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Iowa Republican proposes bill restricting left-leaning faculty at state colleges

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Free speech on college campuses has long been a cause for concern of the right, specifically the notion that, according to the right, there is no room for conservative views or speech on campuses or in classrooms. To address this, Republican Iowa lawmaker Mark Chelgren introduced a bill in his state over the weekend that would require state universities to consider the political affiliations of candidates applying for faculty positions.

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Chelgren’s proposed legislation reportedly seeks to create “more partisan balance among faculty.” The bill’s language reads as such: “A person shall not be hired as a professor or instructor member of the faculty at such an institution if the person’s political party affiliation on the date of hire would cause the percentage of the faculty belonging to one political party to exceed by ten percent the percentage of the faculty belonging to the other political party.”

The explanation behind the bill states that, “the state board of regents [would] require partisan balance of the faculty employed at each regents university.” In other words, state Republicans seek to maintain a “free market of ideas” on college campuses by enforcing what can only be described as affirmative action for conservative thinkers.

The bill would require Iowa’s chief elections official “to submit voter registration records to the board of regents,” the Hill reports. Writer Pat Rynard wrote for the left-leaning blog Iowa Starting Line, “If you took a survey right now, it’s highly likely that Iowa professors are registered as Democrats at a much higher rate than Republican[s]. So any new hires would be strictly limited to Republican or No Party voters.”

There have been increasing tensions on college campuses over speech and political viewpoints both inside and outside of the classroom. Last year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison introduced a course that sought to explore institutional racism, called “The Problem of Whiteness,” which received significant backlash from Republican lawmakers.

The same university in January added a course called, “Unpacking Masculinity” with the goal of understanding and exploring the cultural expectations of masculinity. The proposed course prompted a similar reaction from conservatives who saw it as declaring a “war on men.”

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Such topics have often been characterized as “politically correct” or “liberal.” Chelgren, who proposed the legislation in Iowa said in an interview that students “should be able to go to their professors, ask opinions, and they should know publicly whether that professor is a Republican or Democrat or no party affiliation, and therefore they can expect their answers to be given in as honest a way as possible.”

A similar bill was introduced in North Carolina but has since been dropped, as of Monday, Feb. 20.

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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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