As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until \u0022partisan balanced\u0022 is reached.The bill, Senate File 288, \u0022could bring about a Soviet-style purge of liberal-leaning college staff in Iowa,\u0022 warned Pat Rynard in the local politics blog\u0026nbsp;Iowa Starting Line.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The obvious impact and purpose of this bill would be to ban Democrats from getting hired anymore at Iowa colleges,\u0022 Rynard continued. \u0022If you took a survey right now, it\u0026#039;s highly likely that\u0026nbsp;Iowa professors are registered as Democrats at a much higher rate than Republican. So any new hires would be strictly limited to Republican or [n]o [p]arty voters.\u0022Iowa state senator Mark Chelgren, who introduced the legislation, defended it to the Des Moines Register by arguing that students \u0022should 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.\u0022Rynard, however, wondered: \u0022What good would it do to ban a highly qualified physics professor applicant simply because they\u0026#039;re registered as a Democrat?\u0022\u0022We do have a Constitution and it\u0026#039;s there for a reason, and it\u0026#039;s to try to protect equity and to make sure that we don\u0026#039;t judge people on the basis of their race or religion, their creed, their political beliefs,\u0022 said Mary Mascher, a Democratic state representative whose district includes the University of Iowa, to the Des Moines Register.\u0022We never ask that question when someone\u0026#039;s hired: Are you a Republican, Democrat, or independent, or Green Party or socialist or any of that,\u0022 Mascher added. \u0022And I think that would be clearly discriminatory.\u0022\u0022The most disturbing aspect of Chelgren\u0026#039;s legislation [...] is that it is outright fascist,\u0022 Rynard noted. \u0022Republicans haven\u0026#039;t even spent two full months in power at the Iowa Statehouse and they\u0026#039;re already trying to impose a one-party rule in the state in perpetuity. You\u0026#039;re a registered Democrat? You\u0026#039;re banned from getting a job.\u0022[block:block=30]A similar amendment in North Carolina, which would have required \u0022ideological balance in faculty hiring,\u0022 was blocked earlier this month.And the Iowa bill comes only a few weeks after the Republican-dominated legislature proposed ending tenure at state institutions and destroying collective bargaining rights in two previous bills, Inside Higher Ed notes.