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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Should Iowa’s Hospital Licensing Board be eliminated?

By: - February 12, 2020

The Iowa Hospital Licensing Board, which has long been accused of being a tool of the hospital industry, would be eliminated under a bill now being considered by state lawmakers. The board is controlled largely by active and retired hospital executives. Although its name suggests it’s responsible for the licensing of hospitals, it actually is […]

State agency defends its policy on public access to information

By: - February 11, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development has responded to a formal complaint that its process of handling public-information requests is illegal. The department says its policy of requiring all public-information requests and all public-records requests to be put in writing and submitted through an online portal “is a process designed to ease the burden on both requester and […]

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Millions of your tax dollars at work: Charity stages dating seminars like ‘Avoid Falling for a Jerk’

By: - February 10, 2020

A faith-based Iowa charity is spending $4.2 million of taxpayers’ money staging workshops on dating and marriage. The dating workshops offered by the nonprofit Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives are called “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk (or Jerk-ette).” They are described by the center as “eight-hour, hands-on, interactive” workshops. In a […]

Iowa fails to meet federal standard for nursing home inspections

By: - February 8, 2020

For more than two years, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has failed to meet federal standards for the timely inspection of nursing homes. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires each state’s nursing home inspection agency to conduct a full inspection of every licensed care facility no later than every 15.9 […]

Campaigns given more time to ask for a recanvass of caucus results

By: - February 7, 2020

In what could be a purely symbolic move, the Iowa Democratic Party is giving the presidential campaigns three additional days to request a recanvass of Monday’s caucus results. The deadline had been noon Friday. Three hours after that deadline passed, and with no requests having been made, it was extended to noon Monday. There’s no […]

Buttigieg hangs on to narrow lead with 100% of precincts reporting

By: - February 6, 2020

With 100 percent of Iowa’s caucus precincts finally reported on Thursday evening, Pete Buttigieg held on to the narrowest of leads over Bernie Sanders. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., had 564.02 state delegate equivalents or 26.2%.  Sanders, a Vermont senator, had 562.44 state delegate equivalents, or 26.2%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in […]

Cosmetic surgeon who posed a danger to patients is penalized

By: - February 6, 2020

Dr. LeRoy L. Yates Jr., a 64-year-old gynecologist who practiced cosmetic surgery in Davenport, has been barred from performing such procedures in Iowa until his skill level improves. Yates’ patients at the Diamond Medical Spa and Vein Clinic allegedly experienced excessive post-operative infections and complications, some of which were not properly diagnosed or treated by […]

Buttigieg hangs on to narrow lead as caucus count continues

By: - February 5, 2020

Pete Buttigieg clung to his narrow lead in Iowa’s 2020 Democratic presidential caucuses late Wednesday, with 92% of the precincts counted. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, claimed 26.5% of state delegates equivalents, placing him just ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont who garnered 25.6%. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren remained in third place […]

Two Iowans tested for novel coronavirus

By: - February 5, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified two Iowans who recently returned from China and are undergoing testing for the novel coronavirus. The two are currently under voluntary home confinement, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Since December, 361 people have died and more than 17,000 people have been sickened by novel […]

Buttigieg clings to his lead with 75% of caucus results now in

By: - February 5, 2020

With 75% of the Iowa Democratic caucus votes now reported, former mayor Pete Buttigieg is clinging to a narrow lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for delegates. The newly updated results were announced at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and showed Buttigieg retaining 26.9% in the competition for the state’s 41 state delegates. Sanders, who […]

UI builds ‘public trust’ in Iowa charities, but without oversight

By: - January 31, 2020

As part of an effort to build public trust in nonprofits, the University of Iowa maintains an online list of organizations that it says are committed to ethical practices – but almost any organization can be placed on that list. The Register of Accountability is a publicly accessible and searchable list of 970 nonprofit entities […]

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Bill aims to eliminate legal fees for accessing public documents

By: - January 23, 2020

The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent governmental agencies from charging citizens a fee to determine whether they’re entitled to see documents in the agency’s possession. The fees have been the subject of controversy for years. Under the current law, anyone who requests a government document from a public entity may be […]