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Iowa Flunks Integrity Test When Keeping Tabs On Special Interests


Iowa’s practices to ensure transparency in lobbying earned an F in a recently released State Integrity Investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Draws A Lowly D+ In New Government Transparency Report


The fact that state authorities sought to obstruct disclosure of a police shooting in Burlington explains, in part, why Iowa received an overall grade of D+ in a 2015 State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Continue Reading →

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Only three states score higher than D+ in State Integrity Investigation; 11 flunk


The 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government, found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Meanwhile, feckless, understaffed watchdogs struggle to enforce laws as porous as honeycombs. Continue Reading →

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About The State Integrity Investigation


The State Integrity Investigation is an in-depth collaboration designed to assess transparency, accountability, ethics and oversight in state government, spotlight the states that are doing things right and expose practices that undermine trust in state capitals. Continue Reading →

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Frustrated Patients Disrupted While Iowa Figures Out How To Make Medicinal Marijuana Practical

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When Logan Edwards returned home to Davenport in 2008 after his deployment in Iraq as a Marine, he was anything but the same. Now his life intersects with Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Act that became law in July of 2014 allowed the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, to treat intractable epilepsy. Continue Reading →

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Sanders Brings Numbers, Clinton Gets Boost From Base At Jefferson-Jackson Appearance in Iowa


Hillary Clinton went into the weekend in pole position, and came out of it apparently ahead. Observers said she won the room full of Iowa’s most dedicated Democratic activists at Saturday night’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Campaigns Focus On Voters Over Pocketbooks

It's not about the money but rather how much support presidential candidates can muster when they visit Iowa during the caucus campaign season. This photo is from a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Sept. 14, 2015.

Donors big and small alike are pulling out their wallets in Iowa to support their candidates for the 2016 presidential election, but their contributions amount to little more than a drop in the bucket. There is, however, a currency in the heartland far more valuable than federally minted greenbacks that candidates are vying for. Continue Reading →

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Federal Restrictions Put Clamp On Medicinal Marijuana Research: News21 report

A scientist at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy examines a cannabis sample. (Courtesy of the University of Mississippi)

Research on marijuana’s potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, even though nearly half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form. News21 report. Continue Reading →

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