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


Controversy over Harkin Institute boils over as new corporate donors revealed

AMES, Iowa—A public spat between allies of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and administrators at Iowa State University has escalated, threatening to implode the Harkin Institute of Public Policy while the institution is in its infan...
by Jeff Patch

Desmund Adams mugshot

Exclusive: Desmund Adams prosecuted for felony child abuse in Dallas County

CLIVE, Iowa—After his 20-month campaign for a state Senate seat, Democrat Desmund D. Adams says you “know” him. His campaign launched a sleek website, produced professional web videos and dished sound bite-sized slogans t...
by Jeff Patch


Charles Schneider

Schneider, Adams clash civilly over issues in Waukee public forum

WAUKEE, Iowa—Republican Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) and Democrat Desmund Adams (D-Clive) met for an hour-long forum Saturday morning at the Waukee Public Library to discuss legislative issues in advance of the state...
by Jeff Patch


Is Strong America Now’s Mike George Considering a Presidential Run?

Telemarketers are calling Iowans to collect data regarding the potential presidential candidacy of Strong America Now founder Mike George. I received one of these calls Thursday evening. Strong America Now already has a heavy p...
by Kevin Hall



Scott Walker Asks Iowa Republicans to Show Courage

The Wisconsin governor who gained national recognition while tangling with public employee unions was a big hit Wednesday night among 250 of Iowa’s most prominent Republicans. Scott Walker delivered the keynote address at a H...
by Kevin Hall