Staff Editorials

Lawmakers should pass new rules for distilleries

Iowa law doesn't place production caps on homegrown companies manufacturing tools or valves or tractors. But if you're a distiller crafting homegrown ...

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Don’t fast-track sweeping gun law changes

Time for thoughtful debate has not been a hallmark of the 2017 General Assembly. We hope the urge to fast-track bills will ebb as lawmakers seek a new ...

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Lawmakers should pick compromise on traffic cameras

In the debate over automated traffic enforcement cameras, state lawmakers have a clear choice. Will it be a my-way-or-the-highway-style legislative ed ...

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Home rule erosions don’t address underlying problems

Iowa lawmakers are missing the point. County supervisors didn't enter the minimum wage fight on a whim. Local governments didn't enact human rights or ...

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Should Iowa lawmakers give schools more control over budgets?

Another session of the General Assembly, another partisan squabble over Iowa's K-12 funding. What does it mean when the state agrees to a 1.1 percent ...

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It’s time to loosen Iowa’s fireworks ban

After nearly 80 years, Iowa's ban on consumer fireworks is widely ignored and lightly enforced. Anyone who spends much time outside on the Fourth of J ...

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Iowa doesn’t need two classes of public sector unions

Republicans in control of the General Assembly weren't lying when they said legislative proposals to change collective bargaining would put everything ...

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GOP school funding plan is inadequate, repeals a good law

During last fall's election campaign virtually every legislative candidate, including Republicans who now control the Statehouse, ran on a platform of ...

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Make elections more efficient, not less

After weeks of speculation and hype, Iowans finally have gotten their first look at Secretary of State Paul Pate's voter ID bill. We think his proposa ...

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Trump should refrain from restraining science and research

As the Trump administration's curious embrace of #x201c;alternative facts#x201d; drew loads of media attention, less attention was being paid to the m ...

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State budget cuts are tolerable, for now

Trimming $110 million from the state budget was never going to be painless, but a compromise between Gov. Terry Branstad and the Republican-led Legisl ...

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Still waiting for Trump the uniter

During his inaugural address on Friday, President Donald Trump proclaimed, #x201c;When America is united, America is unstoppable.#x201d;We agree. Unfo ...

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Let the spotlight shine on high school athletes

Staff editorial,Media guidelines for state high school athletic tournaments don't usually make big headlines.But restricted media access to this year' ...

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Abortion opponents should build on what’s working

As part of his Condition of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Terry Branstad called on state legislators to strip funding from health care providers tha ...

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Legislative priorities: Focus on the big stuff

There's plenty of work ahead for Iowa lawmakers as the Legislative session convenes in Des Moines. But there will be no greater challenge than finding ...

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