In the last report of a year-long IowaWatch effort to speak with voters about what matters to them we heard frustration with how presidential candidates were address issues and, after the summer nominating conventions, presidential candidates themselves: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Election Day on Nov. 8, 2016, marks the end of a long, long presidential campaign in Iowa, where the presidential campaign began well before the first presidential precinct caucuses in the state on Feb. 1, 2016. Given the length and tone of the campaign, are Iowa voters sick of the whole thing? A clue to the answer in this IowaWatch Connection report can be found in the title of a companion story at IowaWatch: “Iowa Voters Say They’re Tired Of Presidential Campaign, But Still Show High Interest.”
Michael Gartner received the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1997 for editorials published in The Daily Tribune in Ames. He was co-owner and editor of the newspaper at the time. The Pulitzer board praised his “common sense editorials” for covering “issues deeply affecting the lives of people in his community,” including local issues ranging from ordinances controlling where signs could be placed to a proposed lap dancing law.
IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller sat down with Iowa Cubs owner and president Michael Gartner in his office at Principal Park in Des Moines on July 13, 2016. Gartner received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1997 while serving as chairman and editor of the Ames Daily Tribune. Listen to the full interview.
A big money gap marked the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Democrat challenger Patty Judge, according to the latest campaign disclosure reports available earlier this week at the time of production. Grassley’s campaign had $5.2 million on hand back in May, 22 times more than Judge, who had $229,000 as of June 30. Add to that $59,300 in bills that Judge’s campaign owed at that time.
Forty-four people die everyday in the U.S. from overdose of prescription pain killers, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Annually those overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle or firearms deaths. Iowa communities are working to address addiction issues, but for some those efforts are too late.
Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.