• New guy on the ‘bloc’ aims high

    by - May 11, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Despite his inexperience as a legislator, Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, has received a great deal of support in his party since kicking off his gubernatorial campaign. Soon after announcing his...
  • 20-week abortion bill becomes law

    by - May 5, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu On May 5, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill that places strict limits on abortions after 20 weeks. The law prevents abortions after 20 weeks in cases of...
  • Senate committee approves Branstad for China ambassador

    by - May 2, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to the position of United States Ambassador to China. President Donald Trump nominated...
  • Leopold cuts worry Ag people

    by - Apr 27, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu State budget cuts to agriculture research may jeopardize Iowa’s sustainable future. The Iowa Legislature recently approved a budget proposal that jeopardizes the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University....
  • Trump’s Ag cuts worry many

    by - Apr 25, 2017
    The $4.7 billion cut to the U.S. Agriculture Department included in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal could jeopardize the agriculture support and data-gathering services on which Iowa’s farmers and agriculture researchers depend. “Agricultural support is waning,”...
  • Strong support for Leopold erupts

    by - Apr 18, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Members of Iowa’s agriculture community showed their support for agricultural service centers at a public hearing on proposed cuts to the state’s agricultural budget held at the Capitol on Monday. Many...
  • UI ahead of the sex-assault curve

    by - Apr 17, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Recent federal campus-safety moves would have little effect on the University of Iowa’s policies, because many proposed changes are already in place. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced his involvement in...
  • House slaps down minimum wage

    by - Mar 27, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu A bill in the Iowa legislature may lower the minimum wages in four different counties across the state. The bill, House File 295, passed 29-21 Monday evening in the Iowa legislature...
  • As the judicial world turns

    by - Mar 20, 2017
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Judge Neil Gorsuch’s judicial ideology makes him an asset to the Supreme Court and the nation as a whole. By Molly Hunter and Gina Jochimsen | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu and gina-jochimsen@uiowa.edu As the...
  • Public workers face brave new world

    by - Mar 8, 2017
    By Molly Hunter | molly-hunter@uiowa.edu Many of Iowa’s public employees will not feel the effects of a new collective-bargaining law for a few years. “There are multiple cities and counties that have three- or five-year agreements...