Erin Murphy

Des Moines Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises.



Democrats Hubbell, Boulton take early lead in Iowa’s race for governor

DES MOINES - It was a good week for Fred Hubbell and Nate Boulton.

They are the early front-runners among seven Democrats seeking to become their party's nominee in the Iowa gubernatorial election next year, according to a liberal website's ... »

Gas tax hike pumps half a billion into Iowa road projects

DES MOINES - When they pull into the gas station and fill up their tanks, drivers pay 10 cents more per gallon to the state than they did only a few years ago.

That tax hike, approved by a bipartisan Legislature and signed into law by a Rep ... »

Iowa union appeals rejection of collective bargaining lawsuit

DES MOINES - The state's largest public employee union is appealing a district judge's ruling that denied the union's challenge to Iowa's new collective bargaining law.

AFSCME Council 61, which represents roughly 40,000 public workers in Iowa, mad ... »

Capitol Ideas: Republicans intend to keep Iowa red

DES MOINES - Ronna McDaniel wants to help keep Iowa red.

McDaniel, the national chairwoman of the Republican Party, visited Iowa this week to speak at the state party's annual fall fundraiser.

In addition to her remarks to roughly 550 Iowa R ... »

Cutting Iowa’s historic tax credits could cripple economic development, officials warn

DES MOINES - The Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.

Hotel Russell-Lamson in Waterloo.

The Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.

Those are just a few among hundreds of renovation projects across Iowa that have been aided by a federal tax ince ... »

Reaction mixed to Sam Clovis’ withdrawal from USDA post

DES MOINES - An Iowan found himself in the middle of a political storm this month in the nation's capital.

Just as Senate Republicans were preparing to hold a hearing on Sam Clovis' nomination for a top U.S. Department of Agriculture job, his name ... »

In Iowa, national GOP chair says she’s unfazed by Democratic victories

By Erin Murphy and Rod Boshart, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES - Republicans have complete lawmaking control in the nation's capital, and they want that arrangement to last longer than two years.

So there's no letting up, th ... »

Debate over ‘ban the box’ laws continues in Iowa

DES MOINES - Advocates for criminal justice reforms have sought laws that prevent an employer from asking, on job applications, whether an applicant has a criminal record.

So- called #x201c;ban the box#x201d; or #x201c;fair chance#x201d; laws are ... »

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds laying groundwork for 2018

On a recent cool autumn Saturday, Gov. Kim Reynolds made a pair of stops in Northern Iowa to speak at Republican Party gatherings.

She gave brief remarks at both events, but also took time while eating some chili or bidding on an auction item to m ... »

Convictions for unlawfully passing school buses drop

DES MOINES - An 8-second video shows the red lights of a stopped school bus flashing through a morning haze.

Three seconds in, the headlights of a vehicle appear. It does not stop.

One second later, the outline of a child dashes across t ... »