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State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

For at least 18 months, the state of Iowa has failed to publish the findings of hundreds of restaurant inspections triggered by verified consumer...

State Fair meeting was affront to open government

The decision last week to cancel the Iowa State Fair was a reminder of the seriousness of coronavirus and the consequences of many people’s...

Iowa State Fair makes secret ballot public after legality questions

The Iowa State Fair board has publicly posted the results of its secret ballot vote that resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa...

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’...
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