Government and Politics

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108
July 22 – 24
Dark Money in Politics — How much money is enough to win a U.S. Senate race? A lot — up front, but also behind the scenes with what is called dark money.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Robert Maguire, political nonprofits editor/OpenSecrets.org
  • Rebecca Morin, reporter/Daily Iowan Ethics & Politics Initiative
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
94
April 15 – 17
Grassley Under Fire — There was a time when Chuck Grassley simply was known as a senator from Iowa. Now Americans in all 50 states want a piece of him. We take a look at how Iowa’s senior senator is faring in the storm that surrounds him due to his role chairing a key Senate committee
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Sen. Charles Grassley/New Hartford
  • David Yepsen, Simon Institute for Public Policy/Carbondale, Ill.
  • Rebecca Morin, Daily Iowan/Iowa City
  • Stacey Murray, Daily Iowan/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
93
April 8 – 10
The Current Political Scene — Iowans had some clear ideas about what they wanted the current slate of candidates to do once in office. Now, as the prospect of one or even two open conventions is upon us, was anyone listening?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Rajah Maples, anchor/reporter, KHQA-TV/Quincy, Ill.
  • Danielle Wagner, anchor/reporter, WEAU-TV/Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Christopher Larimer, associate professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • David Yepsen, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, Ill.
90
March 18 – 20
The Fight Against Opioid Addiction — Iowa is one of seven states that has not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
Categories: Government and Politics, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines
  • Kim Brown, registered nurse and mother/Davenport
  • Steven Lukan, director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy/Des Moines
  • Patrick Reinert, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
89
March 11 – 13
Legislative Update — The tenth week of the 2016 legislative session is over, with surprising breakthroughs on budget issues just before the second funnel deadline.

  • Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake)
  • Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City)
  • Rep. Mary Wolfe (D-Clinton)
  • Sen. Rita Hart (D-Clinton)
  • Rep. Lisa Heddens (D-Ames)
  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
  • James Lynch, political reporter, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
88
March 4 – 6
Presidential Caucus Review — It’s been a month since Iowans caucused. How do Iowa’s results look now that more than a quarter of the country has indicated its presidential preference?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Cary Covington, University of Iowa political science professor/Iowa City
  • Robby Thorson, voter/Iowa City
  • Steve Reed, voter/Carlisle
  • Jesse Young, voter/Ames
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
87
Feb. 26 – 28
Government Transparency Revisited — Iowa did not fare well in the State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. The investigation looked at state government transparency and accountability.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Chris Mudge, executive director, Iowa Newspaper Association/Des Moines
  • Rox Laird, former editorial writer, The Des Moines Register/Des Moines
  • Keith Luchtel, attorney and lobbyist/Des Moines
  • Adam Mason, state policy director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund/Des Moines
  • Zach Kucharski, executive editor, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
83
Jan. 29 – 31
Weekend Before the Caucus — The debates are over. The rallies are coming to a close after a final furious weekend of activity. And the relentless advertising is about to end. With no incumbent running for president, Iowa’s first in the nation presidential precinct caucuses take on a doubly important role, as the first step in the nomination process for both Democrats and Republicans.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • David Andersen, political science professor, Iowa State University/Ames
  • Benjamin Chalky, voter/North Liberty
  • Patty Moore, voter/North Liberty
  • Steve Reed, voter/Carlisle
  • Reid Slaughter, voter/Waterloo
  • Tanner Strudthoff, voter/Victor
  • Emma Rehnberg, voter/Ames
  • Kathryn Hove, voter/Solon
  • Bill Warner, voter/Coralville
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
82
Jan. 22 – 24
2016 Legislative Preview — The Iowa legislature is back in session. We’ll talk with lawmakers from both parties, from around the state, about their priorities for this year’s session, and hear from analysts about what they expect.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Christopher Larimer, political science professor, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Tammy Wawro, Iowa State Education Association president/Cedar Rapids
  • Jane Lindaman, superintendent, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames)
  • Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley)
  • Rep. Jake Highfill (R-Johnston)
  • Rep. Dan Kelley (D-Newton)
81
Jan. 15 – 17
The Fight Against Opioid Addiction — Iowa is one of seven states that have not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
Categories: Government and Politics, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines
  • Kim Brown, registered nurse and mother/Davenport
  • Steven Lukan, director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy/Des Moines
  • Patrick Reinert, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
77
Dec. 18 – 20
Voices of Voters, Part 2 — We continue our discussion with Iowa voters, with the presidential precinct caucuses just six weeks away. We examine the mood of the electorate, through the voices of voters.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • David Robertson/Iowa voter
  • Sean Connor/Iowa voter
  • Amy Korthank/Iowa voter
  • Gerald Redlinger/Iowa voter
  • Joe Hyde, former Perry campaign worker/Texas
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
73
Nov. 20 – 22
Burmese Refugees in Iowa — Iowa has a long tradition of welcoming refugees…in fact, we were the first state to have a government resettlement agency. But today, the situation is different, and many of those from Burma are suffering as a result. And now, the issue of Syrian refugees has dominated the news.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad/Des Moines
  • Amy Doyle, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center/Des Moines
  • Jeremy Rosen, executive director, ACLU Iowa/Des Moines
  • Clare McCarthy/Iowa Watch
72
Nov. 13 – 15
Government Transparency — A new Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity survey on state government transparency and accountability is out, and Iowa did not fare well in the State Integrity Investigation.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Chris Mudge, executive director, Iowa Newspaper Association/Des Moines
  • Rox Laird, former editorial writer, The Des Moines Register/Des Moines
  • Keith Luchtel, previous director of the Iowa Public Information Board and former statehouse lobbyist/Des Moines
  • Adam Mason, state policy director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund/Des Moines
  • Zach Kucharski, executive editor, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
70
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1
Mood of the Electorate — We’re just one year away from the 2016 election, and on this program, we’ll hear what’s on the mind of voters just three months from the Iowa Caucuses.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Christopher Larimer, UNI political science professor/Cedar Falls
  • Rick Santorum/R-Penn.
  • Jodine Cromie/Iowa voter
  • Blake Delaney/Iowa voter
  • Jesse Young/Iowa voter
  • Sean O’Harrow/Iowa voter
  • Phoenix L’Amour/Iowa voter
  • Lance Warburton/Iowa voter
  • Frederick Dunbar/Iowa voter
  • Rebecca Morin/Daily Iowan-UI
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
67
Oct. 9-11
Brain Drain — Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant, and despite efforts to entice young people to stay, many Iowa college graduates are still leaving the state. And that raises concerns about the health and future of our state’s economy.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
63
September 11-13
Payday Loans — For many who are in trouble financially, their only option is to get money from a payday loan or “E-Z cash” business. But the fees, charges and interest that go with that can lead to big trouble down the road.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Randy Johnson, Iowa Division of Banking/Des Moines
  • Jessica Whitney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Brian Curtis, payday loan user/Davenport
  • Hans Hassell, assistant professor of politics, Cornell College/Mt. Vernon
  • William Brauch, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
58
August 7-9
Burmese Refugees in Iowa — Iowa has a long tradition of welcoming refugees…in fact, we were the first state to have a government resettlement agency. But today, the situation is different, and many of those from Burma are suffering as a result.
Categories: Government, Politics
Guests:

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad/Des Moines
  • Amy Doyle, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center/Des Moines
  • Clare McCarthy/IowaWatch
56
July 24-26
Political Climate Revisited — Political rhetoric seems more heated, and the discussion nastier, than ever. Now as election day nears, we’ll revisit the topic by talking with analysts, journalists, and veterans of Iowa political campaigns about the situation, and how we might get back to more effective dialogue and governing.
Categories: Government, Politics
Guests:

  • Jim Bohannon, Westwood One Radio/Washington
  • David Andersen, Iowa State University/Ames
  • Christopher Budzisz, Loras College/Dubuque
  • David Oman, Republican activist/Des Moines
  • Peggy Huppert, Democrat activist/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
54
July 10-12
Common Core in Iowa Revisited — The national K-12 common core education standards have drawn attention from educators, parents, and government officials. The Iowa Core is to be fully implemented by the end of this academic year. But what is it, and why are so many talking about it?
Categories: Government, Education
Guests:

  • Rep. Sandy Salmon, Iowa District 63/Janesville
  • Tammy Wawro, president, Iowa State Education Association/Cedar Rapids
  • Tamara Scott, Concerned Women for America/Ankeny
  • Mandy Ross, associate superintendent of schools/Ames
  • Celia Stevenson, education faculty, Morningside College/Sioux City
  • Linda Waugh, education faculty, Morningside College/Sioux City
  • Lauren Coffey, Daily Iowan Ethics & Politics Initiative/UI
52
June 26-28
Puppy Mills and Animal Care Revisited — We love our pets, but plenty of people are concerned about why some who raise dogs for sale to us get to keep animals, after being cited repeatedly for harming the dogs’ health.
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Tanya Espinosa, spokeswoman, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service/Washington, D.C.*
  • Penny Nuzum, former dog breeding facility worker/Des Moines*
  • Sen. Matthew McCoy, Democrat/Des Moines*
  • Dr. Jami Mallen, veterinarian, Avenue of the Saints Animal Hospital/Waverly, Charles City
  • Jacob Luplow, IowaWatch/Cornell College
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch

* audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

51
June 19-21
Brain Drain in Iowa — Brain drain — the exodus of young and well-educated individuals from a Iowa’s economy — raises plenty of concerns about the health and future of a state’s economy. Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant over several decades and state efforts to entice young workers to stay are not working as well as some involved in the state’s economic development efforts would like.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
50
June 12-14
Graffiti and Street Art — Is graffiti a form of vandalism…a form of art…or both at the same time? Graffiti has been transformed from simply writing a name on a wall, to a cultural phenomenon with competitive aspects.
Categories:
Guests:

  • Betty Dobratz, Iowa State University sociology professor/Ames
  • Kembrew McLeod, University of Iowa communication studies professor/Iowa City
  • Todd Thelen, business owner/Iowa City
  • Danielle Wilde, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
49
June 5-7
Newspapers, Past and Present Revisited — Bundles of newspapers are in the state historical archives, waiting to be preserved…but there’s disagreement over how to do it. One state agency refused a quarter million dollars to do the work. We’ll tell you why, and also look to the future of the industry.
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • David Braton, publisher, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier/Waterloo
  • William Sherman, member, State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees/Des Moines
  • Anthony Jahn, state archivist, State Historical Society of Iowa/Des Moines
  • Rep. Marti Anderson/D-Des Moines
  • Lowell Soike, retired historian and author/Des Moines
  • Jennifer Ewing, executive director, Iowa State Genealogical Society/Des Moines
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
45
May 8-10
Lottery Proceeds & Gambling Addiction Revisited — The Iowa Lottery turns 30 years old this year. Where does the money from lottery revenue go? And what about those who succumb to gambling addiction?
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president of external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Rep. Kraig Paulsen, speaker of the Iowa House/R-Hiawatha
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment and prevention coordinator, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
44
May 1-3
Straight Ticket Voting Revisited — More than one of every three Iowans voted a straight party ticket in last November’s election. Now, some in the legislature are trying to eliminate the practice altogether.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Christopher Budzisz, Loras College politics professor/Dubuque
  • Danielle Wilde, IowaWatch/UI
43
April 24-26
Sentencing Disparities Revisited — African Americans are just 3.3 percent of Iowa’s population, but they make up 26 percent of the state’s prison population. What’s behind criminal sentencing discrepancies, and what might be done about it?
Categories: Government, Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady, Iowa Supreme Court/Des Moines
  • John Shors, attorney/Des Moines
  • Matt DeLisi, professor of criminal justice studies, Iowa State University/Ames
  • Stephen Gruber-Miller, IowaWatch/Grinnell College
41
April 10-12
The Legislative Agenda Revisited — The 2015 Iowa legislative session is winding down. We’ll talk with lawmakers from both parties, from around the state, about their priorities for this year’s session, and hear from analysts about what they expect.
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Prof. Christopher Larimer, UNI political science/Cedar Falls
  • Sen. Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo)
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames)
  • Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha)
  • Rep. Clel Baudler (R-Greenfield)
  • Sen. Rita Hart (D-Wheatland)
  • Rep. Mary Wolfe (D-Clinton)
  • James Lynch, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
37
March 13-15
Open Government Revisited — Iowa has some of the oldest and broadest laws favoring free information and open government, but sometimes those laws aren’t followed. We’ll talk with those charged with keeping the information flowing.
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • Kathleen Richardson, exec. dir., Iowa Freedom of Information Council/Des Moines
  • Keith Luchtel, former executive director, Iowa Public Information Board/Des Moines
  • Stephen Berry, co-founder, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism/Iowa City
  • Jim Bohannon, radio host, Westwood One/Washington, D.C.
  • Libby Collins, UI/IowaWatch
33
February 13-15
Thinking Globally Revisited — How important is an understanding of the world in business? Some feel having global experiences is important as related to the job market, and more and more schools are integrating these concepts.
Categories: Government, Education
Guests:

  • Crystal Buzza, director of strategic partnerships, Waterloo Community Schools District/Waterloo
  • Sherice Ortman, international baccalaureate coordinator and advanced programs coordinator, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Ryan Rohlf, 2014 Simpson College graduate/Indianola*
  • Maria Cochran, study abroad coordinator, Des Moines Area Community College/Ankeny*
  • Leah Otieno, 2014 Simpson College graduate, Kenya native/Indianola*
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson College

* denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

29
January 16-18
Puppy Mills and Animal Care — We love our pets, but plenty of people are concerned about why some who raise dogs for sale to us get to keep animals, after being cited repeatedly for harming the dogs’ health.
Categories: Government
Guests:

    • Tanya Espinosa, spokeswoman, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service/Washington, D.C.*
    • Penny Nuzum, former dog breeding facility worker/Des Moines*
    • Sen. Matthew McCoy, Democrat/Des Moines*
    • Dr. Jami Mallen, veterinarian, Avenue of the Saints Animal Hospital/Waverly, Charles City
    • Jacob Luplow, IowaWatch/Cornell College
    • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch

* audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

27
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
25
December 20-21
Payday Loans Revisited — For many who are in trouble financially, their only option is to get money from a payday loan or “E-Z cash” business. But the fees, charges and interest that go with that can lead to big trouble down the road.
Categories: Economy, Government
Guests:

  • Randy Johnson, Iowa Division of Banking/Des Moines
  • Jessica Whitney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Jamie Fulmer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Advance America Cash Advance/Greenville, S.C.*
  • Brian Curtis, former payday loan user/Davenport*
  • Hans Hassell, Assistant Professor of Politics, Cornell College/Mt. Vernon*
  • William Brauch, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines*
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

24
December 13-14
Community Colleges Revisited — Iowa’s community colleges have evolved to meet the changing needs of society, forging new partnerships with four-year colleges and the private sector to enhance career opportunities for students
Categories: Education, Employment, Government
Guests:

  • David Ball, director of admissions, Hawkeye Community College/Waterloo
  • Andy Pattee, superintendent, Cedar Falls Community Schools/Cedar Falls
  • Mick Starcevich, president, Kirkwood Community College/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Belfield, general manager of The Hotel at Kirkwood/Cedar Rapids
  • Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • Michele Farrell, CEO, Measured Intentions/Urbandale
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
23
December 6-7
Turning Garbage Into Gas Revisited — What if we could turn our everyday trash into fuel that could power our cars? That time is closer than you think, and Iowa is on the forefront of this new technology. It’s called “trashanol”, turning garbage into gas.
Categories: Government, Energy, Economy
Guests:

  • Allen “Snooks” Bouska, Mayor/Marion*
  • Dave Elias, Landfill Superintendent/Iowa City*
  • Matt Hayek, Mayor/Iowa City*
  • Jeff Mitchell, dean, industrial technologies, Kirkwood Comm. College/Cedar Rapids
  • Gabriella Dunn, IowaWatch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

22
November 29-30
Tanning Hazards Revisited — Skin cancer is a major health problem and a big share of the blame for that goes to indoor tanning. Despite knowing the health hazards, people still do it, and that includes many under age 18. Should the government regulate indoor tanning by minors? And knowing the risks, why do young people still spend time in tanning beds?
Categories: Health, Government
Guests:

  • Dr. Mary Stone, professor of dermatology, UI/Iowa City*
  • Ashleigh Brown, 2014 UI graduate/Iowa City*
  • Dr. Vincent Reid, oncologist, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center/Cedar Rapids
  • Kathryn Susik, Iowa Watch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

14
October 4-5
The Race for Governor — We’ll explain the uphill climb a challenger has in facing a long-time incumbent and hear what’s ahead in the last month before election day.
Categories: Government
Guests:

  • State Sen. Jack Hatch, Democrat candidate for governor/Des Moines
  • Gov. Terry Branstad, Republican candidate for governor/Des Moines
  • Bill Thele, Democrat/Burlington
  • Jim Slater, Republican/Lee County
  • DiAnne Lerud-Chubb, Democrat/Burlington
  • Don Harter, Democrat/Burlington
  • Tony Lindeman, Republican/Keokuk
  • Melody Slater, Republican/Montrose
  • Jason Noble, statehouse reporter, The Des Moines Register/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
3
July 19-20
Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland – An examination of the impact methamphetamine has on children raised in a home with a parent addicted to the drug, from a new IowaWatch documentary on the topic. We’ll hear from recovering addicts, prosecutors, and care professionals about their efforts to address the problem.
Categories: Health, Government
Guests:

  • Kasey Earl Wadding, Bremer County Attorney/Waverly
  • Kristin Huisenga, Gateway ImpACT Coalition/Clinton
  • Glennis Guerrero, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs*
  • Lesa Rios, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs*
  • Ralynn Francisco, Recovering Meth Addict/Council Bluffs*
  • Scott Nicholson, Assistant Jasper County Attorney/Newton
  • Katie Kuntz, IowaWatch

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

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