How Much Did Leslie Knope’s City Council Campaign Cost?

NBC’s Parks and Recreation’s seven-year run ends tonight with their series finale. Leslie Knope’s drive, decent humanity and love for her town built a loyal following of fans for the show. However, one thing always bothered me: the cost of her campaign for City Council in Season 4. Seriously, a bus tour? I’ve run several local legislative races around Iowa, and I was amazed at what she chose to spend on for her campaign in the fictional town of Pawnee. So as the book closes on our favorite Indiana government employee, I decided to add up all the expenses from […]

Groups Push for Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Supporters stressed the safety improvements for Iowa motorists that proposed legislation to allow driver licenses for undocumented immigrants could bring to the state. At a Moral Mondays meeting yesterday at the State Capitol, a gathering of progressive organizations described the start of a currently low-key effort to push for the changes. “We know unlicensed drivers disproportionately cause more traffic fatalities,” explained Erica Johnson, an immigrant rights and social justice advocate for the ACLU. She cited a AAA study that such drivers are five times more likely to be in a crash than licensed drivers, in addition to being more likely […]