James Q. Lynch

Covering politics and government in Eastern Iowa, and the Iowa Legislature in season



Iowa Senate Democrats oust Hogg, opt for new leadership with Petersen

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowa Senate Democrats heaped praise on Sen. Rob Hogg after replacing him as Minority Leader Sunday afternoon.

#x201c;I can't say enough good things about Sen. Hogg,#x201d; said Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, who was elected to b ... »

Report: Loss of ‘Dreamers’ could have $195 million impact in Iowa

Discontinuation of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - or DACA - program to protect people who entered the country as minors from deportation - could have an economic impact of about $195 million in Iowa and affect upward ... »

Four activists inducted into Linn County Democrats’ Hall of Fame

CEDAR RAPIDS - Four longtime activists have been honored by the Linn County Democratic Party.

Helane Golden, Harvey Ross, Phyllis Peterson and her husband, Sen. Wally Horn, were inducted into the county party's Hall of Fame Saturday.

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Up-and-coming Kander to speak to Linn Democrats Hall of Fame Dinner

CEDAR RAPIDS - A year after Democrats suffered staggering defeats up and down the ballot as voters, especially those in rural areas, abandoned the party, Jason Kander has a simple remedy: Talk to those voters.

Kander, a former Missouri secretary o ... »

Iowa teachers union loses round 1 in collective bargaining appeal

A Polk County judge has denied the state teachers union's motion for summary judgment in a case challenging the collective bargaining law approved by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

The Iowa State Education Association and the Davenport Ed ... »

Bill Northey USDA nomination advances to full Senate

CEDAR RAPIDS - The nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be an undersecretary at the USDA was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday and sent to the full Senate.

Northey, 58, a Spirit Lake farmer in is third te ... »

Corbett calls for more mental health services during visit to State Training School in Eldora

ELDORA - In the wake of a report critical of measures used to restrain unruly boys at the Eldora State Training School, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ron Corbett is calling for more resources for the facility, especially to meet the needs of the juvenile of ... »

Former USDA chiefs predict rising consumer influence on agriculture

JOHNSTON - Consumers, not lawmakers and regulators, may drive the debate over water quality and good farm production, according to a former U.S. agriculture secretary visiting Iowa this week.

#x201c;More and more, the general consumer, with the us ... »

Democratic Secretary of State candidate plans listening tour

CEDAR RAPIDS - Deidre DeJear, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Iowa Secretary of State, is planning a listening tour to hear Iowans' concerns on changes in the state election law and administrative rule changes regarding voter ID and signat ... »

2020 voters may want more than disruption

JOHNSTON - Donald Trump is being Donald Trump and, for the most part, Mike Johanns is fine with that.

Trump wasn't the first choice for the former GOP Nebraska governor and U.S. senator, but Johanns sees him delivering on some basic Republican pri ... »