Iowa and Wisconsin Briefs

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Iowa and Wisconsin Briefs


The, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Court strikes down campaign finance laws

MILWAUKEE - A federal appeals court has declared key aspects of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws unconstitutional, including a ban on direct spending by corporations.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling came Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Right to Life.

The court says the state can't ban political spending by corporations or cap how much they raise for affiliated political action committees.

It also struck down some rules on so-called issue advocacy. Groups have been required to report their donors and follow numerous other rules if they support or oppose a specific candidate. The appeals court says those rules apply only if the ads use phrases such as "vote for," "elect" or "vote against."

Toddler dies after fall from motorcycle

IOWA CITY - A 2-year-old boy has died after falling from a motorcycle in eastern Iowa.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said Abraham J. Harris was riding a motorcycle with his 11-year-old brother on Sunday when he fell. He suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

No adult witnessed the fall. Pulkrabek said no criminal charges are anticipated at this time.

Iowa teen sentenced for stabbing woman

IOWA CITY - An Iowa City teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing a woman at a restaurant last year.

The sentence was issued Tuesday in Johnson County District Court. …

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