Rod Boshart

I manage the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Des Moines bureau.



Scott Walker backing Kim Reynolds in 2018

DES MOINES - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is getting help with her 2018 election bid from a border-state Republican ally.

The Kim Reynolds for Iowa Committee announced Thursday the endorsement of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prominent GOP conservative ... »

Iowa joins enhanced emergency network

DES MOINES - Law enforcement, fire and first-response agencies soon will have access to an enhanced communications network that would give them priority during emergencies under a commitment signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds making Iowa the fifth stat ... »

Iowa Gov. Reynolds frustrated with health insurance inaction

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she is frustrated with the inability of federal officials to come up with a long-term health insurance solution or even agree to approve the state's #x201c;stopgap#x201d; proposal to stabilize the individual i ... »

Iowa abortion law goes on trial

DES MOINES - Pregnant women in Iowa could face medically unnecessary delays, higher costs, social stigmas and other obstacles to receiving legal abortions if a new state law requiring a 72-hour wait is allowed to take effect, several medical expe ... »

Trump counselor, Kellyanne Conway, deflects critics during Iowa visit

DES MOINES - President Donald Trump is making progress in implementing his agenda, but that doesn't come through amid the #x201c;noise#x201d; generated by opponents and social media that overwhelms the news, one of his key advisers told Iowans on Saturd ... »

About 700 fireworks sellers pay $200,000 in license fees

DES MOINES - Iowa just completed its first period of legal sales and use of consumer fireworks in eight decades.

Fireworks sales ended July 8, but are set to resume Dec. 10 through Jan. 3, 2018, under the auspices of the state fire marshal divisio ... »

Trump picks two U.S. attorneys for Iowa

DES MOINES - President Donald Trump on Friday named two men as U.S. Attorneys in Iowa's northern and southern judicial districts.

Trump designated Peter E. Deegan to serve as U.S. Attorney for Iowa's northern district based in Cedar Rapids and Mar ... »

At under $4 million, a lower than usual year for state payouts in Iowa

DES MOINES - The cost of settling claims and resolving disputes lodged against the state government for workplace misconduct, employee mistakes or other malfeasance topped $3.73 million in fiscal 2017, figures from the State Appeal Board show.

Las ... »

Corbett rejects ‘D.C. swamp’ money for 2018 bid

DES MOINES - Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, a 2018 GOP candidate for governor, pledged Wednesday not to raise or accept #x201c;any D.C., special-interest swamp money#x201d; in his #x201c;underdog#x201d; primary challenge and called on Republican Gov. K ... »

Iowa casino revenue shows modest growth

DES MOINES - Overall revenue for Iowa's 19 state-licensed casinos grew modestly in fiscal 2017, but the increase was driven mostly by upgraded Quad-City facilities while 12 others posted year-over-year declines, according to data issued Monday by the st ... »