Government + Politics

Seven members of Congress test positive for COVID-19 in one week,...

WASHINGTON — Seven members of the U.S. House and Senate announced during the past week that they have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a...

Grassley ‘symptom free’ as top Senate leaders wish him a speedy...

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — On Monday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was at the Capitol, speaking on the Senate floor about how important it...

D.M. council pushes police for clearer policies on de-escalation

Police should tweak their policies on de-escalation and use of force to stress their work to avoid conflict, Des Moines council members said Monday. Council...

Homeowners avoiding COVID-19 turn attention to home repairs

In one way, the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened some of Des Moines’ most challenged but resurgent neighborhoods.  That’s because the rapidly spreading coronavirus forced many...

Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can...

The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match...

Des Moines leaders eye regional cooperation on housing, broadband, water...

Des Moines area political and business leaders are pushing for more cooperation in regional efforts, perhaps including work on affordable housing, library services, broadband...

D.M. councilman pushes MidAmerican Energy to shelve coal plants

MidAmerican Energy would be pressured to retire its remaining coal plants under a new energy plan being considered by the Des Moines City Council. Council...

Hinson says she’s tested positive for COVID-19

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep.-elect Ashley Hinson has tested positive for coronavirus, her campaign announced Thursday. Campaign staffers for Hinson, a Republican who in...

Grassley staying quiet on his 2022 reelection plans

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — With the 2020 election over and political speculation shifting to 2022, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is staying mum on whether...

2nd District race awaits Lucas County recount Thursday

Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race remained unsettled Wednesday as Lucas County officials prepared for a post-mistake recount.  Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks remained in the lead by...
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