A Plan For An Environment Where Our Land And Water Are Protected

Guest post from Jack Hatch on his upcoming book Iowans have always loved their relationship with the outdoors. But when it comes to protecting our land and water, we can’t hesitate to conclude Iowa needs a fresh start. A start propelled by an urgency to reclaim our land and water from decades of complacency. More than sixty cities and towns are currently facing serious elevated nitrates...
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Homophobic Vandalism, Racist Fliers Mar Election Homestretch In Iowa

The final days of the 2016 campaign are closing out ugly in Iowa, and not just in how candidates attack each other. An act of homophobic vandalism against a gay candidate in Waterloo and racist fliers on the campuses of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa were reminders that Iowa politics isn't quite what it used to be. Chris Schwartz, Democratic candidate for Black Hawk Board o...
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Trump Supporter Who Tried To Vote Twice Also Pretty Racist

After weeks of national controversy led by Donald Trump over supposed vote rigging and voter fraud, an actual case of voter fraud occurred in Iowa. It was committed by a Trump supporter. Terri Rote was one of three people in Polk County reported to the police by the Polk County Auditor's office for voting twice in the November election. Rote was the only one arrested so far, and told Iowa Pub...
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Iowa Needs To Get Serious About Cleaner Water

Iowans take pride in our state’s reputation as an agricultural powerhouse that feeds hundreds of millions of people every year at home and around the globe. This time of the year, we marvel at the scenes of combines crisscrossing fields day and night bringing in another year’s crops. Those harvest pictures are something of a symbol of our state. But Iowa’s image has suffered a serious ...
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Democrats Dominating Iowa Early Vote Margin, Poll Finds

Finally, someone has polled Iowa again. It had been 21 days since a highly credible poll had surveyed the state, but a new Quinnipiac Poll released this afternoon confirmed what many on the ground have thought: it's all tied up. Literally, exactly tied. Both Clinton and Trump stand at 44% in the new poll, with Gary Johnson coming in with 4% of likely voters' support. Many had wondered where the...
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Chris Hagenow And The GOP’s Anti-Des Moines Metro Attacks

The Republican Party of Iowa is playing a tricky game this year in how it promotes their candidates and how they criticize Democrats. Inside Polk County, Republican campaigns like Chris Hagenow's are promoting their support of balanced budgets and assistance to small business, while hitting Democrats on spending plans and some personal issues. Outside Polk County? They're spending hundreds of ...
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Claire Celsi Runs On Public Service Record, Education Funding Agenda

Claire Celsi loves serving her community. It comes as naturally to her as breathing. Throughout the course of her career, Celsi has served on over a dozen local governing bodies from school and advisory boards to committees and commissions. When asked why she finally decided to run, it was a matter of continuing that trend of service. “I really just want to live the rest of my life serving p...
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Steve King, Donald Trump And The Far-Right European Nationalists

What’s the connection between Trump, Congressman Steve King and the rise of the far-right political parties in Europe? Congressman Steve King tweeted back on September 18th a photo posing with German and Dutch far-right party members. These are two European leaders associated with white supremacy and vicious anti-Muslim rhetoric. Geert Wilders, the man shown in the photo with King, is a leade...
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Trump Ties Threaten To Sink Hagenow, Cownie, Koester

As Donald Trump continues to alienate voters and tank in the polls, Republican legislators in swing districts who still stand with Trump risk their own reelection efforts. Nowhere else could this be as evident as in the Polk County legislative races. Peter Cownie, who regularly wins reelection by wide margins in the past, has suddenly dumped nearly $200,000 worth of money into ads and mailers....
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Anti-LGBT Hate Group Funneling Money To Iowa GOP Candidates

The state associate of an anti-LGBT hate group is donating thousands of dollars in state legislative races, according to finance reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board (IECDB). The Family Leader PAC has donated more than $5,000 to eight candidates since 2015. The Family Leader describes themselves as being "in association with the Family Research Council, a pro-family, n...
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