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 […]

Opinion: Universal Backgrounds are Universally Unenforceable

Isn’t the concept of “Universal Background Checks” rather moronic? It’s an “Honor System Law” and there’s absolutely no way to enforce them. Under the 5th amendment you cannot be forced to incriminate yourself, which would be about the only way law enforcement could ever prove you bought or sold your gun to another person with […]

Opinion: Confederate Flag Controversy Doesn’t Pass Tinker Test

“It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” 1969 Supreme Court Majority Opinion In 1969, the United States Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 decision in the famous Tinker v. Des Moines case that the first amendment also applies […]

Three Members of Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign Indicted

Today, the Justice Department charged three members of former Congressman Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign committee with offenses relating to the concealment of payments made to former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson. “Federal campaign finance laws are intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the federal election process,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “When […]

Walker And Trump Lead Latest Iowa Poll

A Marist poll of the Iowa Caucus, released on Sunday, taken between July 14 and July 21st had Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading the Iowa Caucus with 19% and closely followed by Donald Trump with 17%. Florida Governor Jeb Bush, at 12%, was the only other Republican Presidential candidate to receive above 10% in the […]

State of Iowa E-mails Found On Hacking Team’s E-mail List

The Iowa Free Press has learned that two state of Iowa e-mails from the Department of Public Safety were found on the July 8, 2015 Wikileaks release of over one million e-mails form the Italian based Hacking Team’s e-mail list. Additionally, one inquiry was made from a state of Iowa employee about purchasing the Hacking […]

Opinion: Register Not Trump Has Cheapened The Electoral Process

Yesterday, the paywall loving and intrusive ad serving Des Moines Register and their editorial board gave Donald Trump a strongly worded lecture on how he has “cheapened the electoral process” through his controversial comments on Senator John McCain while in reality it is the Des Moines Register that has continued to cheapen the electoral process […]

Marriage Discrimination Continues

With the recent SCOTUS decision hailed as ending discrimination against homosexual couples, discrimination continues against a vast majority of Americans. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from systemic discrimination by their own government, social security benefits denied, tax benefits withheld, even having their loved ones denied entrance to hospitals, hospices and clinics as they do […]