Government + Politics

Biden administration to move BLM headquarters back to D.C. from Colorado

BY: - September 18, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration has announced it will return the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Washington, D.C., reversing a controversial decision by the Trump administration — with the support of a bipartisan array of Colorado political leaders — to relocate the office to Grand Junction. The BLM’s Grand Junction office will instead […]

Economist: Climate change, hunger, food scarcity demand ‘transformation’

BY: - September 18, 2021

A challenging combination of food scarcity and climate change-related threats to agriculture are driving calls for a “transformation” in food systems, an economist told environmental journalists this week.  Those issues are expected to be discussed by world leaders at a special United Nations food systems conference Sept. 23 in New York. Channing Arndt, a development economist […]

Crawford County to change records policy after violation of state law

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors is the latest group of Iowa elected officials to run afoul of the state open records law by restricting how members of the public can ask for records. The board erroneously told a citizen she had to submit an information request in writing, according to the Iowa Public Information […]

D.C. Dispatch: House Dems draft spending bill, Republicans fight back

BY: - September 17, 2021

Welcome to the D.C. Dispatch, our weekly roundup of Iowa news from the nation’s capital. This week, fights continued over the budget reconciliation package and Iowa’s Republican representatives pushed back against vaccine mandates and foreign policy in Afghanistan. House Democrats spent this week drafting specifics for the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. House and Senate […]

State board: Reporter’s complaint against Iowa Workforce Development ‘has merit’

BY: - September 16, 2021

Iowa Capital Dispatch’s claim that Iowa Workforce Development violated the state’s open records law while failing to turn over its director’s text messages has “merit,” a state panel decided Thursday. The Iowa Public Information Board ruled that the news organization’s formal complaint against the state agency is “legally sufficient” and “has merit,” in addition to […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

Proposed redistricting maps reshape Iowa’s political landscape

BY: - September 16, 2021

Iowa’s first round of redistricting maps would create significant changes in the state’s congressional and legislative districts and potentially reset some 2022 campaigns. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency presented new congressional and legislative maps to lawmakers Thursday, setting the ball rolling on a long-delayed redistricting process. Iowa won’t lose any House seats in this round […]

Dr. Jill Biden visits DMACC to promote child tax credit and education spending proposals

BY: - September 15, 2021

ANKENY, Ia. — First lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke about the importance of child care and education in an Iowa event Wednesday, touting federal aid programs for students and families. “[President Joe Biden’s] administration is fighting every day to get rid of all the obstacles that you face so that you can focus on really […]

U.S. House Democrats add more mass transit, high-speed rail in second shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure […]

Republican Michael Bousselot wins Ankeny special election

BY: - September 14, 2021

Ankeny voters have elected Republican Michael Bousselot to the Iowa House. Bousselot, the former director of Iowa’s Department of Management, received 51.58% of the vote according to unofficial results from the Polk County Auditor’s Office. Democratic opponent Andrea Phillips received 48.30% of the vote, falling 377 votes behind Bousselot. The Polk County Board of Supervisors […]

Iowa redistricting: Everything you need to know as the process begins

BY: - September 14, 2021

The 2020 redistricting process has been abnormal from the start, and we’re just getting to the good stuff. This week, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency will propose a new set of state legislative and congressional maps, setting off Iowa’s redistricting process months after it would usually happen. Here’s everything you need to know about how […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]