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Latest Articles by James Q. Lynch
State Government Mar. 14, 2022 6:00 am
In Iowa, the average gas price Thursday was $3.924, but topped $4 in many rural areas according to AAA. However, Iowa lawmakers say they’ve heard little talk of suspending state motor fuel taxes -- 30 cents a gallon state tax on gas and ethanol, and 32.5 on diesel fuel.
State Government Mar. 13, 2022 2:52 pm
If lawmakers go along with legislation approved by the House, this weekend will be the last time Iowans have to go through the twice-a-year ritual of changing their clocks — if Congress also agrees.
Campaigns & Elections Mar. 12, 2022 7:57 pm
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Deidre DeJear called for the state to fully fund education from preschool to college and to make at least 30 hours a week of child care available to families. She would support a moratorium on “factory farms” and more funding for Department of Natural Resources water quality efforts.
Campaigns & Elections Mar. 11, 2022 7:16 pm
As she has done in the run-up to formally starting to campaign, Gov. Reynolds contrasted her leadership to that of the Biden administrations and the Democratic Congress.
State Government Mar. 10, 2022 5:09 pm
In 2021, Iowa companies exported $3.1 billion in goods to Mexico, which is the state’s third-largest export destination overall and the second-leading export market for corn, pork and soybeans.
State Government Mar. 11, 2022 7:43 am
The fiscal 2023 budget proposed by House Republicans represents a less than a 1 percent increase from the current $8.1 billion budget. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Senate Republicans have proposed spending just more than $8.2 billion, a 3.5 percent increase.
Government & Politics Mar. 9, 2022 3:22 pm
U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are introducing legislation to replace banned Russian oil with American renewable fuels, saying biofuels are less expensive then straight-up petroleum products.
State Government Mar. 8, 2022 5:04 pm
Proposal to provide scholarships of as much as $5,500 a year to eligible private school students cheered as providing choice to more families, panned as attack on public education during Iowa House hearing.
State Government Mar. 8, 2022 3:03 pm
The investigation could be seen as politicians trying to “push their own agenda and inappropriately interfere with a separate but equal branch of government,” House Democrats said in a letter to the speaker and Judiciary Committee chairman.
Campaigns & Elections Mar. 7, 2022 2:01 pm
Wolfe, who has been clerking for her sister, Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, is running for an open seat in House 90 in Iowa City. Most of the district is represented by Rep. Christina Bohannan, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House in the new southeast Iowa district.
State Government Mar. 4, 2022 6:00 am
Solar energy installations proved so popular that the $5 million Iowa lawmakers appropriated for the tax credits ran out. So rather than get their tax credit, nearly 3,000 homeowners were put on a waitlist. They’re still waiting.
State Government Mar. 3, 2022 7:32 pm
The Judiciary Committee voted to to withdraw the subpoenas issued in its investigation of a district court judge who allegedly committed an impeachable offense during the selection of candidates for the governor to choose from in making a judicial appointment.
Campaigns & Elections Mar. 2, 2022 11:48 am
With fewer than 100 days until the primary, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Franken has shaken up his campaign leadership, bringing in veteran Democratic operative Julie Stauch as his campaign manager.
Federal Government Mar. 1, 2022 9:07 pm
First District Rep. Ashely Hinson selected Linn County Sheriff's Deputy Will Halverson to be her virtual guest for the president’s annual report to Congress. Halverson was shot in the line of duty while responding to a robbery in Coggon last year.