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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
State Government Jan. 12, 2022 2:16 pm
The merged department should be able to help people seamlessly receive the maximum services in the most efficient way to give families the tools to be independent, she tells legislators.
State Government Jan. 10, 2022 7:12 pm
Cedar Rapids City Council member Ashley Vanorny was among speakers Monday at a “People’s Condition of the State” event hosted Progress Iowa and featuring representative from a number of Democratic-leaning organizations.
State Government Jan. 10, 2022 3:47 pm
Judging by the opening-day remarks delivered Monday by leaders in the Iowa Legislature, Republicans and Democrats have decidedly different views about how to attract more workers and people to Iowa, whose population has been stagnant for a decade.
Government & Politics Jan. 10, 2022 6:00 am
“I think there's going to be an effort to push for everything that's on the agenda,” University of Northern Iowa political scientist Chris Larimer said. “I think they're going to push on tax cuts, maybe more easing of gun restrictions and kind of waiting and seeing what they're going to do on abortion” in anticipation of a United States Supreme Court decision on a Mississippi abortion law.
Government & Politics Jan. 6, 2022 4:53 pm
A series of challenges resulting from the August 2020 derecho that taken together “gives me very little time to run an effective primary campaign,” Stover tells supporters
State Government Jan. 6, 2022 1:27 pm
Along the way, however, there are any number of ideas and issues that can disrupt, delay and derail the familiar routine of a legislative session. Often, they are the same issues from year-to-year: abortion; gun rights; traffic cameras; gambling.
Campaigns & Elections Jan. 5, 2022 5:49 pm
Justin Wasson, 33, is running in the rural Linn and Benton counties district, which includes Central City, Bertram, Vinton, Ely, Fairfax, Belle Plaine, Mount Vernon and Van Horne. The founder and owner of Affordable Pressure Washing in Cedar Rapids says he wants to take his experience cleaning up messes to the Statehouse.
State Government Jan. 4, 2022 6:00 am
The state has awarded $14.8 million to 4,608 residential projects and more than $26.7 million to 2,666 business installations. The average residential credit has grown from $1,850 in 2012 to $3,215 in 2021. The average business credits have increased from $7,997 to $9,990.
Campaigns & Elections Jan. 4, 2022 6:00 am
The race for Iowa attorney general in 2022 will be about “who is the best lawyer to stand up and advocate for Iowans, who will work hard for them and defend the issues that they care about,” according to Brenna Bird.
State Government Jan. 3, 2022 6:00 am
Vacant buildings aren’t cheap to keep up, lawmakers found learned. An impetus for legislation in 2019 was learning the state was spending about $65,000 a year for upkeep at the former penitentiary at Fort Madison.
State Government Dec. 30, 2021 3:00 pm
As president of a national attorneys general group, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller wants "a better and quicker early warning system for consumers on the basic fundamental frauds,” such as Social Security and IRS fraud and utility shutoffs.