Counting Down to the Election, a Daily Quote Highlighting Steve King’s Extreme Views

For most of his years as an Iowa congressman, Steve King was not someone to whom I paid much attention. That changed a few...

Book Review: The Fall of Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin looms large in today’s political discourse. For Donald Trump, Wisconsin holds double importance: It was both a key turning point in...

Robert Ray and the Lost Soul of the Iowa Republican Party

In 1975, an ethnic minority group in Southeast Asia called the Tai Dam made an urgent appeal for asylum to governors in 30 states....
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Register Columnist: Lawmaker Who Yelled N-Word on TV Wasn’t Being Racist

“Why is the n-word the only remaining curse word?” Joel Kurtinitis, a former staffer on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and a Des Moines...

An Evening at the Holiday Inn Ballroom

John Guandolo is a former FBI agent who resigned in disgrace over a series of ethical violations including an affair with a confidential source...

Downtown Des Moines Has a Discrimination Problem

I live in one of those fancy apartments that they’re having trouble filling up downtown. A couple months ago, many of my neighbors began...

Iowa’s No. 1 State Ranking Is a Cruel Joke

On Tuesday, the day before Iowa Senate Republicans passed a massively unaffordable, billion-dollar tax cut and another bill that would outlaw virtually all abortions...

School Deform in Iowa: A Historic and Present Danger

Dear Governor Branstad, I think it would be good if Iowa had school vouchers. It doesn’t seem fair that if I want to go to...

Is Party Unity Even Possible Between Progressives and Corporate Democrats? Just Ask Iowa

The modern-day progressive movement that is currently so active seems to have both adopted a new shape and then taken off quickly in 2003...