. The riots were a spontaneous refusal of patrons at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn to be cowed by police, who had raided the establishment as part of an ongoing series of humiliating arrests of gay men. The [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · July 2009 · Nate Logsdon · Under the Radar

Valuing non-profits: Thoughts from the Heifer International Ranch

April 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last month, I was part of a group of 10 Iowa State students who traveled to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, as part of the university’s Alternative Spring Breaks program. The 1200-acre farm belongs to Heifer International, a non-profit that raises livestock to send to impoverished areas of the United States and throughout the [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · April 2009 · Gavin Aronsen · Under the Radar

Prosecuting the Bush Administration?

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Now that the Bush administration is no longer in power, it’s possible that some of its senior members may face prosecution for their involvement in U.S. torture programs. Despite lobbying efforts by members of the CIA, President Bush left office without issuing a “preemptive pardon” to protect officials who have engaged in torture from being [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Greg Bonett · January 2009 · Under the Radar

Voter Fraud in the 2008 Election

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments

On October 29, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Help America Vote Act, a large legislative response to the pandemonium that led to his narrow victory of the White House.  The act was authored by Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut with information from a congressional report co-chaired by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Kate Kennedy · October 2008 · Under the Radar