Government + Politics

Cory Booker said he’s poised to surge in Iowa. But DNC rules may keep him down.

BY: - January 7, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says his campaign in Iowa has built the momentum it needs to have a surge in support before the Iowa Caucuses. That needed moment could be stifled though, he said, if he doesn’t make the debate stage next week and an impeachment trial keeps him off the campaign trail. Support […]

Uncovering Polk County’s secret list of property owners

BY: - January 7, 2020

A corporation owned by Bonnie Netteland and her family owns 27 Polk County properties – child-care centers, apartment buildings and rental homes – worth $8.2 million. But if anyone was to search the county assessor’s website for all properties owned by Netteland Family Holdings, they’d be informed there are just seven such properties with a […]

COMMENTARY
Governor signs mental health legislation

Iowa needs money for mental health care. Here’s one place to get it.

BY: - January 7, 2020

Over the last two legislative sessions, many have worked to improve the treatment of adults and children who suffer from mental illnesses in Iowa.  The recommendations of workgroups yielded bills that legislators overwhelmingly passed, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law. These laws call for enhancing the continuum of care for adults with complex mental […]

Now’s the time to have your say about hemp

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting comments on hemp production in Iowa. You have until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to make your point. Iowa has asked federal agriculture officials for permission to allow hemp production in a state known more for corn, soybeans and hay. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must […]