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Public needs to see for itself how police act

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in...

Iowans’ voices are being shut out of legislative debate

The three-day return of the Iowa Legislature has done more harm than good to the people of Iowa. Legislative leaders should again suspend their...

Feds: 1,200 nursing home complaints not properly investigated by Iowa

In the past two years, the state of Iowa has failed to conduct timely investigations into more than 1,200 complaints against nursing homes, according...

Capital Dispatch files public-records complaint over email request

The Iowa Capital Dispatch has filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board seeking access to emails and other records that were...

Coronavirus secrecy erodes the public’s confidence

The relationship between government and the governed is a delicate arrangement, even in the best of times. Government wants us to pay our taxes. It...

Judicial nominating commission members charge up to $250 each for public...

The individuals who help decide who sits on Iowa’s Supreme Court want to be paid as much as $250 each to provide public access...

Reynolds suspends graduation requirements for high-school seniors

Gov. Kim Reynolds suspended state graduation requirements for the class of 2020 late Friday, among 42 other emergency actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reynolds’...

Information is as vital as face masks during COVID crisis

We have all become acutely aware in the past few weeks why masks and face shields, respirators and ventilators are so important for hospital...

Don’t let the ‘new normal’ leave the public out of public...

The news that the State Capitol was closing to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak was just one in a stream of emails...

How accountable are private groups that conduct public business?

A tiny, four-acre plot of land in western Iowa is at the center of a dispute that could have major implications for private organizations...
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