Iowans In Kim Reynolds’ Attack Ad Are GOP Officials

Governor Kim Reynolds has the first fully negative TV ad out in the Iowa governor’s race. In it, local Iowans from Newton, Spencer and Ottumwa criticize Fred Hubbell for the closures of Younkers department stores in their towns about 30 years ago. However, a little bit of digging from Starting Line found something interesting about her ad: the Iowans in it are top Republican Party officials in their home counties. Here’s the TV spot: After running down tips from readers and doing some research online, Starting Line figured out who each person is: Trudy of Ottumwa is Trudy Caviness, the […]

Chaz Allen Drops Out Of Reelection Bid

The path to winning back the Iowa Senate – now or in the next election cycle – got more complicated today for Democrats with Senator Chaz Allen’s announcement that he will not seek reelection this year. Allen withdrew his nomination for Senate District 15 in order to take a new job opportunity out of state. It would have been Allen’s first reelection to the Senate after his initial win in 2014 and prior service as the mayor of Newton. The district covers most of Jasper County and the eastern, mostly rural side of Polk County and Altoona. Allen, who was […]

Is Iowa’s Water Quality Nearing A Public Health Emergency?

This week Greenfield, Iowa’s municipal water utility announced a ban on the city’s drinking water after initial tests indicated microcystin — a toxin produced by blue-green algae. The city is conducting further testing to confirm the source of the contamination. Drinking water containing microcystin can result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. It can be toxic to animals as well. Recall that in 2014 a blue-green algae outbreak in Lake Erie shut down Toledo, Ohio’s municipal water supply to a half million residents. The Greenfield incident is the latest warning that the integrity of Iowa’s water sources […]