Legislative leader of liberal group smears ALEC

DES MOINES—Iowans should be outraged that an out-of-state group that doesn’t disclose its donors and aims to influence policy exists to bend the ears of state lawmakers, according to state Sen. Joe Bolkom, D-Iowa City—nev...
by Jeff Patch


Etheredge celebrates with supporters as he’s sworn in as Johnson County supervisor

CORALVILLE, Iowa—About a hundred people jammed into a ballroom Monday night at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center here to honor John Etheredge, the newly sworn in Republican on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors....
by Jeff Patch


Sequester’s impact on Iowa government: .4 percent cut

DES MOINES—Dave Roederer, Iowa’s budget chief, briefed reporters Thursday afternoon on the impact of the sequester on Iowa government agencies. The budget crunch will trim $46.5 million in federal funds out of Iowa’s annu...
by Jeff Patch



Polk County GOP chair election Tues.

Polk County Republicans will elect a new chair this Tuesday. Republicans will gather at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn (1050 6th Ave.) for the election and central committee meeting. has provided each of the an...
by Jeff Patch


Harkin tells Dubuque union members he would work ‘every day and every night’ to elect Braley as successor

DUBUQUE, Iowa—Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, all but endorsed Rep. Bruce Braley to succeed the six-term senator when he leaves office at the end of 2014. In a speech Saturday night at a labor union ceremony in Dubuque, Harkin showe...
by Jeff Patch



No Tupperware Party: Iowa State offers training for female candidates

AMES, Iowa—Sue Dvorsky stepped down last weekend as chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party after strengthening the party’s grassroots base of activists, particularly liberal women. Part of the recipe for Democrats’ succe...
by Jeff Patch