Chronicle Staff

05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Primary pregame      Though some Iowans are still nursing their hangovers from caucus season, we’ve got more hot political action coming down the pike: The June 7 primary election.      The local ballot features a few contested races on the GOP side. As you’ve probably noticed on yard signs across the county, Linn Larson and Rick Rieken will...
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 –...
03/15/2016 - 11:51am
Trumpeting transparency in Iowa        March 13-19 is Sunshine Week in Iowa, an annual celebration of “sunshine laws” that create statutes for open government at the state, county and municipal levels.      These policies help keep government officials in check and are a vital aspect to our...
03/08/2016 - 5:34pm
Grassley on wrong side of SCOTUS issue      As if the 2016 presidential campaign wasn’t crazy enough, Americans now have to endure the highly politicized fight over the next Supreme Court justice. And just like the presidential race, Iowans are playing a unique role as the contentious battle unfolds.    ...
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