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James Q. Lynch
I’ve been covering Iowa news for more than four decades. As the politics and state government reporter for The Gazette since 2000, I’ve covered the Iowa Legislature and state politics, as well as Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. I also host reporters from around the state in a weekly discussion of political developments on the On Iowa Politics podcast. I’m a regular panelist on Iowa Public Television’s weekly “Iowa Press” public affairs program and an enthusiastic participant in The Gazette’s Pints and Politics discussion of, what else, politics.
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Latest Articles by James Q. Lynch
Government & Politics Feb. 8, 2022 6:03 pm478d ago
The increase is consistent with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal and more than a 2.25 percent hike proposed by Senate Republicans.
State Government Feb. 7, 2022 7:11 pm479d ago
Legislators try to “level the playing field” for citizens who visit the Capitol to talk to their representatives by prohibiting lobbying activity in the second floor rotunda between the House and Senate chambers.
Campaigns & Elections Feb. 7, 2022 1:48 pm479d ago
In making the case for Iowa to go first with presidential caucuses, state GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann said it’s important to start in a small state and that the Midwest has a voice in the nomination process.
State Government Feb. 7, 2022 7:37 am480d ago
The Iowa Department of Human Services saw a 37 percent increase in dependent abuse reports from the first half of 2020 to the second half of 2021 with 5,800 cases.
State Government Feb. 3, 2022 7:19 pm483d ago
Current federal law prohibits states from enacting daylight saving time permanently, but “who know how long it will be before Congress decides to allow us to do it?” Iowa Rep. Sexton wondered.
State Government Feb. 3, 2022 2:35 pm483d ago
“It’s the wild, wild west out there,” lawmaker says.
State Government Feb. 3, 2022 8:00 am483d ago
Requiring fuel retailers to sell ethanol-blended products will not only spur demand for Iowa corn-based ethanol and produce savings for motorists, but promote its use beyond the state’s borders, backers said during debate in the Iowa House.
State Government Feb. 3, 2022 7:36 am484d ago
Under a proposal approved by the Iowa House Judiciary Committee, a person could be compelled to testify against a spouse who allegedly threatened them or a third party or if communications were disclosed to a third party.
State Government Feb. 1, 2022 7:04 pm485d ago
The feedback from various business groups, conservative tax policy organizations, and water quality and environmental advocates was not unanimous, but certainly largely in support of Republican state legislators’ varied proposals to lower the state tax on income to a single rate; reduce the state tax on businesses; and create a shift in taxes that provides funding for the long-starved state fund for conservation and water quality projects.
Campaigns & Elections Jan. 31, 2022 6:01 pm486d ago
Abby Finkenauer raised just shy of $2 million in 2021 in her bid to challenge Iowa’s longtime U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, her campaign reported Monday.
Campaigns & Elections Jan. 31, 2022 1:52 pm486d ago
Republicans plan in-person caucuses, but Democrats using virtual and hybrid formats in response to party members’ concerns about COVID-19.
Campaigns & Elections Jan. 27, 2022 5:02 pm490d ago
Cedar Rapids native Austin Frerick says he will fight for a fair and progressive tax structure and to level the playing field for locally owned farms, restaurants and businesses so they can compete against foreign corporations.
Crime and Courts Jan. 26, 2022 2:43 pm491d ago
Requests for critical stress management debriefings tripled in 2021, Director Stephan Bayens said Wednesday.
Crime and Courts Jan. 26, 2022 5:36 pm491d ago
According to the complaint, Green shot at Jackson in the 800 block of Sixth Street SW “with the intent to cause the death of another person.”
Government & Politics Jan. 26, 2022 12:05 pm491d ago
Sen. Joni Ernst has been calling on the Biden administration to impose tougher sanctions on Russia now as a deterrent to an invasion. “We need to start pushing back now ... We need to prevent an invasion.”