Tag Archives: Iowa Legislature

Political Bandwidth

The 2020 general election will be challenging for a lot of reasons, not the least of which for me is deciding whether policy or politics is the most important part of it. Politics is the art of what’s possible. I’m … Continue reading

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40 Acres Sans Mule

There is nothing magical about 40 acres in the 21st Century. Today’s American farmers can make a living on much less, largely because of crop diversification, technology, and emerging markets for locally grown food. For a beginning specialty-crop farmer, 40 … Continue reading

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Normal Saturday Morning of Politics

Ice and snow began to melt, exposing a small disk of grass over the septic tank. It suggested an overdue spring is arriving. After a long, hard winter I’m skeptical. Time to get outside the house for something other than … Continue reading

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Political Funnel Land

Monday’s date was written on an almost completed to-do list. I failed to figure out why. I think it was because South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held two public events in the county seat. At 2:30 p.m. he was hosted … Continue reading

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Interview with Ed Fallon

Blog for Iowa caught up with Ed Fallon in Iowa City at a March 11 fundraiser for his Iowa Pipeline Walk along the proposed route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline from the Bakken shale formation through Iowa to Illinois. … Continue reading

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Sine Die? Not So Fast!

DES MOINES— Governor Branstad’s office released an end of session message for the 85th Iowa General Assembly at 8:41 a.m. yesterday, saying, “despite the partisan tone of the session, we are pleased there was agreement on the majority of our … Continue reading

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Corporations Are Making Me Grumpy

LAKE MACBRIDE— The bills come quickly as the second session of the 85th Iowa General Assembly draws to a close. They are required to produce a budget, and legislators tend to follow this law. It is not every day they … Continue reading

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