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 served as the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily in 2022.

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 […]