Staff Editorials

Iowa’s budget shortfalls are more than a revenue problem

Lawmakers and Gov. Terry Branstad are right to pull from the state's cash reserves to fill the latest $131 million budget gap, the result of lower tha ...

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Iowa needs stronger rules for evidence of possible sexual assault

With the help of $3 million in federal grants, the Iowa Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has completed the state's first comprehensive inventory of sexua ...

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Too many tax breaks?

On a recent Friday, State Reps. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids, and Ashley Hinson, R-Marion, stood before a large room filled to capacity with constituents ...

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Lawmakers showed welcome restraint

We saw welcome evidence this week that the Republicans who run the Iowa Legislature are capable of restraint.In some cases, that restraint was forced ...

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Judicial selection is no place for politics

That Gov. Terry Branstad has chosen only Republicans to serve on the state's judicial nominating commissions is troubling. Far worse is a bill that wo ...

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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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