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Court: Democrat can sue Iowa over alleged GOP reprisals

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Democratic appointee can seek damages for alleged political retaliation he suffered under former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, a decision that will make it easier for state residents to sue government officials who violate their rights. The court said it wasn't taking a position on the merits of Godfrey's claims, which will head to trial along with his allegations that the defendants violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act by discriminating against him on the basis of sexual orientation.
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