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The attacks on TABOR continue

October 11, 2015 Do Legislators have a Constitutional right to impose taxes on citizens and to deny citizens any veto power over those actions? A group of politicians in Colorado seems to think so, and are continuin... more »»

On the stump: Political notes 2015

October 8, 2015 •Received on Oct. 2 by fax - yes fax, not email: Carol Torkko is announcing her candidacy for President of hte United States. more »»

Have you thought about MCC?

October 6, 2015 “Have you thought about MCC?” Those were the words that one mother told me she asked her son as he was making his college decision. more »»

“Police Body Camera Video: Who Gets to See?”

October 1, 2015 As police departments across the nation and in Iowa begin equipping their officers with body cameras, a central question has emerged: Who gets to see the footage? It’s a question that has pitted... more »»

What is a “Sin Tax”?

September 25, 2015 As a Director of the National Taxpayers Union, I am not that keen on any kind of tax, but as a Political Scientist, I know that “government is the price for civilization” and “taxes are the price fo... more »»

Widespread support for water quality improvements

September 23, 2015 The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. more »»

An economics lesson from President Warren G. Harding

September 18, 2015 The United States economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession. more »»

Make an impact in your community, vote this Tuesday

September 7, 2015 This Tuesday, September 8, important elections will take place in your community. The next leaders of your local school board and community colleges will be determined at the ballot box. more »»

It's time to get going on the future of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo

September 3, 2015 TO: Hon. Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa Charles Palmer Director Iowa Department of Human Services State Senator Steve Sodders State Rep. more »»

Did you know that rule changed?

August 19, 2015 Each year a plethora of rules are changed in the state of Iowa by the various agencies and boards, and we usually have no idea that something has changed until it affects us. more »»

On the Stump: The Polls are coming! The Polls are coming!

August 15, 2015 Secretary of State’s fair booth to feature presidential poll DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate plans to include a Presidential Straw Poll at his office's booth during the 2015 Iowa... more »»

Being “house rich” – Affordable housing, foreclosures, and home size

August 13, 2015 Many people are concerned about housing affordability, especially following the Great Recession of 2009. more »»

Service Contracts and Extended Warranties

August 9, 2015 When you pay for an extended service contract, you and the contract provider are essentially making a bet. more »»

Ensuring good health care for vulnerable Iowans

August 6, 2015 We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 196. more »»

Eastern Iowa is now part of Chicago!

August 4, 2015 The distance from Chicago to Dubuque, or Clinton, or Davenport is around 200 miles. It’s almost 250 from Burlington. more »»

Questions and answers: Americans With Disabilities Act

July 31, 2015 Q: How has the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) shaped American society? A: The landmark civil rights law this summer observes 25 years since President George H.W. more »»

Is the mail on time in rural areas? U.S. Postal Service is going to be asking

July 30, 2015 WASHINGTON—Small towns and rural areas may soon get more attention from the U.S. Postal Service, following several years of post office and mail sorting facility closings. more »»

Grassley- Questions and answers- Social Security

July 23, 2015 Q: How does Social Security measure up 80 years after being signed into law? A: Generations of Americans have been protected against poverty thanks in large measure to this social safety net signed... more »»

Transparency at the county level in Iowa

July 20, 2015 Public Interest Institute works to focus on issues pertaining to transparency and specifically tries to focus on Iowa issues. more »»

Veto of Mental Health Institute funding hurts vulnerable Iowans

July 17, 2015 As part of ongoing efforts to improve mental health services, we voted this year to make it easier for Iowans to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment closer to home. more »»



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