James Q. Lynch

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



Ernst, Reynolds condemn Charlottesville violence

Two of Iowa's top elected Republicans on Tuesday condemned last weekend's racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., as #x201c;horrifying#x201d; and #x201c;unconscionable.#x201d;

#x201c;We should be able to come out, express our feelings in a peacef ... »

Joni Ernst appreciates ‘calm, civil’ town hall meeting

WASHINGTON, Iowa - U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst appreciated the #x201c;calm and civil#x201d; atmosphere that prevailed for most of her 65-minute town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon - a sharp contrast from just months ago.

#x201c;I think the audience appre ... »

After ambassadorship, Dandekar forms new consulting firm

CEDAR RAPIDS - After 10 months as ambassador to the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, Marion resident Swati Dandekar is back in familiar territory - both geographically and professionally.

Dandekar, a former member of the Linn-Mar sch ... »

Loebsack, Peters unsure of ‘Trump effect’ in Iowa’s 2nd District

IOWA CITY - Chris Peters is looking for another chance in the 2018 Iowa 2nd District congressional race.

Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack is hoping for another term.

Peters, a Coralville surgeon, is hoping to get the opportunity to end Loebsack ... »

Loebsack calls Trump North Korea rhetoric ‘irresponsible’

IOWA CITY - Rep. Dave Loebsack sees North Korea as a threat to U.S. security, but the 2nd District Democrat doesn't think the bellicose rhetoric from President Donald Trump is helping matters.

#x201c;I'm hearing a lot of concern from people about ... »

Iowa members of Congress to spend recess meeting the public — but not always in public hearings

CEDAR RAPIDS - Congress is taking its annual August recess - or state/district work session, if you prefer - offering Iowans an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives.

Or not.

U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernstas well a ... »

Joni Ernst plans town hall meeting in Washington, Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst expects she will hear plenty of comments about health care when she has a town hall meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Washington, Iowa.

However, the freshman Republican anticipates the conversation may not be as one- ... »

Linn County auditor believes risk from data release ‘minimized’

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Linn County Auditor's Office is #x201c;working as fast as we can#x201d; to reduce the risk from an accidental release of voter data last week, according to Auditor Joel Miller.

#x201c;I'm hopeful the risk has been minimized,#x20 ... »

Indivisible Iowa petitions Blum for opportunity to discuss issues

CEDAR RAPIDS - Can we talk?

That's what a group that delivered petitions signed by more than 700 northeast Iowa voters to U.S. Rep. Rod Blum's office Monday is asking the congressman.

They're concerned the Dubuque Republican is not providing ... »

NARAL endorses Finkenauer in Iowa 1st District

CEDAR RAPIDS - Calling her a #x201c;fierce and passionate ally for women,#x201d; NARAL Pro-Choice America has endorsed state Rep. Abby Finkenauer for the Democratic nomination in Iowa's U.S. House 1st District.

Finkenauer #x201c;won't back ... »