Harkin Institute’s culture of secrecy causes controversy at ISU

DES MOINES—A culture of secrecy shrouding the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University has continued to cause controversy as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the institute’s namesake, continues refusing to answer...
by Jeff Patch

RPI chairman A.J. Spiker and RPI co-chairman Bill Schickel

Inside the Republican Party of Iowa leadership elections

Check elsewhere on for a concise summary of the Republican Party of Iowa’s state central committee meeting today. What follows is a stream of consciousness transcript for information-hungry activists, in...
by Jeff Patch


Tom Harkin: serial fabulist?

When a politician fibs about little things, Iowans start to wonder if he lies about matters of great significance. After all, Hawkeye State voters have finely tuned b.s. detectors honed by decades of participation in the First ...
by Jeff Patch



Iowa unions and politicians fund anti-business group

The Iowa Policy Project, a left-leaning think tank funded by Iowa taxpayers, has produced a smear of a study targeting the American Legislative Exchange Council, a coalition of legislators and businesses groups interested in pr...
by Jeff Patch


Harkin evades questions on Korean firm, which he has wooed with favors for decades

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) again refused to answer reporters’ questions about foreign corporate influence at the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, the new academic unit at Iowa State University that bears his name and for whic...
by Jeff Patch


Ruth Harkin speaks at a 2011 fundraiser for Sen. Tom Harkin's campaign.

Harkins fight quixotic battle with ISU over ‘academic freedom’

Former Harvard University professor Henry Kissinger once quipped that “academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), his wife Ruth, a member of the Board of Regents, ...
by Jeff Patch