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...
02/23/2016 - 5:21pm
Passing the K-12 political football      From canabis oil and other experimental medical treatments to legal fireworks and gun rights, plenty of hot-button topics survived the Iowa Legislature’s first “funnel week” last week. While each of these issues warrant varying degrees of merit, one issue in particular...
02/16/2016 - 3:11pm
Issues loom large as Medicaid changes approach Three Republican state senators turned heads in Des Moines last week by voting in favor of bill that would halt the governor’s plan to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. Jake Chapman, Tom Shipley and David Johnson will no doubt face backlash from fellow party members in the wake of their...
02/09/2016 - 6:38pm
Critiquing our caucuses     Ben Carson accused Ted Cruz of dirty tricks, Bernie Sanders questioned the results, and controversial coinflips drew the ire of many voters across the state.     As always, it wouldn’t be an Iowa Caucus without a flood of criticism and complaints.     It seems our state...
02/03/2016 - 10:58am
Killing cancer 1 penny at a time Franklin County’s reputation as a generous community is well known throughout the area, so it’s really no surprise local fundraising efforts for cancer research earned high praise recently.      The county’s annual Relay For Life event was honored by the American Cancer Society...
01/26/2016 - 1:30pm
Branstad backs out on anti-bullying efforts      Ongoing attempts to reduce bullying across Iowa took a significant hit this month thanks to Gov. Terry Branstad’s recent budget proposal. Though inflated political rhetoric may claim otherwise, it appears the governor is backing out on an issue he prioritized during his re-...
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