Man Arrested In Wisconsin, Charged with Elkader Attempted Murder

The Elkader, Iowa police department have announced that 25 year-old Brandon James Thoma was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin on a charge for an attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony, that occurred from a November 10th incident at an Elkader home. The Elkader police allege that Thoma drove a car from Pella to Elkader […]

Education Company Agrees To Forgive Student Loans of Iowans

The Iowa Attorney General’s office has announced that the Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a Pennsylvania for-profit education company, has agreed to forgive approximately half a million dollars in loans for more than 600 former Iowa students and over 102.8 million dollars nationwide that was held by over 80,000 former students. According to the Iowa Attorney […]

Iowa-born Attorney to Discuss ‘Right to Know’ legislation in Waukee

Iowa native and legal expert Amanda Knief will speak about proposed legislation known as “The Patient’s Right to Know Act” at the Waukee Public Library on November 17. Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, a group that describes itself as being “dedicated to working for the civil rights of […]

Anderson Erickson Dairy and the Search for Missing Children

Before the advent of AMBER Alerts and social media, communities had to figure out constructive ways to raise awareness and locate missing children. One such effort was the campaign to place photos of missing children on the sides of milk cartons, which started with Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, Iowa. AE Dairy began publicizing […]

Iowa Peace Activists Gather for Armistice Day Observance

Iowa peace activists commemorated Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, in Iowa City on November 11. According to a public statement issued by the national contingent of Veterans for Peace, “We are reclaiming the original intention of that day – a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of […]

Iowa Civil Forfeiture Laws Among Worst in the US

Iowa has some of the “worst civil forfeiture laws in the country,” according to a new study released by the Institute for Justice on November 10. IJ released an updated version of their “Policing for Profit” report, a state-by-state examination of civil forfeiture laws across the United States. The study, which is subtitled “The Abuse […]

Iowa fails in judicial accountability, according to study

Iowa received a “D+” grade in a 2015 nationwide assessment of “state government transparency and accountability” conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Both non-profit organizations collaborated on the “State Integrity Investigation,” a study based on “research by reporters in each state to grade and rank the states based on existing laws […]

‘Stand up to Super PACS’ rally at Iowa State Capitol

The non-profit group Iowa Pays the Price is hosting a rally at the Iowa State Capitol to combat the influence of “Big Money” in politics on Sunday, according to event organizers. The rally, hosted by filmmaker Scott “The Iowa Nice Guy” Siepker as the emcee, will feature speakers representing independent voters as well as Democrats […]

A Pipeline, Eminent Domain, Possible Corruption, And The Power Of The State

Governor Branstad has found himself in the middle of a great deal of controversy over the Bakken Pipeline that is about to run through the heart of Iowa farmland to benefit a private corporation, based in Texas, that has economic ties to his friends. Personally, like 64 percent of Iowans, I don’t have a problem with a […]