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Bill would remove the names of judges, police and prosecutors from...

Iowa counties would have to develop a process for removing the names of judges, prosecutors and police from public records that are posted online...

Repeat after me: Let the public know about public meetings

The purpose was pretty simple when the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public meetings law many years ago: Government boards are required to announce their...

Iowa Capital Dispatch celebrates 1st birthday: No cake, just big scoops

This week marks the first birthday of Iowa Capital Dispatch. We don't have any cake but we've served up lots of big scoops. Hard to...

There’s no justification for government shutting the public out

There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, one of those sound...

Locking out the public will not lead to healthy decisions on...

I wrote two weeks ago that the COVID-19 vaccination process “is too important for mere lip service in favor of the public’s right to...

Governor’s lawyers admit her staff refused to release public records on...

When the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public records law 50 years ago, lawmakers wanted to guarantee that anyone could obtain copies of state...

Iowa agency keeps secret the number of COVID-19 staff deaths in...

The Iowa Department of Public Health is refusing to disclose the number of Iowa nursing home workers who have been infected with, or died...

State releases heavily redacted COVID-19 document in response to record request

The Iowa Department of Public Health has released one heavily redacted, two-page document in response to a public-records request for information tied to the...

Iowa doctors accused of serious offenses admonished in secret by state...

In the past six months, the state board that oversees physicians has issued dozens of confidential letters of warning to doctors accused of criminal...

Fee for accessing public-health emails increases to almost $10,000

The Iowa Department of Public Health says “a typo” caused the agency to misstate the fee it intends to charge before considering whether it...
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