Government + Politics

Three Republicans join House Democrats in passing sweeping police reform

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared...

Reynolds, business leaders begin planning for Iowa’s post-COVID economy

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday the state’s work to repair an economy limited by the COVID-19 pandemic should address a broad range of...

Reynolds signs bill easing licensure for new Iowans and people with...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday that she said would relieve "onerous and burdensome" professional licensing laws that are among the most restrictive...

Democrats block GOP’S ‘weak’ police reform bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people...

Governor’s task force to study recommendations on racial profiling by police

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ task force on criminal justice will shift its attention toward issues related to racial inequities in policing, including possible legislative proposals...

Foundation eyes major artwork for D.M. airport

A Des Moines art foundation wants to install a major work by an international artist at the vehicle entrance to the Des Moines airport...

REAP lives on, but for how long?

Backers of a highly popular Iowa program that pays for trails and park expansions want to make the initiative permanent. The Legislature this year extended...

Lawsuit filed to block Iowa’s 24-hour abortion waiting period

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block a 24-hour abortion waiting period from going into effect...

Why are we tinkering with voting laws?

There have not been a lot of bright spots since coronavirus began sickening Iowans. So far, 685 people have died in our state from the...

Des Moines to study minimizing police enforcement of marijuana possession

The Des Moines City Council passed an ordinance Monday creating a six-person task force that will study how to best minimize the police enforcement...
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