04/19/2016 - 4:16pm
Passing on progress
Despite initial optimism for a productive year, the Iowa Legislature stalled on a few key topics recently as the session inched toward adjournment.
Things like water quality funding and medicinal cannabis oil expansion seemed poised to fail early this week due to a lack...
04/12/2016 - 3:20pm
Complicating the convention
This year’s unpredictable election cycle seems poised to become even more convoluted when Republicans gather for the 2016 National Convention later this summer.
The GOP, already troubled by inter-party turmoil and voter unrest, is headed towards its first...
04/05/2016 - 2:10pm
Questions abound following pork plant announcement
A new pork plant planned in Mason City has been the talk of the region for the past month. Once constructed, it promises to add more than 1,000 new jobs to north central Iowa and pump millions into the area's economy and tax base. Though these benefits are...
03/29/2016 - 11:20am
Reinvest in our rural districts
Another extended General Assembly was potentially adverted last week when the Iowa Legislature compromised on next year’s K-12 education budget. Though the deal was a welcomed change of pace from previous gridlock, it...
03/22/2016 - 3:20pm
Court's ruling a win for open government
Sunshine Week went out with a bang last Friday thanks to an unprecedented ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court.
On a 4-3 vote, the court struck down a longstanding practice used by school boards, city councils and county supervisors across the state –...