Government + Politics

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Governor calls education increase ‘historic,’ but is it enough?

BY: - January 21, 2020

During her Condition of the State address, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed what she called a “historic” investment in K-12 education — a 2.5% increase in per-pupil funding, equating to around $95.7 million to maintain “the best teachers and classrooms in the world,” she said.  Reynolds’ proposal would make the state’s total appropriation for education […]

Brown and Black Forum: Young, black voters show support for Sanders

BY: - January 20, 2020

Alese Burris, a young, African-American woman, toyed with the idea of supporting former Vice President Joe Biden. After all, he was President Barack Obama’s counterpart.  But in the end, the 32-year-old woman went back to her top pick from the 2016 Iowa Caucuses: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Bernie, he’s been doing this his whole life. […]

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Nixon impeachment hearings

Impeachment then and now:  One Iowan’s view

BY: - January 20, 2020

When former U.S. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky was making his first run for Congress during the Watergate scandal in 1972, the question of whether President Richard Nixon should be impeached was not on voters’ minds. “As far as when we campaigned, the issue was what were the right hours for the liquor stores,” Mezvinsky said.  Is […]

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How impeachment upended the career of an Iowa politician

BY: - January 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — A presidential impeachment vote may have doomed the political career of an Iowa Republican congressman.  It was 46 years ago.  Rep. Wiley Mayne, a fourth-term congressman in 1974, was a Republican on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee when that panel considered articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in the wake of the […]

One Iowa caucus moment: Undecided Booker supporters warm up to Warren

BY: - January 18, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren demurred Saturday when a woman at a Des Moines house party asked her about the recent dispute with Sen. Bernie Sanders that was publicized before  this week’s debate. But she impressed the former Cory Booker supporter nevertheless. Tanya Keith, 48, of Des Moines, told Warren, “As a woman working in construction and […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

Environmentalists wonder: Is state hiding bad nitrate news?

BY: - January 17, 2020

An annual report assessing the progress of the state’s voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy — the nucleus of Iowa’s water-quality efforts — is running late and stirring questions about worsening pollution. Staffers at the nonprofit Iowa Environmental Council said the report is months beyond the window in which it used to be released. They fear the […]

GOP lawmakers begin new push to restrict abortion rights

BY: - January 16, 2020

Iowa Republican leaders are once again pushing for a constitutional amendment that would limit abortion rights in Iowa after an attempt to pass a similar measure fell short in 2019. The amendment aims to nullify the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2018 that struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. […]

Is this a slot machine or a game of skill?

BY: - January 16, 2020

A legal battle is heating up over the way Iowa defines casino-style “amusement devices” found in taverns across the state. Electronic games that look like slot machines are strictly regulated in Iowa, with restrictions on prizes and player age limits. But the difference between those devices and the less-regulated games of skill commonly found at […]

Adjutant general: Iowa Guard looking at biggest deployment in a decade

BY: - January 16, 2020

Newly appointed Iowa Adjutant General Benjamin Corell told state lawmakers during his first address to the Legislature that the Iowa National Guard is getting ready for its biggest deployment in a decade. To prepare, the guard is looking for partners in and out of the federal government to boost its technical training, especially in cybersecurity. […]

Partnership plans push for DM airport terminal expansion

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Central Iowa’s main economic development group, has announced it will push for state government and other assistance for a proposed $200 million overhaul of the Des Moines International Airport. That project would include a new terminal airport managers say is needed because the current facility, built in 1948, is too […]

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USCMA gets final Senate approval, awaits president’s signature

BY: - January 16, 2020

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement Thursday, sending the historic pact to President Trump for his signature. The agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but has some similarities to it, is big news in Iowa. Canada and Mexico are the top markets  for Iowa goods and commodities. Gov. Kim […]

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Legislature needs to fix the cost barrier for public records

BY: - January 16, 2020

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government officials who have misused their government credit cards for unauthorized purchases. This man is worried such abuses could be happening at the local county hospital since top administrators were given credit […]