Ed Tibbetts, of Davenport, has covered politics, government and trends for more than three decades in the Quad-Cities. A former reporter and editorial page editor for the Quad-City Times, he now is a freelance journalist who publishes the Along the Mississippi newsletter on Substack. He is a member of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative.
Iowa has made it harder to vote, study shows
By: Ed Tibbetts - September 25, 2022
Since the 2020 election, it got harder to vote in Iowa, relative to other states, according to a new study. The Cost of Voting Index, which measures the ease of voting in all 50 states, ranked Iowa 23rd in the nation in its 2022 report, a decline of four places. The new study was published […]
Looking to the midterms: A conversation with Rep. Cheri Bustos
By: Ed Tibbetts - September 18, 2022
Few people I know have been more plugged in to what voters are thinking in the Midwest, particularly along the Mississippi River, than U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos. She works tirelessly to meet people – and to listen. A Democrat from Moline, Bustos has served 10 years in Congress, representing Illinois’ 17th congressional district. Over the […]
Who is worthy of federal help? It’s time to ask different questions.
By: Ed Tibbetts - September 7, 2022
The debate over President Biden’s college debt forgiveness plan reminds me a bit about the floodwall Davenport never built. People who live in the Quad-Cities know Davenport has stubbornly gone its own way when it comes to Mississippi River flooding. Even after disastrous floods in 1965 and 1993, the city refused to put in place […]
Critics work to rally opposition to rail merger along the Mississippi
By: Ed Tibbetts - August 30, 2022
Critics of a proposed $31 billion merger between the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads are trying to marshal opposition in eastern Iowa, saying the deal would hurt the state and especially the Quad-Cities. The merger was proposed last year and the city councils in Scott County’s two largest communities – Davenport and Bettendorf […]