Welcome to our new political pulse column, where we take a look at timely issues leading up to November's Midterm election.
Today's topic: The Inflation Reduction Act, recently signed by President Joe Biden.
Des Moines police would not be able to investigate complaints about health care providers that facilitate access to abortion under a resolution shared with Axios that was drafted by city councilperson Josh Mandelbaum.
- It would also direct city staffers to draft an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing or employment against someone who has had an abortion or accesses reproductive health services — similar to those that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
Des Moines Councilperson Josh Mandelbaum wants to prohibit city resources from being used to investigate anyone who seeks, gives or facilitates reproductive health services.
- Under his proposal, city government would also provide travel reimbursement to its employees for reproductive services that aren't offered in Iowa, he told Axios.
Frank Cownie is considering a run for a sixth term as Des Moines' mayor, he told Axios this week.
- He's leaning towards it but isn't quite ready to make an announcement.
State of play: Cownie has gained more international influence as an environmental advocate since the last election.
Challenging Chuck Grassley for his U.S. Senate seat is an undertaking flunked by seven Democratic nominees since 1980.
- Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Franken is the latest in the ring and he's a big believer in a strong morning start.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said going through the courts' system is her "preferred strategy" to try to restrict abortions in the state during a meeting with reporters on Tuesday.
Why it matters: Calling for a special session to pass new abortion laws would be fruitless at this point, said Derek Muller, a law professor at the University of Iowa.
Iowa House candidate Sonya Heitshusen was checking on a gun in her home after receiving ongoing threatening messages through social media when it accidentally discharged last week, she said in a media statement Wednesday.
- No injuries were reported but, on Tuesday, the West Des Moines Democrat was arrested on a charge of reckless use of a firearm.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday she's seeking court action that could result in the state banning most abortions at six weeks.
- That would give the state one of the most restrictive bans in the U.S.
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