Government + Politics

Bernie Sanders’ Iowa political director went on to work for Feeding Our Future

BY: - October 6, 2022

A former key aide to Bernie Sanders’ Iowa presidential campaign went on to work as a consultant for Feeding Our Future, a nonprofit that federal prosecutors say was at the center of the nation’s biggest pandemic relief program fraud. Abshir Omar was also deputy director of a nonprofit named Tasho that ran six food distribution […]

Governor candidates focus on future of public education in Iowa

BY: - October 5, 2022

Gubernatorial candidates focusing on public schools is far from new. But in the Iowa race for governor, both candidates have spent significant time on the campaign trail discussing their plans for the future of education in Iowa amid rising polarization on issues from vaccine and mask mandates to book bans and state funding. While Gov. […]

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers questions on same-sex marriage, energy at forum

BY: - October 3, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks countered previous claims from her opponent that she votes along party lines, speaking at a forum with the Greater Des Moines Partnership Monday. The representative, running for re-election in Iowa’s newly reshaped 1st Congressional District, talked about her votes in support of legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act and the […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds is campaigning — against Joe Biden

BY: - October 3, 2022

One of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ biggest applause lines at her Harvest fundraiser over the weekend was her announcement that she’s suing the Biden administration over its decision to forgive student loan debt for more than 408,000 Iowans. There was a time when it would have been considered political malpractice to gloat about actively working to […]

Statue of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman dedicated at the U.S. Capitol

BY: - October 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The eldest grandson of President Harry S. Truman pulled down a black cloak to unveil a towering bronze statue of his late grandfather during a ceremony Thursday at the U.S. Capitol to dedicate the sculpture honoring the 33rd president. “My grandfather was a modest man,” Clifton Truman Daniel said. “And, frankly, slightly embarrassed […]

Reynolds to supporters: Democrats would reverse Republican wins

BY: - October 1, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds railed against the Biden administration and told the crowd at a fundraiser Saturday that electing Democrats would roll back Republican initiatives of her previous terms. Iowa kept businesses and schools open during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported law enforcement and cut taxes, Reynolds said at her Harvest Festival event. She claimed Democrats in […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa legislators call for action on Russian invasion of Ukraine

BY: - September 30, 2022

As tensions mount with Russia, Iowa’s U.S. senators pushed for foreign policy action in Washington this week. Iowa lawmakers also worked to expand disclosure by foreign lobbyists and sought an investigation of land acquisition by a Chinese company near a U.S. military base. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst called for the U.S. to deny recognition of […]

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Joni Ernst targets IRS workers while big-money tax cheats get away with it

BY: - September 30, 2022

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst loves to talk about “making them squeal” in Washington, D.C. Frequently, the Iowa Republican will target an often-obscure part of the federal budget and complain about waste. Lately, the Internal Revenue Service has been in her sights. Over the last few weeks, she’s complained about the Democrats’ plan to hire thousands […]

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee grilled the top leader of federal prisons Thursday on how the agency would address staffing shortages and reports of abuse of incarcerated people. “The Bureau (of Prisons) has been riddled with mismanagement and, sadly, with scandal,” said the chair of the committee, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin. […]

Iowa joins five other states in suing the Biden administration to stop student debt cancellation

BY: - September 29, 2022

College borrowers banking on President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt hit a potential snag Thursday, when Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Republican attorneys general in five other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s authority to do so. Theirs is the second major lawsuit filed by […]

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

BY: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved broadly bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide billions for natural disaster relief, military and economic aid to Ukraine and funding to help low-income families offset the rising costs of heating and cooling their homes. It includes $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that burned large swaths of […]

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The debate dance: Change the format to better serve voters

BY: - September 29, 2022

Iowans are losing one more traditional handhold on the world of politics as incumbent candidates are either refusing to participate in debates or limiting themselves to just one. And maybe that’s a good thing – but only IF debates evolve into something more useful for voters. Sadly, I don’t think that’s happening, but I have […]