Harkin issues ultimatum to ISU on Harkin Institute guidelines

JOHNSTON, Iowa—Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Friday that he would renege on his offer to donate his papers to Iowa State University if president Steven Leath did not lift research guidelines on the Harkin Institute of Public ...
by Jeff Patch

Democratic donkey

Alleged pimp of underage hookers a donor to Iowa Dem. Party and Harkin

WASHINGTON—Iowa Democratic Party officials refused to comment on news that one of the party’s five figure donors is mired in a prostitution and fraud scandal. Salomon Melgen, a Florida physician and mega donor to Democ...
by Jeff Patch


Braley to announce for Harkin seat, Dems wonder where Harkin money lands

WASHINGTON—National Democrats have coalesced around Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, as the anointed candidate to replace Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, sources in both the Republican and Democratic parties told TheIowaRepublican.c...
by Jeff Patch



Harkin announces retirement from Senate, shocking political class

DES MOINES—Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has announced he will not seek reelection in a shocking Saturday morning interview from his Cumming bungalow with Associated Press reporter Tom Beaumont. Harkin’s decision comes after sus...
by Jeff Patch


Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Herbalife) gets cash for institute after legislative favors

DES MOINES—In the summer of 2011, when most Hawkeye State politicians spent sweaty sessions with constituents in Iowa’s communities, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) sat down to a steak dinner with a team of corporate lobbyists and...
by Jeff Patch



Iowa universities struggle to adapt to the digital era, policies allow email purges

DES MOINES—Iowa’s universities seem stuck in a snail mail world as the rest of the state has long transitioned to the digital age. Transparency and accountability questions at Iowa’s regent universities have lingered beca...
by Jeff Patch