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Kate Kealey

Kate Kealey

Katherine Kealey is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at Iowa State University. Before interning at the Iowa Capital Dispatch, she interned at the Carroll Times Herald. She will serve as the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily in the fall.

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa Republicans propose alternatives to gun control

By: - June 10, 2022

All three of Iowa’s Republican congressional representatives announced their support this week for alternative legislation to address school violence after voting against a gun-control package passed by the U.S. House.  Rep. Randy Feenstra, a Republican, helped introduce the Secure Every School and Protect our Nation’s Children Act or STOP II Act.  “As a father of […]

Attorney general candidates spar over lawsuits against Biden administration

By: - June 9, 2022

Republican candidate for Iowa attorney general Brenna Bird says she plans to take the Biden administration to court if elected in November. Incumbent Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, says that’s not what the office is about and he’ll focus on serving everyday Iowans. If elected, Bird said she plans to challenge the Biden administration […]

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Halbur receives Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race

By: - June 8, 2022

Small business owner Todd Halbur has won the Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race, according to Associated Press projections. He will face off against Democratic incumbent Rob Sand in the November election. Halbur had  51% of the vote late Tuesday, while former state Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa received 49% with about 96% of […]

Joel Miller takes Democratic ticket for secretary of state

By: - June 7, 2022

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller won the Democratic nomination for Iowa secretary of state and will run against Republican incumbent Paul Pate for the seat in November. The Associated Press declared Miller the winner Tuesday evening with 70% of votes, while Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker received  29% with 78% of precincts reporting. Miller, […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers respond to Ames’ deadly shooting

By: - June 3, 2022

Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation responded with grief and prayers after a shooting Thursday evening killed three people outside a Christian ministry gathering in Ames. Also this week, GOP lawmakers addressed the use of tax dollars for abortion and the infant formula shortage. In Ames on Thursday evening, Eden Montang, 22, and Vivian Flores, 21, were […]

State university leaders receive pay increases; grad students demand one too

By: - June 2, 2022

Members of the University of Iowa’s graduate student union called on the Iowa Board of Regents to raise salaries for graduate workers to match rates of inflation.  Meanwhile, the board approved raises or bonuses for state university presidents and the head of the Iowa School for the Deaf. For the 2021-2023 academic year, returning employees […]

Iowa Public Radio maintains services despite elimination of state funding

By: - June 1, 2022

Iowa Public Radio anticipates a tight budget but no major impact on programming for listeners despite the Legislature’s move this year to eliminate state support from the program, its executive director said Wednesday. Republican legislators voted to eliminate $345,000 in state support for Iowa Public Radio. The Iowa Board of Regents also halted funding the […]

Iowa GOP touts legislative victories; Democrats decry ‘culture wars’

By: and - May 25, 2022

Republican legislative leaders cheered the accomplishments of the 2022 legislative session, which ended early Wednesday and included major tax cuts and the culmination of years of work on issues ranging from the bottle bill to biofuels. Gov. Kim Reynolds, in a statement early Wednesday, applauded the approval of many of her priorities. “This legislative session, […]

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Lawmakers eliminate open-enrollment deadline before session adjournment

By: and - May 25, 2022

Iowa lawmakers ended the 2022 legislative session early Wednesday with action on some familiar topics: school choice and election law. The Iowa Senate adjourned for the year at 12:11 a.m. and the House followed at 12:17 a.m. Before they went home, Republicans in the Iowa House and Senate voted Tuesday night  to eliminate a deadline […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers disagree on how to address baby formula shortage

By: - May 20, 2022

Iowa’s representatives joined in bipartisan support to aid veterans and members of the armed forces in re-entering the workforce, as well as advancing breast cancer treatment technology for female veterans. Before the House goes on a two-week break, lawmakers also voted on legislation to allocate additional funds to respond to the baby formula shortage.  Iowa […]

State budget stalemate ends as 10 budget bills advance

By: - May 18, 2022

An Iowa Senate panel, in a daylong session, advanced 10 budget bills Wednesday after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations among GOP legislative leaders and the governor. Gov. Kim Reynolds and House Republicans had proposed to spend about $8.2 billion from the state general fund for the 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2022. The House […]

Here’s what to do if a public official blocks you on social media

By: - May 16, 2022

What should you do if a public official blocks you on social media? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has created new tools to help people recognize censorship by public officials and take steps to address it.  Censorship by public officials “has been a point of concern in that we have heard of government officials […]