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Katie Akin

Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

Iowa voters will decide gun-rights constitutional amendment in 2022

By: - January 28, 2021

Iowans will vote on a constitutional amendment protecting the right to bear arms in 2022. The proposed language of the constitutional amendment reads: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and […]

Iowa House advances proposed constitutional amendment restricting abortion rights

By: - January 27, 2021

The Iowa House advanced a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday which would make explicit that the Iowa Constitution does not recognize a right to an abortion. House Joint Resolution 5 proposes a constitutional amendment which reads, “To defend and protect unborn children, we the people of the State of Iowa declare that this Constitution does not […]

Lawmakers consider including ‘political ideology’ under Iowa Civil Rights Act

By: - January 27, 2021

Iowa Republican lawmakers say they are confronting “cancel culture” with a proposal to make political ideology a protected class under the Iowa Civil Rights Act. “The woke culture philosophy of intolerance and hatred, of demanding all must agree, I think is profoundly dangerous and disturbing in our country,” Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison said. “That is […]

Lawmakers puzzle over year-round daylight saving time

By: - January 27, 2021

A Senate subcommittee advanced a proposal Wednesday that could, with the cooperation of neighboring states, make daylight saving time last all year. Like most states, Iowa currently switches between Central Standard Time, which takes place from November until March, and daylight saving time for the rest of the year.  The cycle began in 1966, when […]

Senate committee approves family, educator tax credits in charter school bill

By: - January 26, 2021

Teachers and parents of homeschool students would be eligible for additional tax credits under a bill advancing in the Iowa Senate this week. Senate File 159 proposes a scholarship fund for students in some of Iowa’s public schools to attend charter or private schools instead. The bill would also allow charter schools to start independently […]

Lawmakers advance governor’s plan to expand state support for non-public schools

By: - January 25, 2021

Schools would have to offer full-time, in-person instruction and the state would financially support more options for students to attend private schools if two bills that advanced in the Iowa Senate Monday become law. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, identified both issues as priorities for the legislative session.  Senate Study Bill 1064 would require schools […]